m. 20 dec 1889
Facts and Events
Eli Beck of South Dartmouth, a longtime fisherman and fish dealer, died yesterday at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. He was 76.
Born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, Mr. Beck came to New York in his early teens and worked as a fisherman in Brooklyn. He later bacame manager of the Beck and Paul Fish Co. in New York. In the 1930s he moved to New Bedford, where he managed the New Bedford Fillet Co. and later became part-owner of the Homer's Wharf Fish Co. In 1953 he opened B & G Fish Co. in New Bedford, selling to markets in New York, Florida, Philadelphia and Boston. His company also became one of the largest New England dealers of fresh native swordfish. In 1969, he opened Beck's Seafood Market and Galley in South Dartmouth.
Mr. Beck was an honorary member of the Fairhaven Salt Water Fishing Club and was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford.
He leaves a son; Dennis Beck of South Dartmouth; a brother, James H. of Arlington, Va.; four sisters; Evelyn Paul of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rachel Clarke of Nova Scotia, Ada Mayo of Newfoundland and Mabel Landick of New Bedford; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford.