Clifford Andrew "Coke" ECKERT
1936 - 2021
Hardison Funeral Home
401 Ridge St.
Lewiston , NY
ECKERT - Clifford Andrew "Coke"
85 of Lewiston, NY and formerly of Escondido, CA, Williamsville, NY, and St. Mary's, PA, died peacefully on October 11, 2021, at Elderwood at Wheatfield. He was a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Mr. Eckert was born on July 11, 1936, in St. Mary's, Elk County, PA. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Jane Haight-Eckert, his daughter Heidi Boruszewski of Walnut Creek, CA and her husband, Kelly, and his grandson Clifton Dunn, of Far Rockaway, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Andrew Eckert and Dorothy Geraldine Bowers- Eckert (formerly of St Mary's, PA and Williamsville, NY), and two brothers, Allen "Rocky" Eckert and Franklin "Sonny" Eckert. Cliff and Mary Jane were married February 15th, 1958, by Rev Fr. Thaddeus Suda, OSB at Queen of the World Roman Catholic Church in St. Mary's, PA. They renewed their vows on their 25th Anniversary at the Williamsville United Methodist Church in Williamsville, NY, and their Golden 50th Anniversary at the San Marcos United Methodist Church near Escondido, CA, where they lived for almost 30 years before moving to Lewiston, NY in late 2014. Clifford had an incomparable zest for life. He was always ready with a friendly smile, a warm greeting, and lively conversation. He and Mary Jane loved riding their Harley Davidson and spent many a late winter's night riding their snowmobiles. They also relished their camping adventures, many train trips across the country, and hiking in the Allegheny National Forest. While living in Escondido, his grandson taught him to surf. Spending time in or near the water, especially the ocean, was a favorite pastime, whether it was surfing, swimming, or just watching the fishermen on the Niagara River. Clifford proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Later, he and his father owned and operated an Exxon station on Sheridan drive in Amherst for many years. Cliff then owned Cliff's Auto Repair before moving to CA in 1987. Always wanting to try something new, he learned to be a kitchen designer for Home Depot, even attaining a degree in Graphic Design from Palomar College. He also worked for a time at the Lawrence Welk Resort. We are eternally grateful to the caring and compassionate staff at Elderwood at Wheatfield for taking such great care of Dad in his final months. We also want to thank the wonderful people at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewiston for their grace, support, and ongoing friendship. Clifford's cremains will be interred at the Williamsville United Methodist Church columbarium and spread in the Pacific Ocean. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

Published by Buffalo News on Oct. 16, 2021.
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