2016-10-26 / Obituaries

E. David Begala

E. David Begala of Houston, TX entered into eternal life on October 19, 2016 at 11:37 p.m.

The son of Edward Joseph Begala and Emma Kranich Begala, he spent his final day surrounded by his five children and four of his nine grandchildren. He received Last Rites from his friend and priest of many decades, Fr. Tom Rafferty. Mr. Begala listened to Frank Sinatra croon as his family told stories, prayed, and said their goodbyes.

E. David Begala was born in Livingston, NJ, attended James Caldwell High School, and graduated from Upsala College in New Jersey, where he was a standout miler on the track team. He served in the U.S. Army, and then spent decades in the oil patch. His work took him, as he often said, “every place there’s oil in the ground,” from the former Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, to Indonesia and Nigeria; Central Asia and South America; and especially Alaska, where he loved to fish. His love of sports and the outdoors was lifelong, and it lives on in his children and grandchildren. Many of his happiest moments were spent at his beloved farm outside the hamlet of Andes in the Catskill Mountains.

He is survived by his five children: Kathleen (and Yves Istel) of New York; David (and Becky) of Houston; Paul (and Diane) of Virginia; Chris (and Jeanie) of Houston, and Michael of Newport Beach, California, as well as nine grandchildren: John, Billy, Sam, Nicole, Charlie, Grace, Christopher, Patrick, and Katherine.

Friends were invited to a visitation with the family from four o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening on Friday, Oct. 21 in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, TX.

A funeral mass was offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 6622 Haskell Street in Houston, where Rev. Thomas F. Rafferty, served as celebrant.

A private rite of committal followed.

Contributions in memory of E. David Begala may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.

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