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Phillip E. Beck, former political activist June 14, 1942 -- Feb. 4, 2006

A memorial service for Phillip E. Beck, a former political activist, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave.

Mr. Beck, of Palm Beach, Fla., died there Feb. 4 after a long battle with diabetes. He was 63.

Born in Cornwall, he moved to Buffalo in 1966 to attend the University at Buffalo and remained here for the next 25 years.

A Vietnam War veteran and a charter member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, he became active in the Democratic Party and volunteered in the presidential campaign of Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy in 1968, attending the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Mr. Beck later worked for Common Council Member William B. Hoyt, then for State Sen. Joseph Tauriello and then for Council Majority Leader Anthony M. Masiello. When Masiello succeeded Tauriello in the Senate, Mr. Beck worked for him in Buffalo and Albany for two terms until retiring because of his health.

He left in 1991 for Orange County and then moved to Florida seven years ago.

Mr. Beck collected political Americana, which he turned into a business, the New Dealers. He also enjoyed jazz and fishing.

Surviving are a daughter, Meredith of Buffalo; a son, Jeremy of Snyder; two granddaughters; and his former wife, Jill Benker-Beck of Buffalo.


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