Dr. William Edward (Ed) BECK

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BECK, Dr. William Edward (Ed) April 18, 1923 - September 19, 2013 Following a brief bout with cancer, Ed Beck slipped away peacefully in the night into eternal life, joining his beloved wife, Jeanne. Our father was born in a farmhouse in Arbory, Isle of Man, just after his mum finished milking the cow! The family moved to Vancouver when Ed was 4 years old but Dad was always proud to be a Manx man. As a child, Dad spent many happy summers with his family at his grandparents Epps' cabin in Strathcona near Deep Cove, Vancouver. As a young man, he enjoyed skiing Grouse Mt. These were the days of no chairlifts and you had to hike up! Dad attended John Oliver High School but withdrew at age 17 to serve in the RCAF in WW 2. For 4 1/2 years he was an air-frame mechanic with Lion Squadron stationed in Yorkshire, England. It was during this time that he miraculously survived being clipped on his head by the propeller of a Lancaster Bomber as it was marshalling onto the runway. The prop actually broke! On return from service in 1945, Dad successfully completed his high school matriculation after which he continued on at UBC to begin studies in Optometry. In 1946, he met the love of his life, Jeanne. They married in 1948 then moved to Toronto where Dad attended the College of Optometry, now Waterloo, graduating in 1952. Our parents had a wonderful 62 years and 1 month marriage until Jeanne's passing on September 30, 2010. Both our parents said the secret to a good marriage is to each give 75%. They lived life fully, enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, golfing, skiing, archery, tennis, boating and travelling. Their adventures took them to Grand Cayman, Cuba, Hawaii, Aruba, Mexico and around North America. For their 50th anniversary, they toured the UK, including returning to the farmhouse where Dad was born. Dad's first optometric practice was in Campbell River where they were very active in Kinsmen and still have life-long friends from there. Dad loved to go fishing as often as possible. His biggest catch was a 49 1/2 lb. Tyee salmon. In 1955 they welcomed daughter, Shelley into their lives. Then in 1957, they were thrilled to welcome son, James. In 1959, we moved to Victoria where Dad's next practice lasted 30 years. 20 years in the old Eaton's building and 10 in the CIBC building, retiring in 1989. Dad was an avid golfer and was so looking forward to his 50 year milestone (March '14) as a member of Royal Colwood Golf Club. He was pleased to have reached a 15 handicap at one point but admits in the last few months, he stopped counting his strokes! Dad kept busy with many projects. He was a self-taught handyman and could fix darn near anything to perfection. His main hobby for 43 years was wine-making. He belonged to the Victoria Wine-Makers Guild and Saanich Sommeliers, receiving many awards for his wines. Our parents attended the Church of the Nazarene and thoroughly enjoyed the services and fellowship there. Dad was predeceased by his sisters, Marg and Dot. He is survived by, and will be deeply missed by his daughter, Shelley (Jim) Lee, Bellingham, and his son, James Beck, Penticton and nieces and nephews in Bellingham. Dad said he will very much miss his many dear friends, old and new, golf buddies, church family and his Tuesday coffee group. When asked how he felt about his life, our father said, "I've had a good life, and enjoyed every minute of it!" A good lesson for us all. There will be a graveside service at Royal Oak Burial Park, Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, we are asking you to consider a donation to a charity of your choice or take a moment to do a random act of kindness in our Dad's memory.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2013
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