Edmunds Activities Barn Dedicated to Late Mayor Fred Eckhardt
Friends and family of Fred Eckhardt were on hand when the building formerly known as the Edmunds Recreation Activities Barn, located at 91 Passaic Valley Road, was dedicated to the long time resident, public official, volunteer, and coach. Pictured shortly after the dedication took place are daughter Cheryl, wife Beverly, and daughters Laurie and Cathy. They are standing beneath the building plaque bearing former Mayor Eckhardt's name and likeness that reads, "This Recreation Facility Is Dedicated To Fred Eckhardt - A Sports Visionary With Passion And Love For All Children - November 20, 2010."
Fred Eckhardt passed away in September of 2009. He was the epitome of civil service, serving on the Montville Township Committee from 1966 to 1992, 18 of the 27 years (1972-1989) as Mayor. His service was not limited to the Governing Body; he was also an active member of the Turkey Mountain/Pyramid Mountain Committee, Environmental Commission, Open Space Committee, Planning Board, Library Board of Trustees, Board of Education, Republican County Committee,Republican Club and Kiwanis Club. Mr. Eckhardt worked tirelessly as a volunteer with the Baseball Softball Association (MBSA), Bronco’s Wrestling, and many other youth activities. He was was instrumental in renovating the Barn for use as a sports, especially wrestling, activities barn.