Will Beck, owner of Sea Tow Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla., probably won’t mind if he has to work on Father’s Day weekend because he’ll be more than likely have his 30-year-old son Connor, on board with him.
Beck has another son, Chandler, 24, and the two have grown up on the water. Will Beck and his brother Richard opened one of the state’s first Sea Tow locations in 1985 and Will has operated it ever since.
“My wife Cathy and I have pictures of the two of them running around with the smallest Sea Tow shirts we could get our hands on,” Will said in a statement. “We had a house boat as an office for years, so being around the water has always been second nature.” By the time the boys were five months old, they could swim and at a year, each had his own mask and snorke.
Will Beck passed on his love for the water and both sons have developed advanced marine skillsets. Connor is an ASE certified mechanic and a full-time employee at Sea Tow Palm Beach. He also lead a cleanup crew during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup. Chandler has worked at the family business and is now a employed full-time at a specialized diving company after spending years under Will’s watchful eyes.
The senior Beck’s passion extends beyond his bloodlines. Over the years, Will has been a mentor for a number of men who now work in the local fire and sheriff’s departments and others who work dock jobs or with insurance companies.
“Some of these men have needed a lot of help and others, not as much, but it’s all about leading them in the right direction and helping them discover their passions,” said Will. “It’s been such a gratifying experience. Most of them are doing very well for themselves and I couldn’t be prouder of that.”
When the family has free time, the Becks enjoy diving and fishing, not surprisingly. “It’s been so amazing to be able to have my sons by my side all these years,” said Will. “I have no complaints whatsoever.”