Robert Lawson Beck

26 October , 19469 March , 2019
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The joy-filled adventure that was Rob Beck's life came to an end on March 9, 2019. Rob's journey was one of passion, laughter, discovery, and deep commitment to family, friends, work, and community. His passing came with peaceful grace and gentle dignity.

Robert Lawson Beck was born in Charlottetown, PEI, on October 26, 1946, and passed away in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife Deborah and step-daughter Laurel MacInnis; brothers Jock (Gwen), Scott (Christine), Cam (Roxanne), and sister Nancy; stepmother-in-law Audrey Dicks; brother-in-law Brian (Barb) Dicks and sisters-in-law Cheryl (Dana) Morgan, Roberta (Terry) Keough, and Pam MacKenzie; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and extended family. Rob was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Annabelle (“Flea” Lawson) Beck; his brother Sandy; his mother-in-law Elaine (Andrews) Dicks and father-in-law Robert Dicks.

Rob's love of the people in his life was endless. He was a friend to many, to those he knew from his childhood to those he met by chance a month ago. He remembered your name and greeted you with a smile. He was an optimist. Because he looked for the good in others always, he invariably found the good and rejoiced in it.

Rob brought that sense of celebration and goodness to everything he gave his energy to. He also brought his intelligence, his quick wit, and his keen analytical skills. He was a consummate sales professional and loyal employee. During his thirty-year career as an account executive with CTV-Bellmedia, Rob welcomed each business day with enthusiasm and nurtured his relationships with clients, many of whom became cherished friends.

Rob always contributed to his community as a dedicated volunteer. Diabetes Canada benefited from his involvement on a provincial and national level, as did countless other organizations, including the Nova Scotia Leadership Prayer Breakfast Steering Committee, Nova Scotia Health, Habitat for Humanity, the Saint John Board of Trade, the Halifax Board of Trade, the PEI Council for Small Business, and the Christmas Daddies Telethon. Rob was active in yacht clubs across the Maritime provinces and was a senior member of Armdale Yacht Club. Rob revelled in every moment he spent on the water.

As the salt air was in Rob's blood, so too was music. He grew up surrounded by music and spent his life sharing the joy it brought him with others. He played numerous instruments, but found special delight in playing the guitar. He performed in various bands over the years and loved nothing better than passing the time jamming with friends.

Music was a language Rob always spoke and it was one that ultimately helped him communicate his deep, abiding beliefs. Within the embrace of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, especially, Rob expressed the joy, comfort, and boundless truth he found in his Christian faith. He never felt the need to preach his faith. He sang it, he shared it, he lived it every day.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Rob's life. A funeral service (followed by a reception in the church hall) will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 633 Pockwock Road, Upper Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. An informal gathering for any and all will also be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Armdale Yacht Club, 75 Burgee Run, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Please be aware that all events will be scent-free. No flowers by request. Donations in Rob's memory may be made to the Diabetes Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by J.A. Snow Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at:


23 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

633 Pockwock Rd,
Upper Hammonds Plains, NS B4B1N8

23 March


3:30 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

633 Pockwock Road,
Upper Hammonds Plains, NS

24 March

Informal Gathering for Any and All

3:00 pm

Armdale Yacht Club

75 Burgee Run
Halifax, NS


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Duncan Cann

16 March 2019

It has been such a pleasure to have know Robert Beck.
He was the purest example of enjoy what you have in
life and don't waste a moment. Marina "C" was his second
home. Banging out a tune on his guitar while singing along
with that raspy voice never missing a chance to catch a friends
line when returning to the dock. Lots of laughter, stories and just
plain fun at the dock was a day with Rob. A sun filled day finished off with
Deb, friends and a glass of wine on the Grady White was life's recipe.
Rob was the perfect dock neighbour, a gentleman and a great friend.
Too soon to set sail for such a special person.
Sadly missed.

Deepest sympathies to Deb, Laurel & Family

Duncan & Dawn

Cheryl & John Stead & Cox

16 March 2019

Cam and Roxanne, please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Katherine Younker

16 March 2019

Proud to say I too knew this fellow Maritimer and had the privilege to volunteer with him @DiabetesCanada. Rob and I shared a love of sailing and I never had the opportunity to see him at the Armdale Yacht club after moving to Victoria, BC, but certainly would have been in touch. Rob is one of those who made the world a better place. I took this photo of Rob with Aileen Leo at one of the Diabetes Canada National Advocacy Committee meetings in 2014.

Joanne Ings

14 March 2019

So sorry to read of Rob’s passing. Sincere condolences to all the Beck clan.
My thoughts are with you and remembering Rob and his band playing the Saturday night dances at the Beaver Club in Montague. Rest well Rob.
Joanne Ings

Jack Simmonds

14 March 2019

Deborah, Cam, Roxanne, Nancy & Families;
I was very sorry to hear of Rob's passing. No doubt it is a great loss to all of you.
I am sure from his Obituary you have lots of good memories of your times together.
I hope these memories comfort you at this very sad time.
With Deepest Sympathy;
Jack Simmonds

John & Mary Jeffery

14 March 2019

To Deborah: Where has the Time Gone??

Though we have not seen you since Portland Street Honda,
Rob and I used to hold quarterly business meetings concerning CTV billings,
Hot item on the meeting agenda, was an up -date, how Debbie was progressing with her health . You know Rob , he was more than pleased and thankful to update us in detail on your condition. We were so sorry to hear of Rob"s passing. We send our sincere condolences to You and your family.
God Bless and Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Mary and John Jeffery

Bill & Rose Primeau

14 March 2019

We are deeply saddened by the news of Rob's passing. He left his mark on everyone he met. Rob had the most distinctive voice, and that, coupled with dry wit and infectious good humour, made him the life of any party.
Deb and Laurel , we mourn his passing with you, and are thankful to have had the privilege of his friendship.

Carman Downey

14 March 2019

Condolences Debbie to you and the family. I will miss Rob sitting behind me in the choir always cracking jokes with me. He will be missed by all who knew him. Carman and Stevie

Wayne Dunsford

14 March 2019

Though I haven’t seen Robbie in a long time I have many great memories of the time many years when we played in a band together. Particularly, when I hear the song “Scotch and Soda”, my mind would always think of Robbie and how he loved singing that tune.

My condolences to Robbie’s family and to all his siblings, and in particular Jock and Cammie whom I have known for A long time as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Wayne Dunsford

Fred Pegley

13 March 2019

Rob always had a smile and I kind word for all of us. I will miss his humour and kindness. He was a special man.