WBI Home Warranty is saddened to announce the passing of our Founder, Mr. Wilson M. Beck.

Wilson, the youngest of nine siblings, was born in Peterborough, Ontario. His family moved to BC when he was three months old. A few years after graduating from high school, Wilson began his career in the insurance industry in 1957. After working his way up in the industry, he founded his namesake brokerage in 1981 (Wilson M Beck Insurance Ltd) with seven other people, specializing in the niche of contract bonding and insurance for the construction industry.

With his insurance experience in the construction industry, Wilson along with his son David, made the leap into Home Warranty where in 2011 he opened the Burnaby office of WBI Home Warranty providing home warranty to builders in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Wilson was very proud to see his once small firm grow to become one of Canada’s largest privately held commercial insurance brokerages with over 250 staff in offices spanning from Victoria to Toronto and WBI Home Warranty growing to 35 staff and offering home warranty across Western Canada.

Wilson was an active member of the business community serving on a variety of boards. He was the past Chair of the Terminal City Club, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (Formerly the ACA) and the BC Construction Association. He was also an active member of the BC Roadbuilders Association and is a lifetime Member of the Independent Contractors and Business Association.

Wilson was very grateful for the many enduring friendships he forged during his sixty-five years in the industry, including eleven years in Home Warranty. He wanted to extend a heartfelt “thank-you” to all of the clients, staff, and insurance and surety companies with whom he had the fortune to work with over the past many decades.

Wilson is survived by his wife and large extended family. In lieu of flowers, Wilson’s family would encourage donations to be made to the North Shore Hospice or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life for Wilson will be announced in his obituary.

Wilson was an extraordinary man, who was loved and will be missed by many. Our prayers are with the entire Beck family at this difficult time.