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May 2, 2019
George was my first really demanding piano teacher. Even though he was strict, I had tricks up my sleeve: I knew that if I wasn't quite prepared for a lesson, I could get him sidetracked by talking about baseball! I'm now a music professor at a university in North Carolina and a choir director/organist at a church; George was part of the long process that got me to where I am today. Condolences to his family and friends.
May 1, 2019
George Ecklund was a very important part of my life! He gave me private piano lessons from 1968 - 1980! I followed my brother's example, taking lessons from Mr. Ecklund. There were several times I would come home from lessons flustered, swearing that I was going to quit, as he insisted on perfection. My mother would always tell me that if I felt that way in a month she would allow me to quit. She saw through my temper to the deep love I had for these lessons. I remained his student until I had to leave town to finish my education. I still cherish my old sheet music with his red crayon marks, and I still occasionally play some of those old pieces. Playing the piano gave me such peace of mind through all my years growing up. It was therapeutic through my childhood and adolescence.

He was a great, passionate music teacher and a bright guiding light. He persistently pushed me to my fullest potential and settled for nothing less. I learned so much self-discipline, persistence and to always strive for perfection!What great life lessons. I will always remember him with deep respect, fondness and gratitude! -Kathleen (f/k/a Kathy Marass)
April 30, 2019
George and Family,

We didn't realize that your father had passed away until I read the wonderful article on him in today's SJ-R. What a wonderful tribute!

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Jo (Seipel) Jacob and Bill Kmett, Sr.
April 27, 2019
I was so sorry to hear today of George's death. Both my brother, Steve Lewis, and I took piano from the bearer of the "Red Wax Pencil". He was a big part of my life and, though I was not his best student, I loved him dearly. When I became overwhelmed with activities my junior year of high school, I felt that I had to give up piano lessons, as I wasn't giving it the attention that was necessary. I bought flowers for Mr. Ecklund and cried for almost the entire half hour because I was so sad to end our once a week music lessons. He took me back my senior year so I could get another Federation of Music cup. Fisherman, teacher, mentor, friend. Never to be forgotten.
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