John W. "Jack" Beck, Jr.

  • Born: March 2, 1946
  • Died: November 17, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

John W. Beck, Jr. resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his home. He was 74.

Born on March 2, 1946 in Cambridge, Jack (as he was called) is one of three children of the late John W. and Mary (Ehler) Beck, Sr. He grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin. He enjoyed candlepin bowling and was in numerous leagues throughout his youth. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 and served as a Platoon Commander during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1968 as a 1st Lieutenant receiving a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

After Jack's service to his country, he married Jeanne Sasso on July 2, 1972. They settled in Melrose to raise their family.

Jack went to work as a refrigeration mechanic for industrial HVAC repair and maintenance and was a proud member of Pipefitters Local# 537.

Jack was larger than life and a huge presence in the lives of his family and friends. He was a loving and caring father and an amazing "papa" to his three grandchildren who meant the world to him. He was an avid Sci-Fi fan who was fascinated with space, especially Mars, and dreamed of being able to travel there one day.

A meticulous planner, Jack loved planning for travel as much as he loved traveling itself. He visited all the continents except for Antarctica and enjoyed planning cruises for his Melrose High School Band Family. Cruising was his favorite way to see the world and he and Jeanne sailed to 60 countries together. If Jack was near or on the water, he was a happy man.

Jack's generosity, enthusiasm and spirit of adventure will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of Jeanne (Sasso) Beck with whom he shared 48 years of Marriage. Devoted father of Gina Beck McCormick and her husband Kirk of Reading, and John W. Beck III and his wife Elizabeth Janiak of Somerville. Loving brother of Charles Beck of N. Reading, and Elizabeth Carman and her husband Russell of Wakefield. Cherished grandfather of Clara and Eleanor McCormick and Chester Beck. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Services with military funeral honors for John will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In Honor of John's life, the family asks everyone to please remember to wear your mask.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I know this is belated, but I wanted to share my deepest condolences with the Beck family. While I never met John, I know that he must have been an amazing man because his daughter Gina is an outstanding person in so many ways. As a friend of Gina, I know he must have been so proud of her for many reasons including her civic work in the community, her active participation in the school system, her passion for justice, and her incredible parenting of his gorgeous, brilliant granddaughters. Peace be with you.

Posted by Janice Grant Menes - Reading, MA - Friend   February 22, 2021

A classic partnership as Jack and I Co-Coached the Melrose HS State Champion Odyssey of the Mind Team that went to the Nationals at Univ. of Tennessee. Of course the team (which included my Michelle and his Gina) did not need much coaching but Jack taught them being yourself - and for him that meant a very unique mind and personality - was most important. A special guy and the Driscoll family sends it's best to Jeanne, Gina and John. Love, Dave Driscoll.

Posted by David Driscoll - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   November 27, 2020

I am so sad to have lost John. It was always so much fun laughing with him as we planned his next big adventure. He was always kind and patient and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Gail Shinbaum - Houston, TX - Friend   November 24, 2020

To the Beck Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Beck as a loving father and family man. I remember Mr. Beck as someone who supervised Atari games in the basement and taught kids how to make greeting cards and banners on the Apple computer. He loved cashews and always made sure that I crossed Main Street safely on my way home.

To Johnny, Gina, and Mrs. Beck: The entire Gorman family is thinking of you right now. And we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jim Gorman - Reading, MA - Family Friend   November 22, 2020

I am so sad about the passing of Jack. He loved life and was such a family man. He enjoyed so much his travels with Jeanne and his kids and grandkids. I loved hearing the stories. I will miss him so much. Chic will miss him terribly, as I watched them become so close over the past several years. My deepest condolences to his loved ones. Carol Covell, November 22, 2020

Posted by Carol Covell - North Reading, MA - Friend   November 22, 2020

JB I so enjoyed that in recent years we were able to get together more frequently. Trips to spring training, odd jobs around the house, and the many lunches we were able to enjoy. I will dearly miss you.
Love Chic

Posted by Charles Beck - North Reading, MA - Brother   November 22, 2020

Dennis and I were so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I know he was so proud of his family. I have so many fond memories of Jack over the years at family gatherings! A great man and a great cousin. With our deepest condolences. Joyce and Dennis Condon

Posted by Joyce Condon - Family   November 22, 2020

So sad to hear about the passing of my long time friend "JB". We have many memories of our life growing up in Cambridge - bowling with the Telstars at Turnpike Bowladrome (Jack was an awesome bowler), card games at Club 47, the infamous Sasso girls triple wedding (which I was honored to be Mary's maid-of-honor) and all these years of continued friendship and group gatherings. My heart and thoughts go out to Jeanne, Gina and Johnny and your families. Jack had quite a come back from his prior fight with cancer and was able to add many more trips to his travelogue. So very sorry that his travels were cut short. He will be much missed

Posted by Gail Taylor - GILFORD, NH - Friend   November 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families keep the wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.Keep those precious memories close to the families hearts ♥.As the families cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time of grief and pain.

Posted by A friend   November 22, 2020

We are so sorry to hear that Jack has passed. What a great guy! We met Jack and Jeanne only 4 years ago on a China cruise and liked them both very much immediately. Jack was a wonderful story teller and we really enjoyed hearing about his and Jeanne's adventures. Our sincerest sympathy to the family. Friends from Adelaide, Australia (Oz) Malcolm and Kerry Bayly Nov 22, 2020

Posted by Malcolm and Kerry Bayly - Adelaide, Australia - Friend   November 21, 2020

Rest in Peace, Jackie. I treasure lots of childhood memories from Malcolm Road and Standish Street days way back when.

Brian Mahan

Posted by Brian J. Mahan - Friend   November 21, 2020

My sincerest sympathy to the Beck Family. May the memories you shared and the fun times together bring a smile and laughter to all of you. RIP Mr. Beck

Posted by Pamela Beckford - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   November 21, 2020

Rest In Peace Jackie.
We were old friends from the corner in Cambridge.
He was a very good baseball player.

Posted by Dan Brennan - Friend   November 21, 2020

I was saddened hearing the passing of you my friend..Roger and I are so grateful for all the adventures we shared together with you and Jean. To name a few, Mediterranean, Cuba and our last and most memorable, Egypt..Thank you for such fond and great experiences. Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures and sharing with us... we look at them often!! We had so much fun!!! We love you and miss you. Will forever be thankful for your friendship...

Posted by Ksren Beaudet - Salem, NH - Friend   November 20, 2020

So sad I lost a dear friend

Posted by Roger Beaudet - Family Friend   November 20, 2020

Al and I offer our sincere condolences.
Lisa & Al Howitt

Posted by Lisa & Al Howitt - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   November 19, 2020

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