Norman Hecker


Norman Hecker, 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.

He was the devoted father of Michael Hecker (Martha) of Maui, HI and Barbara Hecker of Cranston, loving grandfather of Matthew (Yui), Miles and Lauren (Dylan) and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was the dear brother of the late Daniel Hecker.

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. For online condolences, please visit