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Ormond Eckley, known to many as General Pleasonton, dies

Original post made on Nov 6, 2008

Ormond W. Eckley, who was known to many as General Alfred Pleasonton, died Oct. 31 at the age of 83.

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Posted by Jerri Pantages Long
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm

In his costumed role as General Pleasonton, Ormand Eckley added a special bit of local color to our community Fourth of July celebration for most of the 10 years it has been held at Lions Wayside Park. No matter how sweltering the weather, Mr. Eckley would proudly don his authentic replica uniform, bringing to life our history, reminding us how this town's name was altered by a clerk misspelling the general's name and thereby inadvertently depriving him of the intended honor. Even when he had to use a walker, Mr. Eckley still was a tresured member of the audience "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution."


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 8, 2008 at 8:28 pm

I never met Mr. Eckley, but I applaud his service to keeping alive the history of our home, Pleasanton. He serves as an example to the rest of us that we should know our history, because to forget our history is at our own peril.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm

He certainly was a striking figure in his photo...

Rest In Peace, "General Pleasonton"...


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Posted by Paulette
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Once upon a time, we had a hardware store in Pleasanton in The Rose Pavilion Shopping Center called Simon's. I worked there and so did Ormand. He was a jovial and kind man, who enjoyed sharing his expertise on the job. I thought it was such a kick that he played that role as General Pleasanton each year. I'm sure he will be missed by all his friends, relatives, and the people of Pleasanton. I know that we missed him when he retired from working at Simon's.