Dr. James Murray Beck
Upgrade this Memorial Tribute

Dr. James Murray Beck

December 02, 1914 - June 30, 2011

Dr. James Murray Beck

December 02, 1914 - June 30, 2011


Why order flowers through us?

Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.

The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.

Memorial Candles

A Perpetual Tribute

The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.

Memorial Trees

Circle of Life

In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.

Sympathy Cards

A Thoughtful Gesture

Placeholder - to be replaced with Donations

Place a Donation

The gift of giving

We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.

Financial Support

A Helping Hand

The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.

This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
To notify the funeral home of your interest, complete and submit the following form:

Obituary for Dr. James Murray Beck

Dr. James Murray Beck, 96 of Lunenburg, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Drummond Hall, Halifax.

Born in Lunenburg, he was a son of Allan Clyde and Florence (Silver) Beck.

During the Second World War he was a radar mechanic and officer in Britain and on the continent with the R.C.A.F., attached R.A.F. and attached to U.S. Ninth Air Force. Educated at Lunenburg Academy, Acadia University, and the University of Toronto, he taught in the public schools in South Brookfield, Lawrencetown, and Guysborough, and in the veterans’ school in Windsor and Pictou. After receiving a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he taught at Acadia, the Royal Military College of Canada, and for seventeen years in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie.

Between 1967 and 1969, he acted as a constitutional advisor to the G.I. Smith government. He received honorary LL.D.s from Dalhousie, St. Francis Xavier, and the Royal Military College; was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1976; and became a member of the Order of Canada in 1993 and a fellow of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society in 2004. He was also awarded the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

The author of seven books and the editor of two others, he wrote “The Government of Nova Scotia”, “Pendulum of Power”, a two volume biography of Joseph Howe, the two volume “Politics of Nova Scotia”, and the “Evolution of Municipal Government in Nova Scotia”. He also wrote fifty biographies of Nova Scotians for the “Dictionary of Canadian Biography” and about fifty other articles and reviews on Canadian and Nova Scotia history and government. During his retirement he did considerable research and writing on Lunenburg’s historical development and completed a study of Lunenburg’s provincial and federal elections between 1758 and 1999.

For him, his seventeen years at Dalhousie were the highlight of his teaching career and he appreciated beyond words the recognition accorded him by Dalhousie community at the time of his retirement: honorary LL.D., Dalhousie Alumni teaching award (chosen by the student body in the first year of his establishment), status of professor emeritus, a Dalhousie gold “D”, and a Riggs painting from his own students.

In Lunenburg, he served on the board of directors of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital and Harbour View Haven and assisted for a lengthy period with the Lunenburg Food Bank. A long -time elder of Central United Church, he devoted his last writing to articles on the church’s history.

He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn, Mrs. Graham Best, Waterville; and by his brother Donald. He is survived by nieces: Linda Lowther, Halifax; Heidi McHale, Penticton, B.C. and Katrina Beck, Istanbul, Turkey. For many years his friend Marie Lohnes was kindness itself.

Cremation has taken place. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg, and where a memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenn MacLean, a long-time family friend presiding. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the nursing staff of Drummond Hall for the compassion and care given to Murray.


Send a gesture of sympathy to Dr. James Murray Beck's family

  • Brought to you by

  • 11213 Hwy. #3
    Lunenburg, NS
    B0J 2C0
  • 902-634-3942
Upgrade this Memorial Tribute

Help & Healing Resources

In the event that there is an error in the information presented, please contact the funeral home by clicking here.