Alito recalled one incident while he and Becker were hearing cases in the Virgin Islands - part of the territory, along with Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, that makes up the Third Circuit. After one busy court day, Alito and Becker took a sightseeing boat trip.Justices Scalia and Souter were also at the funeral.
"I looked around for Eddie, and Ed was sitting along the side of the boat with an enormous stack of papers on his lap," Alito said. He called Becker a "tireless worker - but for him, it was a labor of love. He absolutely loved his work."
May 23, 2006
"Life on an appellate court tends to be isolating, and for me, one of the bright spots was always when Ed called."
Said Samuel Alito at the funeral of Judge Edward R. Becker.