In Memoriam: Trustee Walter W. “Bill” Eck, Jr. (1959 – 2021)

FASNY Firemen’s Home Trustee Walter W. “Bill” Eck, Jr., 61, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Bill lived for his family and helping others. He dedicated his life to the fire service and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the FASNY Firemen’s Home and the current Second Vice President of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (HVVFA). He was Past President of the Royal Order of the Blue Vests, Past President of the Hudson-Mohawk Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Past President of the Night Hawks and Past President of the Albany County VFA. He was the current Chairman of the Albany County Advisory Board and the current secretary of the Albany County VFA Burn Fund. Bill was a devoted member of the Slingerlands Fire Department for 44 years, serving as the Past Chief, current President and current Chairman of the Slingerlands Fire District Board of Commissioners.

Bill was born in Albany on June 29, 1959, the son of the late Walter W. Eck, Sr. and Annette “Cookie” Eck. He had been employed at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna for 35 years, including the positions of fire protection engineer and a Past Captain of the firematic unit. Bill was a 9/11 first responder, something his family was immensely proud of.

Bill is survived by his children, Walter W. “Will” Eck III (Kimberly), Clifford Eck (Leanna), Zachary Eck (Marian), and Sarah Marie Pricolo (Anthony); brothers, David Eck and Michael Eck (Lillie); sister, Margaret Eck-Raider (Tom); 10 grandchildren, whom he lovingly referred to as “Poppy’s Posse,” Natalie Rose, Raegan Marie, Violet Claire, Annabelle Kate, Tucker Avery, Magnolia Moon, Josephine Mackenzie, Tallulah Wilde, Scarlett Reign and Birdie Mae; aunt, Audrey Butler; many loving cousins, nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Kathleen Eck.

Those who wish to send a remembrance in his name can direct it to the Slingerlands Fire Department Benevolent Fund or the FASNY Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY, 12534, Attn: Activities Director.