Robert (Bob) V. Eckhardt, 63, of Hamilton, NJ passed away on May 18, 2020 after a courageous battle at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.
Born in Newark and raised in Parlin, NJ, Bob graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School and attained his Associates Degree from Middlesex Community College. Bob worked nearly 37 years at RB (Reckitt Benckiser), the maker of Lysol, at their Belle Mead manufacturing site. His most recent position was Chemical Process Operator for the aerosol production line.
Bob was an avid and highly skillful bowler, a game he enjoyed for over 47 years through both bowling leagues and traveling to various annual tournaments. He had earned several ‘300’ rings and many high score games. Bob grew up enjoying history with his family, particularly the Civil War, influenced by his paternal grandfather and his older brother, Charles. He was a dedicated and adoring son who recalled many childhood trips to Gettysburg and the Jersey Shore. Bob was a lifelong animal lover and had many pets over the years. There was a special place in his heart for his dogs, including his current baby girl, Bella Eckhardt.
When he met his wife Louise, he was blessed with becoming part of her large family and they were blessed with two wonderful children, Christopher and Justina. They enjoyed his hobbies and many special moments, especially travelling to lots of places, including foreign countries. Bob was always in attendance at family and friend gatherings, dedicated not only to his own family, but also his extended family and friends. He was a man that was truly loved by all. Bob was always smiling and is fondly remembered for admiring children and the pets of family and friends, including his nieces and nephews, and even three grand nieces and one grand nephew.
Bob was a cross-country and track athlete in high school. When his daughter ran during her high school career, he was a proud father who attended every meet. He became fond of artwork through his son’s talent and passion for drawing. Bob had a musical ear and enjoyed many genres, especially country and soft rock music. Along with his family, he attended many concerts and plays, including quite a few on Broadway. Most recently, he and his wife would frequent local free summer concerts, especially the ones being held outside of Thomas Sweets in Princeton.
Son of the late Charles and Evelyn Eckhardt, brother of the late Charles Eckhardt III, and son-in-law of the late Domenico DiFalco; Bob is survived by his wife Louise Eckhardt (DiFalco); a son, Christopher Eckhardt; and a daughter, Justina Eckhardt all of Hamilton. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Carmela DiFalco of Hamilton; a brother-in-law Alexander DiFalco and his partner Amy Miller of Hamilton; and sisters-in-law Rosanna Roberto and her husband John Roberto of Hamilton Square, and Patricia DiFalco and her partner Phillip Cowell of Hamilton. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends also survive Bob. Most notably, were his endearing cousin Madelyn Walker, her husband Roy, their daughter Alexandra and their granddaughter Helen.
The family is grateful to the nurses and doctors at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center for their compassionate care.
A private burial was held. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.