April 5, 2012
Leslie A. Beck
Once out of school he continued to pursue sports by playing football, softball and baseball in Jamestown and other area sports leagues, becoming a rollerskate floor manager and instructor, and organizing the Chautauqua Lake Archers.
Leslie served in the United States Army during World War II as a second lieutenant and was a paratroop and demolition instructor. He was stationed in Japan during the years that the Pacific Olympics were held, and was a captain on the football team from the 11th Airborne which won in 1945 and 1946 at the Army Pacific Olympics championship held in Tokyo.
In 1999 Les was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
He spent 26 years in the Jamestown Fire Department with 8 years as assistant fire chief. After retirement Les enjoyed golf, bowling, and was an active member of the JHS Sports Boosters. In addition to his parents, Leslie is preceded in death by his wife Viola Beck and his brother Orsell Beck.
Leslie will be dearly missed by his stepdaughter Lonnie Kish of Florida, nephew Richard Beck of Connecticut, niece Linda Beck of Lakewood, and devoted friend Jodi Crawford of Jamestown, with whom he enjoyed a father/daughter-like relationship for many years.
At the request of Leslie, there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, New York 14701.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.