Sanford (Sandy) Ephraim Beck passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021. He was loved and adored by his family, especially his wife Karen. All will miss his stories and his upbeat demeanor.
Sandy was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1938, to Charles and Fannie Beck. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Karen Beck; two daughters from his previous marriage to Karen Marker Beck Fink, Marni Pedorella (John), Julia Jaffee (Marc), and Craig (Patricia) and Geoffrey Bender; grandchildren Tyler, Luke, Henry, Haley, Jack, Charlie, Miles, Ava and Jade; and a close-knit extended family, including brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Sandy attended the University of Rhode Island and briefly served in the Marine Reserves, playing reveille on his bugle. He then got a job as an insurance investigator at Hartford Insurance, attending Brooklyn Law School at night. After law school, he continued his work as a corporate investigator at Royal Shutt, eventually starting his own firm, Management Analysts Incorporated. Sandy was known for his non-stop talking; he especially loved to share spy stories. His career as a private investigator gave him plenty of material, whether or not you wanted to hear tales of corporate espionage. In retirement, he enjoyed a part time job as a starter at a local golf course.
He was most passionate about, and the biggest fan of, all his kids, grandkids and nieces and nephews. Sandy was always in the audience for a play or performance, on the sidelines for a game, or at a Mock Court Trial courtroom. Thirteen years younger than his sister Beverly Fuchs, he was the "cool" dad to nieces and nephews Nancy, Fred, Paula and Ken Fuchs, never missing an episode of one of the many television programs Ken directed.
Sandy loved the Rocky Mountains and skiing with his friend Barry. His honeymoon with Karen was at Snowmass Mountain which due to his generous nature also included his and Karen's children and, unknown at the time, a future son-in-law. Picture Sandy in his one-piece purple ski suit flying down the "Big Burn" on a bluebird day.
A dogged optimist, Sandy's silly and joyful spirit will live on in all of us.
Services will be observed in person by Sandy's immediate family on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3 PM ET. Those who wish to attend virtually may do so by clicking here.
Please call the chapel for virtual service information.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The New York - New Jersey Trail Conference New York, a volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public hiking trails. They strive to ensure that the trails and natural areas we share are sustainable and accessible for all to enjoy for generations to come.