Emily T. Beck, 84, of Ridgefield, longtime resident of Greenwich, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was the loving wife of Ralph Beck.
Emily was born on July 12, 1937 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a daughter of the late Frederick and Sarah (O’Connor) Miller. She graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in 1958 with an R.N. Degree. Early in her career she worked at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort treating injured skiers. She was also a certified ski instructor and taught at Mont Tremblant Ski School. It was there that she met her husband Ralph, who was on vacation, skiing for the first time.
After beginning her family and settling in Greenwich, Emily worked extensively as a Childbirth Educator and Instructor, working primarily with patients of The Brookside Obstetrics Group. She was a highly regarded pioneer in the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth, with frequent speaking engagements on the subject.
Emily is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ralph, and their two sons; Michael Beck and his wife, Sally, and Jon Beck and his wife, Laura. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Andrew, Christina, and Peter Beck and Jon Jr., Ryan, and Lilly Beck. Emily also leaves her brother Fred’s wife Anne Marie in Ottawa, nephews Ross, Paul and Claude Morrison in Toronto, niece MargAnne Morrison in Toronto, nephews Greg and Matt Miller in St. Catherine’s, nieces Sheila Miller in St. Catherine’s, Martha Miller in Boston, and Anne Miller in Montreal.
In addition to her parents, Emily was predeceased by her 6 siblings; Mary, Bill, Bobbie, Frederick, Marguerite, and John.
Funeral services will be held privately. Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ridgefield, CT. Contributions in Emily’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, http://www.michaeljfox.org. Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in care of arrangements.
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Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease