David Wayne Moises Takeo Miháy Pickett Becerra Johnstone Medina, 50, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016, at his home in Providence, Rhode Island.
He leaves his sister Alejandra Pickett Becerra, her husband Daniel Hill, and their daughter Isabella (Scotia, NY); his sister Adriana Pickett Becerra (Brooklyn, NY); his sister Anastasia Pickett Becerra, her husband Noman Nally, and their children Aloysius, Sasha, and Carmen. David also leaves his remaining uncle, aunts, and many cousins in Bogotá, Colombia and Venezuela, and several cousins in NY, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and California; his adopted Amtrak and Providence families, and friends throughout New York, Utica, Rhode Island, Boston, and Albany. He was preceded in death by his mother María del Carmen Becerra Medina de Pickett in 1983; his father Dr. David Wayne Pickett Sr., 81, who died 11 days before, on Saturday morning, November 26, 2016; and his feline companions Claudette, and Loki.
Born in Utica, New York, on June 2, 1966, David grew up in Utica and Whitesboro, New York. He attended Elementary School in Whitesboro & left high school three years early, after 9th grade, to attend Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 1981. Later, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY.
As a child, David was an ingenious costume maker. At a very early age he made and flew in Superman and Batman costumes whenever he got the chance. He also created costumes for, and starred as Spiderman, Spock, and later as Darth Vader. He held several martial arts belts in Judo, was an accomplished musician as a drummer, had an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and a vast collection, and a passion for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. He was an avid skilled MMO-RPG gamer and was really good at board games too. David had the opportunity to travel to Japan, and to visit family in Bogotá, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico several times. He loved to read and to learn, and excelled at everything he put his mind to. David had a giant personality concentrated in a beautiful gentle spirit. He was brilliant, articulate, strong as an ox, and had an uncanny sense of direction. He was funny, sensitive, loyal, and generous to a fault. He was a good friend, and an extraordinary brother, uncle, cousin, and nephew. His friends and sisters will remember long conversations and marathon movie nights with him, feasting on pizza, chicken wings, and liter bottles of soda.
As a young man, David began his twenty-seven year career at Amtrak as a Café Attendant, and later became an Assistant Conductor, and finally an Engineer, a job he loved and at which he excelled. His knowledge of the train was legendary. He was known to be a stickler for the rules and was a whiz at problem solving. David will take one last ride on the train to return home to New York where he will be buried in Scotia, NY in a private family funeral. A celebration of his life is planned by his family in warmer weather, the details of which will be announced at a later date.
David now is traveling to the stars at warp speed and he is the commander of his own ship.
Calling hours in Providence, RI, will be on December 10, 2016 between 1pm and 4pm at Olson & Parent Funeral Home, Inc. 417 Plainfield Street., Providence, Rhode Island. 02909.