On June 2, 2020, William F. Eckert, of Ellicott City, beloved husband of Pat Eckert, cherished father of William Eckert (Sue), Michael Eckert (Cindy), Patti Hartley (Mike), Tom Eckert (Annie), Mary Eckert and Mark Eckert (Ashley), adoring grandfather of Melissa, Julie, Matt, Billy, Joey, Jenny, Timmy and Austin and dear great grandfather of Rosslyn. Mr. Eckert was predeceased by his parents George and Florence Eckert and his 4 siblings, Helen, Francis, George and Elmer.
William Eckert was iconic. Anyone lucky enough to know him knew he was a man who you would not easily forget. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., his early childhood days were ones of challenge and hardship. Growing up in an orphanage left its scars, yet he persevered, building a life for him and his family that would prove to be his greatest legacy.
After serving in the Marines, he met and married Patricia Cutter. Eventually, they moved to Maryland, where they lived on Belfont Drive for 48 years raising their 6 children.
An avid runner, hockey player and Toastmaster speaker, Bill pursued his interests with an intensity and thoroughness that left little or no room for error. A man of great thought and analysis, he infused the two into all his endeavors, along with a well-placed joke or two for flavor.
With a keen interest and talent for the written word, Bill wrote many articles for the local newspapers and Catholic Review going on to win the essay contest for 'Maryland, my Maryland.' He loved to write stories of events and situations that had made a profound impact on his life. Some stories spoke of the immeasurable love he had for his wife. And others, simply, the sadness of the passing of our cats, Huey and Tweak.
Throughout his years, he followed a deep spiritual path devoted to God. Raised Catholic, his devotion to the church was absolute. Along with that, he became both teacher and student as he followed the teachings of the Course in Miracles.
Above all, Bill's life was one of unconditional love. It was his mantra. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be forgiving. If someone is in need, help them. If someone hurts you and turns you away, welcome them back with no judgement. Act the way God would want you to.
He taught us well. He left us his teachings to practice and to pass along to others. He left his stories to read again and again. He left us with tears and with joy. But above all, he left us with something not many can accomplish in one lifetime...he left us better people for having known and loved him.
A private graveside services will be held at St. John's Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Eckert’s name can be sent to St. Paul Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043 (please designate on the memo line for Cold Weather Shelter).
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