Beck, C. Thomas

October 23, 2005

On October 21, 2005, TOM BECK, 69, of Freeland, MD, died of a heart aneurysm at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. On June 21, 1957 he married Elizabeth F. Matthews of Dundalk, beginning 48 years of marriage. He was the father of Gregory and Judith Beck, Adele and Thomas Kruegler, Daniel and Wilasinee Beck, Elizabeth and Mitchell Dela Rosa, William and Jean Beck, Andrew and Catherine Beck, Gerard and Addison Beck, Patrick and Angela Beck, Jennifer and John Williams, Matthew and Paula Beck, Regina and Jason Denney, and Marion Beck. He was the brother of Barbara and Stanley Nowakowski, Leroy and Elizabeth Beck, Jerome and Marie Beck, Howard and Kay Beck III, the late Howard Beck II, the late William and the late Elizabeth Beck, and the late John Beck. He took a keen interest and pride in his children, all of whom are college graduates. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren and Jackson Maio, who was like a son to Tom. Mr. Beck was born December 24, 1935 and was raised in east Highlandtown on East Fairmount Ave. in Baltimore City. He was born the fourth son of eight children to his parents, the late William Howard and Adele Frances (Lilly) Beck. He attended and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School, class of 1953. He was an All-American soccer player having played in Patterson Park, high school, college, and club teams. Mr. Beck graduated from Towson State Teachers College in 1957 with a B.S. in Education and later graduated with a Masters Degree from Morgan State College in 1968. He had avid interests in history, science, math, and statistics. He worked as an elementary school teacher for 35 years in Baltimore County, teaching at Inverness, Villa Cresta, Padonia, and Sparks Elementary Schools. He finished his teaching career at Hereford Middle School, retiring in 1992. Mr. Beck was a noted wrestling enthusiast and was a force in Hereford Recreation and High School wrestling, acting as a coach and general manager for over 25 years. He was inducted into the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1995. A sports enthusiast, he is one of the original "Baltimore Boys" who frequented Colts games and loyally followed the Ravens and Orioles, University of Maryland Terrapin Football and Basketball teams, as well as local and regional horse racing events. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 26 from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, PA. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 Second St., New Freedom, PA on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 205, Maryland Line, MD 21105 or to St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, PA 17349.

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