In Loving Memory of Kenneth M. Eckert

September 25, 1939
Queens, New York
March 14, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Sunday 3-6 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

March 19, 2017


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Monday, March 20, 2017, 10:00 AM


Family Gathering


Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

Kenneth M. Eckert

Kenneth M. Eckert, age 77, of Fairfield, beloved husband of 54 years of Joanne Eckert, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Bridgeport Hospital following a tragic accident. Born in Queens, NY—the son of the late Gustav and Katherine Eckert, he had been a Fairfield resident for the last 40 years. Mr. Eckert received his Bachelors Degree from Hobart College and an MBA from St. John’s University. Ken served as an MP in the United States Army Reserve. He had a lifelong career in commercial banking beginning at Manufacturers Hanover Trust & Co. in the Empire State Building in New York City, and most recently at the Patriot Bank in Fairfield, CT. Mr. Eckert also volunteered his time and served on the boards with Habitat for Humanity and Fairfield Community Services. Ken was a longtime member of the Pequot Runners Club and a regular among the morning crew at The Edge Fitness Club. He was an avid and passionate gardener and took great pride in his landscaping and lawn. In addition to Joanne, his loving wife and sweetheart since the age of 16, he is survived by four beloved children, Carolyn Eckert and her husband, Dana Gentes of Northampton, MA, Susanne Eckert and her husband, Ed Puchalla of Seattle, WA, Jennifer Crotty and her husband, Christopher of Pelham, NY and Brian Eckert and his wife Tracey of Norwalk; eight cherished grandchildren, Marty, Roy, Louise, Delia, Emma, William, Griffin and Caitlin; a loving brother, Donald Eckert and his husband, Terry Foster of New York, NY. Friends may greet the family Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue For information or to sign an online guest registry please visit

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21 Guestbook Entries for Kenneth M. Eckert

  1. We’re old friends of Don’s and through the years met Ken and Joanne several times. While we did not know him well, we were struck by his gentleness and soft demeanor. We are so sorry for your loss and we extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  2. We’re old friends of Don’s and through the years met Ken and Joanne several times. While we did not know him well, we were struck by his gentleness and soft demeanor. We are so sorry for your loss and we extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  3. It’s been our pleasure to know Ken and visit with him as friend’s of Don’s for many years. We’ll remember his kindness, grace, and how beloved he was by family and friends. We are sorry for your loss and pray for your peace and wellness. Love, Ben, Laura, & Stephen

  4. I am so saddened at the loss of my handsome cousin. My dad adored Ken, and was so proud of all of Ken’s successes regarding his education, his professional life, and most of all, his family. To Don, Joanne, Carolyn and Dana, Susanne and Ed, Jennifer and Chris, and Brian and Tracy, and all the grandchildren… you were Ken’s life. He loved his family so much. Hugs to you all. Love, Anne, Tommy and Katherine Barefoot

  5. I was a childhood neighbor of the Constantine Family in Trent Woods, NC just outside New Bern. For some years Ken and Don were around their Uncle Jim in the summer spending the summer there from NY. He loved having his nephews around.
    Sending love and peace to Ken s family and friends, Sue

  6. Our deepest sympathies to all of the Eckert family. Ken always had a warm smile and friendly greeting. Also remember his enthusiasm for the Pequot Runners and the Turkey Trot.

  7. We were saddened to learn of the terrible accident which took the life of Ken. He was a wonderful man with a big heart and a ready smile. We were so glad to have them as neighbors, especially for the boys, Brian and Michael. I loved taking my evening walk “around the block” with the dogs when Ken was working in his yard. He had a big wave or sometimes, a moment for conversation.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve and as we pray for Ken’s soul.

  8. Joanne, Carolyn, Susanne, Jennifer, and Brian– You have our deepest sympathies. While it has been many years since we gathered for holidays at your Grandma’s house in Hollis, Queens, I believe your family has been blessed with many wonderful memories with Ken and they will sustain you during this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.

  9. My deepest sympathies to the Eckert family. I worked with Ken for many years and he was a wonderful and caring person in the community.

  10. So very sad in all respects. Ken is someone I learned from and looked up to since growing up together. He will live on in my memory forever.

  11. My whole heart goes out to your family. I struggle to find the right words to write to you all. Aside from my own father, Mr Eckert was probably the second most prominent father figure in my life (and probably of my siblings too) during childhood, and I always thought it was so special that Mr and Mrs Eckert remained important figures in my parents’ lives for over 40 years. I chuckled when I read the obituary, and it mentioned Mr Exkert’s love of lawn. I always remember him bringing a dog and loads of cut grass to dump in the woods behind the Parkwood Rd house. I chuckle again as I continue to refer to him as Mr Eckert and never Ken. Just didn’t work. He was a father figure, and we will always be the kids. He was great… A legend in the McCormack family. Love to you all, Kathleen

  12. We are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing and extend our thoughts to your family. Chris and I taught at Tomlinson Middle School. Chris felt fortunate to have Susanne in her math class, and I, just as fortunate to have coached her on the basketball team. As you know, Ken was a sports enthusiast and supported our team through victories and defeats. I welcomed his support and his words of encouragement. Our past memories of Ken and his family will always bring a smile to our faces!

  13. As friends of Don, we only met Ken and his family briefly but we are so struck with how the family united during the recent events and over the years in their support for each other. We are so sorry. We love retrievers also and are happy to make a donation.

  14. We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic accident which took Ken’s life.
    We will miss his sense of humor and his keen devotion to his family. So many years of friendship shared and memories made.
    Our sincere condolences to you Joanne and to your children. We will pray for your strength in this most difficult time.

  15. As friends of his daughter Jennifer and son in law Chris, we have many memories of seeing Joanne and Ken on the field sidelines and in the stands at the hockey rink cheering on their grandson. It was obvious how proud he was of his grandchildren and how much they adored him. So nice to see so many pictures of him with Joanne and holding so many babies — always with the biggest smile. We are so sorry for this tragic loss and send our condolences to the entire family.

  16. I’m so very sorry to hear of Ken’s untimely passing. I was President of Habitat when Ken was on the Board. He made a simply incredible difference. It’s no exagération to say that Habitat would not be what it is today, had Ken not been involved.

  17. Joanne, Don, Carolyn, Susanne, Jennifer and Brian, I was heartbroken to hear of Ken’s sudden passing. He was always so kind and was good to see him at Chris’s memorial service. He obviously loved you all very much as was evident by the annual Christmas letter. Sending you all my love and strength.

  18. Ken was a beautiful man. I knew him for more then 10 years and am proud to say so. I just heard about this right now and I am so sorry I couldn’t attend services. My thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and the rest of the family. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss, Ken will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  19. Fond memories of my beloved Uncle Kenny. I don’t remember a time in my life when he was not in our family. Always the most pleasant person.

    Little Bobby.