Norman Hecker


Hecker, Norman, 96, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at home. Norman enjoyed 68 wonderful years with his late wife, Frances (Senders). Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Oscar and Bessie (Wichnin) Hecker, he had lived in Cranston for 46 years, previously living in Providence for over 40 years.

Norman joined the Navy in June of 1943, immediately after graduating from Hope High School.  He proudly served during WWII aboard the USS Arided (AK 73) and received 2 Bronze Stars among his awards.  Norman was a Mason for 65 years and a member of the Ionic Lodge #28, and was given a 50 year medal. He was a manager and supervisor at several locations for Benny’s Home & Auto for 27 years, retiring in 1991.

Norman was devoted to his wife Frances of 68 years, they did everything together and enjoyed exploring New England.  After Frances’s passing, Norman spent time attending many Veterans functions after his trip aboard the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2014.  He loved the veterans events especially being honored at McCoy Stadium on the field.  He was a dedicated retail manager for Benny’s, had a deep love of music, photography and was very nostalgic.

Devoted father of Michael Hecker (Martha) of Maui, HI and Barbara Hecker of Cranston. Dear brother of the late Daniel Hecker. Loving grandfather of Matthew (Yui), Miles and Lauren (Dylan). Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Bayada Home Health Care and especially Viviane Borges Monteiro and Geisa Marques for their hard work and kindness with Norman’s care.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight, PO Box 28132, Providence, RI 02908.  Funeral services and Shiva will be private.


  1. Peter Smith
    Jan 30, 2021

    Barb/family, It was very sad news to read that we lost your Dad. Norn was an all around nice guy, and i enjoyed spending time with him. He was a charter member of the McShawn’s Back Porch Veterans Assoc., which we created to honor him and our Greatest Generation Vets.
    He was always so kind to my grandson, who loved visiting Norm’s “Navy Musuem”. It was always a pleasure running into him at Chelo’s and Swawn’s.
    He will be missed.

  2. Susan Rice
    Jan 30, 2021

    Barbara and Michael
    I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. It was my pleasure getting to know him a little last year while volunteering for the Jewish Collaborative Services. He was so personable and genuine. He loved his navy memorabilia and showed me many items. Although we only met a few times, he made a lasting impression on me. I will remember him fondly.

  3. Lee and Seymour Glantz
    Jan 30, 2021

    Please accept our sincere condolences. We will remember him’

  4. sandy sokoll
    Jan 30, 2021

    Dear Barbara,
    So sorry to see that your dad passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother.

  5. Tom Field
    Jan 30, 2021

    To the Mr Hecker family, best of thoughts in this time.

    I worked with Normand at store #16 in the late 70’s. He took us young folks under his wing and helped us learn retail. Always had a smile and a good story.

    Rest In Peace Norm.

    Tom Field
    Dover NH

  6. Neil and Charlotte Sheer
    Jan 31, 2021

    Barbara and family,
    Our sincere condolences on Norman’s passing. We always enjoyed our conversations with him. He was a nice guy, a gentleman and well liked by our entire family.

    Neil and Charlotte Sheer

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