Bernard Matthew Eck

April 13, 1937January 30, 2014
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Bernard Matthew Eck, 76, of Fort Smith, died January 30, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born April 13, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Bernard Joseph and Helen Murphy Eck. He was retired management in the hotel and hospitality industry. Bernie was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was honorably discharged, with the rank of Staff Sergeant, from the United States Army. He is survived by his wife Linda; his daughters, Virginia Paccione from New York and Kari Pollard from Ohio; his sons, Bernie Eck and his wife Christine, from New York, Robert Eck from Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas Eck from New York, Peter Eck from North Carolina, Eric Williams from Fort Smith and Steve Williams and his wife Melanie from Hot Springs; his sister, Jenny from North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Faith Wetzler, Abby, Luke and James Williams, Jack Paccione, Sydney, Lilly and Ryan Eck, as well as two great grandchildren. He is also preceded in death by two sisters Helen and Rosie. The family will visit friends 10:00 am Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Fort Smith National Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To sign an online guestbook, visit


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Peggy Carr

July 7, 2017

I worked for Mr. Eck at The Sheraton Inn in Baltimore. I was a secretary in his office. A Johns Hopkins Surgery Center now sits where the hotel was. Mr Eck set me and my husband, of 36 years, first date. He was fun and had a great sense of Humor.

Wendy Polk

June 27, 2014

Is This the same Bernard Matthew Eck who lived at 9 Davenport court, New York, N.Y. If so I'm so Sorry to hear your loss. My mother was a good friend. They served time in the Army together. She was a nurse.

February 26, 2014

Dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. I think of the two of you fondly and often. I enjoyed working with you both in Frankfort, KY for the Marshalls many years ago. Wishing you peace, Vickie Molzer (Seattle, WA)

Michael Tatro

February 4, 2014

Dear Linda and Family:
I am very sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. He was a wonderful man to work with. Always jovial, outgoing and intelligent. He was a true hospitality professional. He will certainly be missed so many of his co-workers. They don't make hotel guys like him anymore. Too bad. I will miss him and his infectious laugh, smile and always insightful advice. I will sit down tonight and have a "cold one" in his honor. God Rest his soul! My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I am pretty sure St. Peter was at the gate asking Bernie..."Checking in Sir?" I will surely miss my friend.

David Booth

February 4, 2014

Bernie was a great friend. He & I worked for Marshall Hotels & Resorts for many years. Rest in peace, my friend, you will be greatly missed.

David & Justine Booth
West Palm Beach, FL

faith wetzler

February 4, 2014

Granpop Bernie. I will always remember you as the mafia king/ godfather. ;) you are in an amazing heavenly home now. You are missed dearly. Love you.