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Seymour K. Eckhaiser

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2010

Seymour K. Eckhaiser of Paso Robles died peacefully on April 5, 2010 in Templeton. He was 90-years-old.

Born in Ryki, Poland to Ruben and Sylvia Ekchajzer, he was the second of two children. At age 12 he moved to live with his mother in Paris, France where he was an apprentice to a tailor, which became his life’s trade. At age 19, he left France just as World War II was starting in 1939 and sailed to New York to join his father, who had remarried, and two half-sisters, Rose and Barbara (Bobbie,) who were added to his family.

He lived with his aunt and uncle (on his father’s side), where he learned English from his aunt, an elementary school teacher. When the United States entered World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served for four years as a medical technician. While in the service, he became a United States citizen on Jan. 12, 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Corporal. He returned to New York, when in 1948 he married Adele Waber. Together, they were among the best ballroom dancers. He worked as a tailor in the garment district and a few years later opened his own shop in Ozone Park, NY.

In 1954 he moved his wife and three daughters to the Los Angeles area, where he owned and operated Seymour’s Tailoring in La Crescenta, Calif. He also joined Kiwanis, Toastmasters, Israeli, Greek and International Folk Dancing clubs. He moved to Lodi, Calif. in 1999 to live with his oldest daughter and family and continued the art of tailoring in his own shop for the next six years.

In 2005 he moved to Paso Robles to be near his granddaughter’s family and great-grand children, continuing in the tailoring business until he retired in 2009. He was a tailor for 61 years. He hemmed, mended and sewed buttons for friends and family until his death. He loved poetry, classical music and was an avid reader of history, philosophy and current events. He cared about people and was compassionate about their health and well-being. He was passionate about everything he did.

Seymour is survived by his three daughters Mindi Anderson of Paso Robles, Jody Eckhaiser of La Crescenta, Calif., Celene Erbert of Red Bluff, Calif; seven grandchildren Jayna Mondo of Paso Robles, Ashli Romeyn of Atlanta, Georg., Audrey Arellano of Paso Robles, Steven J. Anderson of Lodi, Calif., Leon Eckhaiser, Ben Lockridge and Rachael Eckhaiser-Amaya, all of Idaho; 15 great-grandchildren Robyn, Holly, Joey, Jessie, Ryan and Tommy Mondo, Sage Gray and Bella Romeyn, Grayson and Amani Arellano, Merissa and Josiah Eckhaiser, Thomas, Kyah and Nicolas Lockridge; two nieces, Honey Weiner of Florida and Jerilyn Finelli of New York; three nephews, Lloyd and Butch Weiner of New York, and Ronnie Weiner of Chicago.

A celebration of Life is scheduled on Friday, April 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Paso Robles Senior Citizen Center, 270 Scott St. All are welcome.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home.

To our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend – to Seymour – the greatest tailor who ever lived: may you sew the wings of angels, mend the silver lining of the clouds and waltz forever across the sky. We will always love, admire and appreciate you.

For the complete article see the 04-20-2010 issue.

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