Joseph G. Begley
COOPERSTOWN — Joseph G. Begley, 70, of Cooperstown, passed away on Nov. 27, 2012, at home with his family by his side.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1942, in St. Ann’s Hospital, NYC, to the late Joseph F. and Teresa (McCoy) Begley, of counties Roscommon and Armagh, Ireland, respectively.
Joe is survived by his loving partner, Linda K. Rutherford; his children and grandchildren: son, Matthew B. Begley and Julie Frazzitta-Hall and her sons, Finnegan and Cian; son, Sean P. Begley (Major ARNG) and his wife, Patty and their sons, Cael, Liam and Quinn; daughter, Margaret K. Begley and husband Orest Hrycak, and their sons, Peter and Arthur; son, Liam O. Begley (Captain USMC) and his wife, Maria and their sons, Ronan and Anton; and sons, Joseph C. Begley (Captain USMC) and Patrick B. Begley. Joe is also survived by his brother, James P. Begley; and sister, Catherine A. Begley; his brother-in-law, Donald Dowd; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Michael J. Begley; his sister, Teresa M. Dowd; and by three infant children.
Joe grew up in Lindenhurst on Long Island’s south shore. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School, and Mount St. Michael High School, Bronx.
In 1961, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served in the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force until 1965, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.
After his enlistment, Joe attended the Suffolk County Police Academy and served with the Suffolk County Police Department of Long Island, as a Patrolman from 1966 to 1970. He joined the New York State Troopers in 1970, graduating with the 119th class which was the second class held at the State Police Academy in Albany. Joe was awarded the Superintendent’s Award for being the top marksman in his class.
Throughout his career, he continued his education graduating from SUNY Farmingdale with an AAS in Political Science, SUNY Oneonta with a BA in Political Science, SUNY Albany with a MA in Criminal Justice, and numerous other professional courses, including several law enforcement classes on the science of fingerprint identification at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.
During his nearly 20 year career as a state trooper, Joe was assigned to Troop C in Sidney. He advanced through the ranks holding numerous positions including Investigator/Sergeant – Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Major Crimes Investigation Unit.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Assistant Director of the New York State Police Crime Laboratories and as the BCI Deputy Commander for Troop C. Joe specialized in the field of fingerprint identification.
Upon retirement in 1989, he was employed by North American Morpho Systems based out of Tacoma, Wash. During his tenure he was involved in New York State’s implementation of its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and provided training on AFIS throughout New York State.
Joe returned to public service as a fingerprint specialist with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Manhattan, and completed his career with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a fingerprint specialist examining Visa and other entry documents, detecting fraudulent documents by fingerprint analysis and traveled the United States testifying as an expert witness.
He worked for ICE at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Service Division facility in Clarksburg, W.Va., and later at the ICE Forensic Department Laboratory in McLean, Va.
Joe was a member of the Association of Former New York State Troopers, Leatherstocking Chapter; Police Benevolent Association NYS Troopers, the Drug Enforcement Administration Emerald Society; and the International Association for Identification (IAI) Chesapeake Bay Division.
Joe took great pride in his Irish heritage visiting Ireland several times, and immensely enjoying his extended family both abroad and in the United States, especially cousins, Patrick Begley, Bridie Wingerter and family, and the Roche family. His eyes truly shined with the hint of Irish laughter.
Joe was a member of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown; a life member of Post 7128 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Post 0579, both in Cooperstown.
Joe was an active member of the Cooperstown Sailing Club where he spent many fond hours sailing Otsego Lake aboard the Seafarer.
It is with dignity and pride that his life and service will be honored at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
The Begley family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Father John P. Rosson, pastor officiating. Burial with full military honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, will follow the service. A reception at the Cooperstown VFW Post 7128 will follow the committal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc., 10 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10020.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.