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Former Hoop, Baseball Star Eichorn Passes Away At 72

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Former UMass basketball and baseball player Bob Eichorn passes away on Jan. 3, 2011 at the age of 72 in North Adams. He averaged 14.2 points as a senior basketball player in 1959-60. Eichorn was back on campus as recent as Nov. 27 for the Return to the Cage men's basketball game vs. Holy Cross. Here is his obituary.

Robert Richard Eichorn 1938-2011 NORTH ADAMS Mr. Robert Richard Eichorn, 72, of 22 Classic Ave., North Adams, died suddenly Monday, January 3, 2011 at North Adams Regional Hospital after being stricken earlier at home. He was born in Adams, MA on October 7, 1938, son of Robert F. and Ella Kosche Eichorn. He attended Adams schools and graduated from Adams High School with the class of 1956. Bob was an outstanding athlete and was All-Berkshire and All-Western Mass in three sports. Bob continued his athletic career at UMass-Amherst where he played football, basketball, and baseball until his graduation in 1960. After college, he was signed by the New York Yankees and played minor league baseball on their farm team. Bob was named one of the "Top 50 Athletes" in the history of Berkshire County by The Berkshire Eagle as number 15. He was a veteran of the Navy and later served in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a commander He was last employed by Morrison-Berkshire where he was vice-president of international sales and marketing until his retirement. Before that, he worked at the former James Hunter Machine Co. Bob was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his cats, "Fred" and "Bella". The first love of his life was the former Marie Patricia Canale, who died on January 9, 1991. They were married on June 8, 1963. He later shared his life with Marie Evans, whom he loved dearly. He also leaves two daughters; Kim Champagne, and her husband, Peter, of Brookfield, Conn.and Bonnie Eichorn-Lee, and her husband, Jeff, of Pittsfield; and Marie Evans' daughter, Michelle Rosier and her husband, James, of Dalton; four grandchildren, Devon and Cody Champagne, Matthew Eichorn, and Jordan Rosier; and nieces and nephews. A sister, Susan Eichorn, is deceased. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Bob Eichorn will be Friday January 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams. Burial will be in the spring in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Eichorn Memorial Scholarship in care of the funeral home

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