This message from Jakki is important to members of our folk music community. GK was an important member of the Black Walnut Folk Club from way back in the early days. Jakki posted this on Facebook:
“I just received the sad news of the passing of my friend, G.K. (Gail Karen Eckert). She was a singer/songwriter, music teacher, writer, mentor and a lovely woman. She will be missed by many. I’m so glad I got to spend a bit of time with her in the last few weeks. For those of you who knew her, she has some videos on youtube about finding your creativity. Sing with the angels, G.K.!!”
From The Record on May 28,: “GK passed away at Freeport hospital, in Kitchener, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at the age of 58. Beloved friend and companion of Byron Leis of Waterloo. Loving sister of Gudrum Reichert of Lucknow and Linda Eckert and Arthur Hutchison of the Yukon. Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents, John and Berta Eckert. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Grand River Hospital and Freeport Hospital.
To celebrate GK’s life, a memorial reception will be held in the Fireplace Room of the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 where friends and family will be receved from 7-8 p.m. and eulogies shared after 8 p.m. Any expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Grand River Hospital Regional Cancer Centre by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.”