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“I have fond memories of Dick at Nob Hill & Cedarwood...seems so long ago. My best wishes to Mary Price and it was nice that you shared your life...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Ned Chatelain - Winter Park, FL

“Dick shall always be remembered as the renaissance man that he remains. In the the words of Cicero; The life given us by nature is short but the...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Fussell - Cocoa, FL - Friend

“Dick will always be remembered as a renaissance man. In the words of Cicero; The life given by nature is short but the memory of a well spent life is...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Fussell - Cocoa, FL - Friend

“He was always the most interesting man in the room. So many layers ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Dawn Fussell - Cocoa, FL - Friend

“Dick fought a great battle and has earned his peace. Love, Bob and Pat ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Pat Geissel - Sanford, FL

“THE FRIENDSHIP A POEM WRITTEN FOR RICHARD ECKSTEIN SOME YEARS AGO Friendship is a fragile thing, a different kind of love it can build as...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Jeffrey J Halperin - Winter park, FL

“Richard,Dick,Mr.Feisty,- So many names for such an amazing man and dear friend.You have been such an inspiration to us all. I am so thankful for...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Ellie Halperin - Winter park, FL

“You were my lover, my confidant, my counselor and my best friend. You were the wind beneath my sails that challenged me to be the best at all I...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Price Eckstein - Lake Mary, FL

“Dick was one to always keep you on your feet with his quick thinking and his witty comments. Couldn't help but just plain out like him. Will be...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Doug & Lee Ward - Deltona, FL

“I loved to play tennis with Dick. There were times when he played so incredibly well I called him "The Great Eckstein". There is still one other...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Dennis Zink - University Park, FL

“Love you Dick and Mary Price. Thank you for sharing your life with me. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Jody Thomes - Oviedo, FL

“I only knew Richard for a very short time, may he rest in peace. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Bert Kalinsky - Boynton Beach, FL

“Mr Feisty will be missed. We love you. We pray for you & the family for God's peace. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Bob & Mim Mountford

“Our wonderful friend that we miss dearly. Until we meet again on a beach and watch Sport and Jake play. We love you Dick.... ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Larry and Jo Ann Kleinman - FL

“He was an inspiration to us all and will be missed greatly. We are greatful that we were able to share many, many memorable experiences with him. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Jo and Ken Grushka - Maitland, FL

“We a very sorry to hear about the passing of Dick. Joanne & I have Mary Price and the Family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Dick Fess - Lake Mary, FL


Richard Alan Eckstein, age 74, died January 29, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 3, 1938 in New York, NY to Eleanor & Robert Eckstein. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Mary Price Eckstein, and faithful Aussie companion, Sport as well as his daughters; Robin Freiberger(College Park,FL), Barrie Eckstein-Smith and her husband Richard Smith (Casselberry, FL), grandchildren Brad Smith, MegAnn Smith, ex-wife Gerry Eckstein(Winter Park.FL), and sisters Harriet Eckstein(CALIF), Marla Zemanek(CALIF) and Gayle Robin-Iscove(Canada).

Richard graduated from Forest Hills High and attended NYU leading to a versatile and highly acclaimed career in insurance, brokerage and financial planning for over 50 years. He first came to Orlando in 1967 as General Manager for Penn Mutual Life followed by years as a stockbroker at Shearson Lehman & Smith Barney. He eventually retired as President of his own financial services company, EBS in 2008.

Charitable work and community actions were also vital to Richard. During the Viet Nam War he led a group of students, teachers and media through 9 countries in 11 days to present a petition to the Viet Cong government requesting the release of POWs and MIAs. He was one of the co-founders and organizers of "Orlando Land Junior Golf Association " which was a non-profit organization designed to teach kids ages 8 to 18 the rules and joy of playing the game of golf while stressing the lessons of sportsmanship. Among the many kids he mentored that went on to excel in college or pro careers were local notables, Chris DeMarco and Maria Castelluci. Richard also helped produce one of the first tennis magazines in Central Florida focusing on both amateur and professional competition. As part of his "IN-Charge" personality, he was president of the homeowners association everywhere he lived the last 30 years and ran a tight ship ensuring the solvency and desirability of the neighborhoods. As a long time survivor of multiple cancers, Richard focused on giving back by actively working with the MD Anderson Network and the International Ostomy Associations to advise and support others across the world that were facing cancer. He helped them to know they had hope and could live normally in spite of their cancer. He was a rock and inspiration to many. In his spare time he worked in professional photography at art shows, travel planning and event coordination services. He was an avid Magic Fan, competitive tennis player and world traveler. He loved to dance and always always marched to his own beat. He was truly a force of nature who was loved and respected by many. The world will be a much duller place in his absence.

A memorial service will be held at NOON on Sunday, February 10th at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home - Oaklawn Chapel at 5000 County Road 46A in Sanford, Florida. A reception will follow in Barge Hall at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 700 Rinehart Road in Lake Mary, Fl. In lieu of flowers the family requests charitable donations be made to either the "American Cancer Society" , the "United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.(UOAA)" or your favorite charity.