Steven Allen Beck Obituary
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Steven Allen Beck in West Boylston, Massachusetts. He died from complications of Covid-19 at age 67. Steve never married and had no children of his own, but was a loving uncle, brother, and son. He is remembered most for his people skills and powers of persuasion, his commanding presence, his adventurous free spirit, his ability to make a life wherever he landed, and his humor. He had many loyal friends on both coasts.
Steve is survived by his younger sister, Suzanne Beck-Hammoud and spouse Chafic Hammoud of Huntington Beach, CA, and older brother Nick Beck and spouse Theresa Beck of Sterling, MA; his step-mother Essie Beck of Downey CA; one niece, Julia, and five nephews, Jancarlo, Kareem, Ramzee, Andrew, and Haddee. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Leone Beck, and siblings Mark Beck and Laina Beck.
Steve was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up with four siblings in the Los Angeles area. Steve’s early interests were motorcycles (primarily dirt bikes) and hot cars, and rebuilding engines in his Dad’s garage. After high school, he attended Orange Coast College and studied aeronautics and took flying lessons. His affinity for the ocean led him to sailing, for years. He joined a sailing club, took lessons and was soon renting larger sailboats, which he piloted with friends and family on board. He loved nightlife, socializing with the ladies, especially near the marina. Early on, he supported himself as a Teamster forklift driver, and part time real estate agent, and in general sales. Like his lifelong friend, Tony, Steve always had interest in art. This eventually led him to sign-making.
Later in life, Steve lived many happy, rewarding years in Uxbridge MA. He opened his own sign shop in 1995. In time, he became well-known as a skilled sign maker, and had many loyal and repeat customers from all over the county. Everybody knew “Steve the sign guy.” For recreation, he bought and sold powerboats to explore and fish Massachusetts lakes with his friends and family.
The family is grateful to Oakdale Skilled Nursing Facility who took good care of Steve for years after his debilitating stroke in 2015. They are the best.
Notice: there is no in-person funeral for Steve at this time, due to the virus. Perhaps in the future.