EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
April 11, 2010
Rev. Neil R. Eichhorn
NOTTINGHAM, N.H. — The Reverend Neil Robert Eichhorn passed away in Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.
He was born in Lawrence, on Aug. 22, 1938, to Clarence "Larry" Eichhorn and Thelma Budd Eichhorn. Much of his early life was spent at Shriners Hospital in Springfield. For the past 29 years, he lived in Nottingham, N.H.
Neil graduated from Tenney High School (Methuen). He received degrees from Tufts University, where he studied math, astrophysics, and sociology; and from Bangor Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a UCC minister. Neil liked to say that after learning how to destroy the world, he decided to try to save it instead!
Neil was a DeMolay Chevalier, and member of Temple Chapter 20, Orient Council 14 and the Palestine Commandery, all York Rite bodies of Rochester, N.H. He also participated in the Mt. Tir'em Blue Lodge and the Bektash Shrine.
During his ministry he served churches in Waterford, Belfast, and Princeton, Maine, Salem, N.H., and Dudley. In the 1980s, he served as a supply preacher in Nottingham, Newmarket and Lee, N.H.
He is survived by his wife, Jean of Nottingham, N.H.; sons, Peter Eichhorn of Greenwood, Maine, Stephen Moore of Nottingham, N.H.; daughters, Kirstin Powers of Southbridge, Ali Brousseau and husband David of Barrington, N.H.; sisters, Linda Day and husband Thomas Day of Wallingford, Conn., Roberta Barlow and husband Allan Barlow of Windham, N.H.; nephews, Jeffrey, Kevin, and Trevor Day; Eric, Christopher, and Scott Barlow; and a niece, Amy Barlow Kunicki. He is also survived by four granddaughters, Cheryl and Carla Eichhorn, Danika and Brynley Brousseau; and several great-nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at First Church Congregational in Methuen at 1 p.m. on April 17. Refreshments and memories will follow in the Parish Hall. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Wheelchair Fund at Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Arrangements are by the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, Methuen. To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.