April 7, 1945 - August 24, 2021
August 24, 2021
April 7, 1945
Monday, August 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Monday, August 30, 2021 from 3 to 5 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Eric Behets, age 76 of Sayre, PA passed away on August 24, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre PA, following a period of declining health.
Eric was born on April 7, 1945 in Etterbeek, Belgium, as the son of Corneel and Flora Behets.
He graduated from St Jozef's College in 1964 and from the Advanced Institute of Technology in 1969 with a degree in Physical Therapy. Following his thesis on Physical Therapy in Thoracic Surgery, Eric accepted the teaching position of formulating special programs of care for the school of Anesthesia, Recovery room, Intensive care, and the school of Nursing at the Allentown Hospital Association in Allentown PA.
Eric Became the Director of Physical Therapy at Memorial Hospital in Towanda PA from 1976 to 1984. Following his employment at the Memorial Hospital, Eric worked alongside Dr. Murtland at the Sayre Guthrie Clinic, specializing in back and spine treatment. He then spent another 15 years as a dedicated physical therapist at Towanda Guthrie Memorial Hospital before retiring in 2015. During his long career Eric faithfully served his patients, receiving many outstanding patient evaluations and service awards. Eric always considered himself a life-long learner and took courses in manipulative therapy throughout the US and Canada. He was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Society, and the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Some of his hobbies included playing piano and listening to classical music, studying the word of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and studying, and learning about other languages, where he was able to speak five different languages including, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and English.
Eric was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Brown-Behets in 1999; his father, Corneel Behets in 2008; his mother, Flora Engel-Behets in 1973; and his sister, Sonia Behets in 1978.
Eric is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Behets, of Sayre PA; his daughter, Hannah Hoskins (Behets) and her husband Mike Hoskins of Waverly NY; his son, Nathen Behets of Sayre PA; his sister, Veerle Behets of Spain; his brother, Koen Behets of Germany; his grandson, Chase Potter of Waverly NY; his step-son, Zachary Braddock and his wife Kate Braddock and their son Connor of South Carolina; his beloved dog, Sierra; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Many would describe Eric as a man who always was there for you and knew what you needed. Rather it be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or even some advice on way to alleviate back, shoulder, or neck pain. He was a man of faith, a member of the North Waverly Chapel, usually found to be listening to gospel songs about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Studying the word of God through bible verses and devotions, or in his favorite recliner reading scriptures, meditation on his word. It didn’t matter if he was a son, a husband, a father, a friend or a doctor, Eric gave his everything to that to help his fellow man in every way possible.
A time of calling will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 3 to 5 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A memorial service to honor Eric’s life will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York with Carlton Tubbs officiating. For those who are unable to attend the service, we will Live Stream the services at 5:00 PM at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Eric’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Denise Hibbard
Thinking of you two. My heart breaks but please treasure the memories. Love you guys.
From: Jeff Russell
So sorry to hear about Eric's passing. I had the privilege of working with Eric for many years at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. He was extraordinary!!
From: Eileen Pizza
I would like to express my condolences to the Behets Family. I worked with Eric in PT at Towanda Memorial Hospital beginning in 1982. Eric was a brilliant man, but what I remember most about him was his sense of humor. He was hilarious. His humor was off the wall and while others may not have 'gotten it', we shared that humor. He was wonderful to work for and a very good Therapist. I was sad to see his passing, but I know he is with his family in Heaven.
From: Mary Adams
I had the honor of interacting with Eric when he was doing the PT at Memorial Hospital-Towanda. Eric was always a pleasure, had a calmness about him tht put his patients at ease. I was sad to see Eric retire when he did. Prayers for peace and comfort for his famiy during this difficult time.
From: Rhonda Fausak
Hanna my heart broke watching you endure the passing of your father. I didn’t realize his life’s accomplishments until I read his obituary. He was a remarkable man. Always be proud of that and rest assure he is in the arms of his lord and savior Jesus Christ.
From: Bill and dianne cron
We have known Eric for many years attending the same churches. He was a wonderful friend. Bill said that he played a great game of table tennis. I (dianne) also worked with him at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. He will be missed. May God comfort his family.
From: Danielle Banks
I worked with Eric for many years at Memorial Hospital. I will always remember that twinkle he would get in his eyes when he was telling a joke or that little smile he would get when he thought something was funny. For a number of years I would get a phone call on my wedding anniversary, because we each got married on same exact day. You won’t be forgotten, Eric!
From: Linda Davis
Our thoughts and prayers go for all of Eric's family.Iknew Eric for many years He was a awesome Boss and a good friend. He was a class act man and a true man of God.He will always be in our hearts and we will meet again in heaven.
From: Bob and Carolyn Gibson and Grace Dungan
Hannah and Nathen, it was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of your father. We send our deepest sympathy and love to you both during your time of loss. Your parents were very special people. We have wonderful memories of them like our spontaneous Forth of July gatherings on Center Street. Erik spoke of this in a message to Grace a few weeks ago, in July. We will cherish these memories always. It is a comfort to know as believers we will meet together again in heaven. Our deepest condolences to the entire family, love The Gibson’s and Grace Dungan.
From: Koen Behets
Our hearts are with you dear Betty, Hannah and Nathen!
Koen and Edith.
Dear brother Eric, it’s hard to miss you, yes I’ll always miss you, because you meant so much to me. You had to fight for and through your life and than became a wonderful man! We had to live in big distances from each other, but stayed very connected in our hearts. My wife Edith and I are consoled knowing you in loving hands of Betty and your kids Hannah and Nathen. Now you find peace in paradise and we are very sad: but in our grief our love survives.
Your loving brother Koen and wife Edith.
From: Chantal Versmissen Sollie
With all my love from Belgium
Your cousin et her family
From: Marianne en kurt paternoster en mijn Mama Jeanine Hanssens.
Onze oprechte deelneming! En heel veel sterkte voor de hele familie. Vanwege Marianne en familie. En ook van Jeanine Hanssens.
From: Veerle Behets
Jan and I would like to express once again our sincere condolences on Eric's untimely death.
As children we often argued, but as adults we struck the right chord and were able to interact with each other in a warm and humorous way.
I still admire his courage to come to Spain all alone and I am happy for the good time we had here together.
Our thoughts are with you, Betty and with Hannah and Nathen and all who loved and will miss Eric.
Veerle and Jan
From: Martha Dunn
I was so very sorry to read of Eric’s passing. I got to know Eric while working at Memorial Hospital and he was a wonderful person. Always kind and genuine. 10 years ago I had the privilege to have Eric when I needed PT, and a better therapist I could not have had. He was always encouraging and positive. My prayers and thoughts to his wife Betty and the rest of his family. RIP Eric and God speed..
From: Stephen Tubbs
My sincere condolences to Eric's family and friends. I was Eric's across the street neighbor for nine years and we spoke frequently,often about music. Eric was a brilliant man with a kind heart who gave so much to his profession, helping others at every turn. He will be sorely missed by the community. May Eric rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.