In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Ross Kenneth Beck


Lieutenant-Commander (Major) (Pilot), RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 05 Dec 1946          Died: 25 Feb 2022


BECK, Ross Kenneth - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of LCdr (Ret’d) Ross Beck, CD, who died suddenly at the age of 75 in the early afternoon of February 25th due to complications associated with Lymphoma.


Ross leaves behind his loving wife of nearly 51 years Patricia Beck (nee Wright), sons Maj (Ret’d) Christopher (Lisa) Beck and Michael (Dana Blake) Beck. He was a proud Poppa to his four wonderful grand-children Sophie, Sarah, Nina and Lyle. He will be greatly missed by his sister Barbara Spindler, niece Ann-Marie (Alan) Creaser, nephew Thomas (Sharon) Spindler and sister-in-law Joan Beck. He is predeceased by his parents Lillian and Thomas Beck, brothers Wayne, Ronald and sister Jean Crouse Stevens.


Raised in Upper Lahave, Nova Scotia, Ross joined the Royal Canadian Navy and went on to serve as a Naval Aviator piloting CP121 Trackers and later CH124 Sea-King Helicopters from the decks of HMCS BONAVENTURE, NIPIGON and HURON. He retired from the Canadian Forces after 23 years of loyal service before beginning a second career as a civil servant in Ottawa with Transport Canada as a Civil Aviation Inspector. In his retirement, Ross found pleasure in community service, was an avid reader, loved to play golf and enjoyed travel. While Ross was incredibly proud of his long-standing service to our country, the true highlights for him and his family were the many, many friendships and memories made along the way. They made the journey a truly special one.


Often characterized as “one of the good guys”, Ross was universally admired as a man of kindness, sincere character, good humour and a true friend. He will be missed deeply by all who had the honour to know and love him.


In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that you make a donation to charitable cause of your choice in memory of Ross.


Visitation with family to take place at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. Halifax, NS on Saturday, March 5th, 2-4 PM.


His final words are his own: “To all you lifelong special people who have brightened my existence with your friendship, these are my final words, but not my final thoughts of you, as I prepare to launch myself from the flight deck of life into a new adventure. Thank you for being my chums, classmates, comrades, colleagues and confidantes. You have made my life worth living, good bye.”


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