Jeffrey M. Beck

December 24, 1953March 10, 2018

Jeffrey Beck, 64 of Ellicott City, Maryland, formerly of Livingston, N.J. passed peacefully on March 10, 2018. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 1:15 pm at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Road., Livingston, NJ.

Jeffrey Beck, LPC, ICGC II, BACC, JD, CART, MCTC, ABD, was the Clinical Director at The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, which is part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Research and Treatment at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. Jeff practiced law for 18 years before returning to school to get a Masters in Addiction Counseling, completing all course work and qualifying exams for a Ph.D. In Social Work. Jeff was a graduate of Livingston High School Class of ‘71, Washington University in St. Louis and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Jeffrey loved music, reading, bridge, sports and above all else - life. His unselfishness, passion and compassion were evident each and every day, in the numerous lives he touched and the people he helped.

Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Karen; his parents Felix & Doris, the former Mayor of Livingston; his brother Bruce and his wife, Janet; his brother Steven and his wife, Lauren; four nephews and one great niece.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the National Council on Problem Gambling at



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, March 14, 2018


  • Shiva will be observed at the Goldman Residence

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Larry Beck

May 14, 2018

Having shared our childhoods bigtime, I have unbelievable memories of cousin Yitz. Family birthdays at his house and mine. Touch football in his backyard and at Grandma's. Seders and Rosh Hashonahs crammed into Grandma's apartment (and loving it). The Zipper at the Livingston Carnival. Rutgers football practices (and games). Eating nothing that swims or flies. The bumper cars and miniature golf at Beach Haven. Ordering egg omelettes at the Diplomat in Florida. It goes on and on... Sorry to see you go, Jeffrey, but in my mind's eye, you'll always be bigger than life.

Ken Wolfson

March 14, 2018

When I think of Jeff I am reminded the first time I drove to a work appointment with him. He said something about the Beatles and put on an All Beatles Radio Station and this man besides me began belting out the Lyrics "YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY" ........ AND KEPT SINGING UNTIL OUR DESTINATION, NO MATTER WHAT SONG !
Jeff and I know each other from work and we both shared a passion for recovery, reaching out and loving life! He had a kindness, patience and a way of seeing the good whenever possible...Surrounded by some of the brightest & most knowledgeable co-workers I strolled into work each day knowing that if I got in a difficult decision... Jeff would be there to walk me through it, teaching me how to approach & solve the daily challenges that I'd encounter. I will forever hold Jeff & the many life lessons I've learned from him very near & dear to my heart. A trusted friend and an illuminating co-worker who seemed to always see the greater good in everyone & everything.
A shining star in my life who will ALWAYS be revered, respected & remembered with warmth, love, & humble admiration.

Bob Fisher

March 12, 2018

I met Jeff when he and Karen were dating. He was warm, friendly, open and genuine. He could find a song for any occasion.

It was truly an honour to sing at their wedding and to know him.

Dan Barry

March 12, 2018

My friend Jeff defines the word irreplaceable. I will miss all the amazing similarities we discovered regarding
life. We would be talking in general and suddenly YITZ would come up with a parallel of people and incidents
that we both shared. I loved our Saturday mornings at breakfast where the problems of the world will be
solved by a small group of us with YITZ as the Leader.

I know I speak for all that came in contact with Jeff when I say for me "No greater memory"!


March 12, 2018

I met you 24 years ago at your 1st meeting of our Edison Lodge. Always loved your stories of how you handled all your problems and eventually became whole again. you would talk on any subject. One of the most knowledgeable person I have ever met. Great breakfast partner at the Metuchen Diner. You will be missed by many people, that you came in contact with.

Marty Lawrence

March 11, 2018

My condolences,
Sorry to hear about the passing of Yitz.