2000 Richard Burnell Beckett
Serving in the Canadian Army Active Service from 1939 to 1946, Richard Beckett retired with the rank of Major and returned to his home town of Brantford where he continued to provide extraordinary leadership in local politics, service groups and committees. Between 1953 and 1970, Richard served 5 years as Alderman and 10 years as Mayor of Brantford. In 1971, Richard became Brant MPP and worked as Parliamentary Assistant to both Minister of Transportation and Communication, and the Treasurer and Minister of Economical Affairs. To celebrate his selfless community involvement, the Brantford Jaycees honoured Richard as the 1970 Citizen of the Year.
"Dick Beckett had about him the qualities of commitment and education." - Dr. Vaughn