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THEODORE J. ECK


1935 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
THEODORE J. ECK Obituary
ECK
THEODORE J.
Age 78, of Gibsonia, Pine Township, on Friday, August 22, 2014. Beloved husband for 42 years of Janet (Ecker) Eck; loving father of Raimee H. Eck of Baltimore, MD and Thea A. (Matthew Shlian) Eck of Ann Arbor, MI, Stefanie Koessler, William Rossi; and a son, Theron, from a previous marriage; brother of Patricia (Jerry) Dominick of Florida and Tom (Dot) Eck of Georgia; proud grandfather of Fjora M. Eck-Shlian of Ann Arbor, MI. Ted was born in Oklahoma City in 1935. His family moved to Nashville, TN and then to Savannah, GA where Ted was a graduate of Savannah High School. He was active with the marching band and the Savannah car clubs, and went on to attend the University of Illinois earning a B.S. in Floriculture, like his father before him. Upon graduation, Ted served his country in the Georgia National Guard and worked with his family greenhouse operation, Eck's Laurel Green Nursery, in Savannah, GA. He then took a job with the Fred C. Gloeckner Co. as a horticultural consultant and salesman, where he never retired and worked for over 52 years. A passionate horticulturalist, Ted came from a line of pioneer Galesburg, IL Swedish farmers and carried a love of the earth. Upon marriage, he and his wife purchased and founded the Bradford Gardens Greenhouse, now the Bradford Woods Conservancy. He was past president of the Men's Garden Club of Pittsburgh, board member of the Pittsburgh Civic Gardens Center and the Penn State College of Agriculture Advisory Board, and longtime volunteer director of the Western Pennsylvania Flower Growers. He belonged to the West Mifflin Men's Garden Club and the Hosta and Daylily Society. Ted enjoyed the camaraderie of the Frosty Beer Exchange and the men's all-talk and no-work breakfast garden club. He spoke perfect botanical Latin, led tours with his wife, Janet, to famous European Gardens, and gave many horticultural lectures. The renowned and tireless "family driver" exchanged his two-seater Volvo for a Ford van. Ted was a longtime co-coach with Pine-Richland Soccer Club and helped to establish the Pine-Richland High School Girls Soccer team. He served as a parent-on-duty with the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, volunteered with the Pine-Richland High School marching band, and particularly enjoyed listening to the ska band that practiced on the front porch one fateful summer. A devoted member of St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, he was a longtime member of the Vestry and was an usher. He hated pruning their apple trees every spring, loved microbrew beers of any kind, stayed abreast of the new technologies and techniques in his industry, and was completely engaged in all facets of his life. Ted loved being around farm people, visiting his clients, working in his gardens, and most of all loved his family, especially his precious granddaughter, Fjora. He will be deeply missed by all who had the fortune of knowing him. Family will welcome friends on Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, with Fr. Ronald Baillie, officiating. Family suggests donations to Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Bakerstown, PA 15007 or Penn State Trial Gardens, 233 Ag Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please pay tribute at :
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, 2014
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