ROLAND K. BEEK SR.

Calais – Roland Kenzie Beek Sr., 82, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his home.  Roland was born in St. Stephen, NB, son of the late Borden Beek and Louise (Young) Wood.  He left school at an early age to assist his family on the family farm as well as working in the woods.  At the age of 13 they moved to the United States.  Roland moved to Massachusetts where he owned and operated his own business building crank shafts for large trucks.  Eventually he moved back to Calais where he worked as a carpenter for many years.  Roland was active in his children’s lives and coached little league.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, having family BBQ’s, but most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Violet (Chandler) Beek; a daughter Violet Susan DiLeo; and two brothers, his twin Ronald, and Jerry Beek.  Surviving are his four children, Sara Willette of Calais, Tina Heald and her husband Keith of Enfield, Roland Beek Jr. of Calais, and Troy Beek of Calais; son-in-law Anthony DiLeo Sr. of Robbinston; 17 grandchildren, Tony, Aimee, Joey, Sheena, Angaleah, Violet, Bethany, Destiny, Isabella, Nicholas, MacKenzie, Jackson, Logan, Kayla, Kevin, Ashtyn, and Bryson; five step-grandchildren, Dylan, Jessica, Carolyn, Michelle, and Chelsea; many great-grandchildren; his siblings, Shirley, Joyce, Lois, Freda (Amanda), Carmen, Phyllis, Bobby, Kenny, and Jean; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Rags.  A celebration of Roland and his wife Violet’s lives will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais.  Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.