BECK, Frederick William “Fred”

Fred passed away peacefully at Amica Little Lake in Barrie, Ontario, on June 12th, 2024, three days after his 87th birthday.

A kind and gentle man, Fred will be remembered fondly for his passion for family history and lore, architecture, and for his fine hand in sketching and art. Predeceased by parents Carl and Marian Beck, wife Susan Woods, and brother Charles. Lovingly remembered by children Wendy, Gregor (Kevin), and William; stepchildren Peggy (Mitch), Cathy (Scott), and James (Eleni); and, sisters-in-law Kath and Deb. Cherished grandfather to Gabriella (Jesse), Hilary (Steven), Jackson (Morgan), Iain, and Harrison (Isabella).

Born in Penetanguishene, with early childhood in Wawa, Fred attended Upper Canada College (UCC) and then University of Toronto, where he obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree. A Toronto resident much of his life, he was an accomplished architect who later served as UCC’s Director of Facilities Management. Energetically engaged with community and church, Fred was particularly active in later years with St. Thomas Anglican Church and in the Shanty Bay/north Simcoe County area.

The family extends sincere thanks to Ewa Frydel and the Amica Wellness and Memory Care teams for their thoughtful care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Georgian Bay Land Trust would be welcomed. A private burial is being held. Dad will be greatly missed and warmly remembered by family and his many friends.

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  1. Kaireen Morrison

    So sorry to hear this news. Fred was kind enough to share his memories of living here in Wawa when his father’s story was being prepared. The Morrison family acquired the Beck cottage after the family moved to Southern Ontario and Fred’s plans to bring his wife here one summer were thwarted. He and Art Berdusco were lifelong friends, and John and I were fortunate to be with Art when we visited his brother Charles in Edmonton years ago. They both had wonderful recollections of their youth in Wawa. Sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

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