~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Basil B. Beck
August 5, 1915 - May 7, 2013
Belated notification with the passing of WWII veteran NEA/DL pilot Captain Basil Beck, age 97. (newspaper source notes date of death as May 7, funeral home website notes May 6 as date of passing) Captain Beck joined Northeast 08-01-1939 and retired with Delta Air Lines I believe at the mandatory age 60 in 1975 (funeral home website notes 42 years, newspaper source indicates 36 years of service). He was widowed in 2011 with the death of his wife Phyllis. Captain Beck had most recently resided at Center Barnstead NH.
Basil B. Beck, August 5, 1915 - May 7, 2013, moved to Berlin NH from Nova Scotia in 1929. He attended MIT and received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering in Aviation. He got his pilot license in 1936, was hired by North East Airlines in 1939, and flew mail and material across the North Atlantic from Labrador to Scotland for the US Army Air Corp.
At the end of the war, he got his commercial pilot license with North East Airlines, flying from Bangor, Maine to Boston, where he flew over Barnstead and fell in love with Upper Suncook Lake. He returned with his float plane and bought lake front property from Dutch Graham in 1947. He retired from Delta Airlines in 1974, sold his last float plane in 1995, giving up his love of flying at the age of 80.
He made countless trips to Florida and across the country in his motor home he shared with his beloved wife, Phyllis, before their last excursion in 2007.
He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis in 2011 and is survived by his three children: Bryan and Bill of Barnstead, Gail Ozuna of Texas, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren. He will be missed.
Basil B. Beck
[08/05/1915 - 05/06/2013]
Mr. Basil B. Beck, 97, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home in Center Barnstead.
Born in Nova Scotia on August 5, 1915, Basil was the son of Brunswick and Lucy (Kedder) Beck and moved to the United States in 1929. He graduated from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He was a member of the Civil Air Corps, flying mail from Greenland to Scotland during World War II. He also worked for the CCC in North Conway on the Bear Hill Notch Road. Mr. Beck was an airline pilot for Delta, retiring as Captain after 42 years of service.
He was married for 68 years to Phyllis Hedden Beck, who predeceased him in 2011. Mr. Beck is survived by 3 children and their spouses, Gail Ozuna and Gabriel of Pittsburg, TX, William Beck and Jennifer and Bryan Beck and Joanne, all of Barnstead; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 7 great great grandchildren.
Phyllis P. Beck
Date of Birth: Thursday July 16, 1925
Date of Death: Wednesday March 30, 2011
Phyllis P. Beck, 85, of Upper Suncook Lane, died
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Epsom Health Care Center following a
She was born in Brockton, Mass. the daughter of William and Lillian
Headden and has lived in Barnstead for over 40 years.
She is survived by her husband Basil Beck of Barnstead; two sons,
William Beck and Bryan Beck both of Barnstead; and a daughter Gail
Ozuna of Mount Pleasant, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great
grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.