Obituary of Josephine Mary Walsh-Beck
Jo passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the age of 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Terry Beck. She will be sadly missed by her sister Anne (Ray); children Linda, Gwyneth (Terry), Daniel (Victoria), Damien, David (Kim), and Michael; stepson Larry Beck; grandchildren Jonathan (Crystal), Stephanie (Andrew), Leah, and Riley; great-grandchildren Lucas, Jacob, Harrison, and Penelope. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews and their families: Antony, Christopher, Francesca, Juliet, Sherry, Robert, Susan, and Geoffrey; and her cousins Bernadette, Teresa, George, and Tony. Also predeceased by her parents Maurice and Hilda Monger, son Marc Walsh, stepson Patrick Beck, and first husband Daniel Walsh.
Jo was born in Bristol, England and grew up in Worthing and London. She moved to Canada in 1957; first to Edmonton and, nine years later, to Toronto. She taught children with special needs for the Toronto Separate School Board. She was a lover of musicals and even tried her hand at acting once. Although she was a devoted Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan, her favourite sport was tennis. She was an excellent player and worked as a tennis instructor. It was on a summer day on a tennis court that she met her husband Terry. After 32 years, they passed within a few days of one another and will be laid to rest together. Jo was supportive, caring, and full of unconditional love for her family. She has left us with many wonderful memories.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville) from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish, 200 Morrish Road, Scarborough on Friday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception back at the funeral home. At the family’s request, the wearing of masks, proof of vaccination and/or provision of a negative test result are mandatory.
Jo will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Covenant House or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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