June 14, 1933 — October 31, 2013
STURBRIDGE: Frederick ‘Bob” Eckhardt, 80, of 25 Library Lane, died, Thursday, Oct. 31, at UMASS Memorial Medical Center.
He leaves his wife of 23 years Elizabeth (Jones) Eckhardt; a son Robert Eckhardt and his wife Christine of Orlando, FL, a daughter Jeannie Eckhardt of PA, 4 stepsons Art Blodgett and his wife Suzy of Sturbridge, Clark Blodgett and his wife Mary Kate of Long Island, NY, Matt Blodgett and his wife Tammy of TX, David Blodgett and his wife Laura of Poughkeepsie, NY, a stepdaughter Chantal Wilson and her husband Michael of Jeffersonville, VT, and 15 grandchildren.
He was born in Baldwin, NY the son of the late Frederick and Lida (Bedell) Eckhardt and lived in Long Island until moving to Sturbridge in 2001.
He owned the family business M & M Eckhardt Feed & Coal (Est. 1917) until it was sold in 2004.
Bob graduated from Baldwin High School and earned his BS degree from Hofstra University. He then joined the Army and retired in the Reserves as a Captain after 23 years of service.
He was an active member of The Elm Street Congregational Church and served on its Prudential Board and was current president of the Men’s Fellowship.
He was a Giants, Mets and Islanders fan. Bob enjoyed helping other people.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Elm Street Congregational Church. Burial and other services will be held in Baldwin, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elm Street Congregational Church, PO BOX 723, Southbridge, MA. 01550
Please use the link below to view Bob's Video Tribute