Meriden- Eric John Idec, 68, passed away suddenly at his home on May 11, 2011. He was born November 3, 1942 in Linden, NJ, a son of William Idec and the late Martha (DeHanes) Idec. He attended Pratt Institute of New York, NY where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 for industrial design and earned his master's degree in business administration at the University of New Haven. He worked for Eyelet Specialty Corporation as the director of marketing services and in 1974-1975 was an advisor to the award winning Modern Products Junior Achievement Company sponsored by Eyelet. Eric was a member of the Professional Industrial Designer's Society and held several design patents registered with the U.S. Patent office. He retired from the Risdon Corporation in 2008. Eric proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and earned a Bronze Star for outstanding meritorious service as an executive officer of the 213th Signal Detachment. He ended his military career as a Lt. Colonel. He was very proud to have served his country to the absolute best of his abilities. He loved cars, the shoreline, and especially his wonderful friends and neighbors. He was an excellent jazz pianist. He is survived by his father, William Idec of Cary, NC, an adoring daughter, Holly A. Idec of Springfield, IL, two sisters, Maxine Eswein of Cary, NC and Diane Chambers of Livermore, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were be held on Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date. Contributions in Eric's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 80 Hall Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. My sympathy to the entire Idec family with Erics sudden passing. Eric was a great neighbor who will be missed dearly. I will always remember that gentle greeting he gave us each morning on our daily commutes. Rest in Peace Eric, you will never be forgotten. Gary DAV U.S. Army

  2. I worked with Eric for many years. My memories are of a perfect gentleman who always put the good of others first, He was a creative genius with unusual design, vision and marketing skills. He also had a gift for presentation.He will be missed by his many friends and associates.Eric, rest in peace with a race well run and a life well lived.

  3. Eric was a man that his family could be proud of. As a boy, he was always well behaved and he matured into a good student with an artistic flair. We enjoyed watching Eric grow into a talented and successful man. Many have been blessed to have had Eric in their lives. Rest in peace dear nephew.

  4. I didn’t know Mr.Idec, but was lucky enough to be touched by him through his daughter Holly. May your memories live on through those left behind to inspire, drive, and support. Rest in peace.

  5. I was sorry to hear of Eric’s untimely death. I had the privilege to know and enjoy conversing with Eric, as a former Risdon employee. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Surely great memories will keep him alive in your heart forever.

  6. Such sadness fills the hearts of your family and friends, but the heart most broken is Holly’s. Thank you for being the loving, caring father she needed so much. Your leaving us was too sudden, too soon, but your life’s mission must have been accomplished. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. D

  7. Holly, I found your dad’s obituary while looking for Grandpa’s. Your father sounds like an incredible man. I wish I could have met him. I have loved hearing great stories about him during the past few months, though.

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