Robert J. Eccles, Jr.



Preferred Name: 
Bob

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Date of Birth: December 6, 1938 (January 30, 2018)

Highest Military Grade Held: Captain

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Biography

Units Assigned

  • 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • Bernards High School, NJ

Robert J. Eccles “Headed West” January 30, 2018

Bob Eccles of Bridgewater, NJ passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Robert was born in Alexandria, VA to John H. and Lillian “Jane” Eccles.

After graduating from Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ, Robert married his high school sweetheart, Jean Ortman Eccles, in 1960 and served as a captain in the United States Air Force for six years piloting the F100 Super Sabre jet in the Vietnam War.

Upon his honorable discharge in late 1965, he flew as a commercial pilot for United Airlines for 33 years until retirement in 1998.

Robert and Jean happily raised their children in Bridgewater and enjoyed winters in their home in Bonita Springs, FL. An avid bluegrass music fan, Robert enjoyed playing guitar with his musical friends. A pilot’s pilot, he also flew various aircraft at Somerset Airport with fellow aviation enthusiasts. As a skilled mechanic, he could usually be found in “Ec’s Garage” whistling while he worked.

He will forever be remembered with love and dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Jean, his children Susan Eccles, Nancy Cloutier (Nick), Robert Eccles, Jr. “Skip” (Patti), his grandchildren Alexandra and Elizabeth Cloutier, Taylor Eccles, and Michelle Pirrello, and his entire extended family and many dear friends.

He is predeceased by his parents and sister Jane Moore.

The Eccles family is grateful for the loving support of friends and family as we honor the memory of “Ec – The Big Guy.”

~Blue Skies and Tailwinds Forever~

Biography

Biography

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • Bernards High School, NJ
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Headed West

Robert J. Eccles “Headed West” January 30, 2018

Bob Eccles of Bridgewater, NJ passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Robert was born in Alexandria, VA to John H. and Lillian “Jane” Eccles.

After graduating from Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ, Robert married his high school sweetheart, Jean Ortman Eccles, in 1960 and served as a captain in the United States Air Force for six years piloting the F100 Super Sabre jet in the Vietnam War.

Upon his honorable discharge in late 1965, he flew as a commercial pilot for United Airlines for 33 years until retirement in 1998.

Robert and Jean happily raised their children in Bridgewater and enjoyed winters in their home in Bonita Springs, FL. An avid bluegrass music fan, Robert enjoyed playing guitar with his musical friends. A pilot’s pilot, he also flew various aircraft at Somerset Airport with fellow aviation enthusiasts. As a skilled mechanic, he could usually be found in “Ec’s Garage” whistling while he worked.

He will forever be remembered with love and dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Jean, his children Susan Eccles, Nancy Cloutier (Nick), Robert Eccles, Jr. “Skip” (Patti), his grandchildren Alexandra and Elizabeth Cloutier, Taylor Eccles, and Michelle Pirrello, and his entire extended family and many dear friends.

He is predeceased by his parents and sister Jane Moore.

The Eccles family is grateful for the loving support of friends and family as we honor the memory of “Ec – The Big Guy.”

~Blue Skies and Tailwinds Forever~