Larry Beck: A Cousin's Faithful
Beck liked his job in the mailroom at Cantor Fitzgerald,
because his appointed rounds let him talk to his
co-workers, philosophize about the Mets' performance the
night before and, with special joy, show off pictures of
his nieces, Isabel and Michaela.
Mr. Beck, 38, who grew up in Bellmore, N.Y., and lived
in Manhattan, always sent the most beautiful and touching
birthday, anniversary and Mother's and Father's Day
cards, his aunt and uncle recalled. He was particularly
thoughtful when his cousin Ilene Fallas gave birth to her
"Larry had bought him a blanket, and my son loved that
blanket so much," Ms. Fallas, who lives in Panama, wrote
in a tribute to Mr. Beck on the Internet. "That made me
happy, because one of the things that was so cherished by
my son was given to him by Larry, who stood for all of
those things that that blanket was to my little boy:
warm, lovable, comforting and dependable.
"Knowing that I won't hear Larry's voice on the phone
on the day my family and I arrive home to New York to
visit is just too much to bear."