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Pound Ridge Theater Director Eckerle Dies at 56

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. - Raymond M. Eckerle, a director with the Pound Ridge Theater, died suddenly on Feb. 16. He was 56.

Eckerle directed a run of "Dial 'M' for Murder" at the venue last November.

Born Dec. 17, 1955 in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of Alfred and Angelina Eckerle. He graduated from Mt. St. Michael Academy in 1973 and Iona College in 1977. Eckerle, a resident of Tarrytown, worked in client sales for Staples Corporate in New York City.

A local director with a penchant for thrillers, Eckerle also directed "And Then There Were None" at Greenville Community Theater in Scarsdale in December of 2010.

He is survived by his domestic partner MaryAnn Cahill, her daughter Angelia Ferrara, his brothers Joseph Eckerle of Crawfordville, Fla. and Lawrence Eckerle of Millwood, N.Y., his sister Mona-Marie Kuceluk of Bayside, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Leach & Thomas Funeral Home in Ossining.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenville Community Theater, P.O. Box 291, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583, Paws for Love, P.O. Box 272, Crompond, N.Y. 10517, or Pound Ridge Theater Company - Attn: Colette Dow, Treasurer, 18 Peter's Lane, Pound Ridge, N.Y. 10576.

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