May 15, 2021

Gustav W. Eckilson


Gustav W. Eckilson (87) passed away on December 20, 2020 at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center.  He was the husband of Audrey A. (Boler) Eckilson, the son of the late Jennie (MacPherson) and Gustave A. Eckilson, and the brother of the late Albert S. Eckilson.

Known as Ecky to his friends, he was a life-long resident of Rehoboth. He was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, joining when he was 14-years old. He attended Dighton High School and Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY where he played football. After graduating from Bryant College with a degree in accounting he began a long career in insurance. Always interested in learning, he later returned to Bryant to earn an MBA.

A member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, in 1962 he reached the peak of Mount Rainier – one of the most challenging mountain summits in North America. In his retirement he continued to enjoy hiking, camping and canoeing. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Audrey to visit national parks and rodeos across the country.  Throughout his life, though, his greatest joy was raising livestock with his sons on the family farm in Rehoboth where he lived his entire life.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Audrey, his son Karl of Dublin, NH, his son Erik and his wife Michelle of Woonsocket, RI, and his grandchildren Jennie, Tyler, Justin and Julie.

His graveside service at Rehoboth Village Cemetery will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to Storm King School, 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 will be appreciated.

Arrangements are in the care of the Home of J.H. WILLIAMS & CO., 210 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI.  For online messages of condolence, kindly visit


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