Hendrik “Henk” Beck

April 6, 1931 – August 29, 2022

Hendrik “Henk” Beck, a loving father to nine children, a jokester and gentle soul, passed at the age of 91 at the Carberry Personal Care Home. Henk was born in The Hague, The Netherlands on April 6, 1931. He was the second youngest of seven children, so it should be no surprise he later had such a large family himself!

Growing up, Henk loved soccer and played well into adulthood. In the 1950s, Henk met Paulina, the love of his life. They married in 1957. In 1960, with a dream to provide a better life for their family, they immigrated to Flin Flon with four children in tow. In Canada, they had five more children, including two sets of twins. They moved many times over the years, mainly in northern Manitoba and settled in Carberry in 1987. 

Known for his wit, charm and kindness, Henk was always an active member of the communities where he lived. Passionate about sports, he played soccer and coached hockey in northern Manitoba. He was a volunteer fire fighter and a member of the Lions Club for many years and a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Henk worked as a plumber and gasfitter most of his life, but he also liked to tinker and could fix just about anything. 

Henk and Paulina were married almost 64 years when Paulina passed away in February, 2021. But their beautiful love story lives on in the memories of their children who still can picture the two gracing dance floors at community functions – and Henk’s famous moves donning his Dutch wooden shoes, and of course the winters the couple spent in Benidorm, Spain, living out their retirement dreams.

A devoted father to Remo, Brigitte, Mary, Henri, Skyler, Paul, Jean, Deanna and Debbie, Henk was an active father who spent time with his kids from cross-country skiing, fishing and skidooing to camping trips, and road trips across the country. A hard worker, he instilled strong values in his children, and his motto, was “it’s OK to get angry but don’t stay that way.” He never harboured grudges and you always knew where you stood with Henk.

Anyone who had spent any time at all with Henk knows what a fantastic sense of humour he had. If you ask him how many children he had, he’d count all nine of them on his fingers from oldest to youngest, but you may have gotten a wink and joke. “But I could have a few more I don’t know about.” He loved wine and beer and always asked what a guy had to do to get a cold beer when he was in the care home.

Henk will be missed by his nine children and their spouses and his 22 grandchildren (and spouses), and 20 great grandchildren, as well as many relatives in Holland.

 A Celebration of Life will be held at the Carberry Royal Canadian Legion 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. come and go on October 8, 2022.

Interment of Henk and Paulina will take place in the Columbarium in the Carberry Plains Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Carberry Legion is his name.

Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences on Henk’s memorial page by using the comment field below.

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13 thoughts on “Hendrik “Henk” Beck

  1. Debra Beck

    Love you and miss you daddy.

  2. Deanna Paluch

    Miss you so much Daddio! I think of you & mom everyday!
    Love you always!

  3. Bev Watt -Mallette

    Wonderful people, great friends. Blessed to have know Henk and Paulina. Sincere condolences to his great family.

  4. Devin Latimer

    Fond condolences to the Beck clan from the Latimer’s.

  5. Heather & Earl McLaren

    Condolences to the whole Beck family on the loss of your Dad. Henk was a great guy.
    From Earl and Heather McLaren

    • Veronique

      Sending our condolences to all our family in Canada. We have many wonderful memories of your father.

  6. Barb Witherspoon

    Sending condolences to all the family , remember all the good times
    at this time of sorrow. In the time I new your parents I always enjoyed my
    visits with them ,they were wonderful people.
    Barb Witherspoon

  7. Barb Witherspoon

    Sending condolences to all the family , remember all the good times
    at this time of sorrow. In the time I knew your parents I always enjoyed my
    visits with them ,they were wonderful people.
    Barb Witherspoon

  8. Skye beck

    So long daddy I will see you again some day. But of course hopefully not soon. Love you forever.Skye xoxo

  9. Brigitte House

    No words can express how much I
    Miss you both Mom and Dad! Rest easy !

  10. Jamie House

    Thank you for all the memories and the life you have given us, Opa (and Oma). I have so much gratitude for the large family you provided us.

  11. Jenessa

    Miss you so much Opa. Till we meet again. ♥️

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