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November 29, 2012

Family, fiancee mourn ambulance driver

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“It’s been nonstop here with people coming in and out with their thoughts and prayers and love for Eric.”

”He had a gift for talking to people. Just bringing joy to different people,” Eric’s brother, Alan, said.

Eric’s personality was balanced with strength and gentleness. And he was never one to put himself first, Dennis said.

Eric would stay by his late wife Norma’s side until the early morning as she went through cancer treatments and would then go off to work without complaint.

And he worked hard. The skilled diesel mechanic would drive all over the North Country, from Champlain to Jay to Tupper Lake, making friends along the way, Gladys said.

Eric joined Champlain EMS so he could give back to those who had done so much for his family, Mary Ellen said.

”He was happier for it,” Alan said.

FAMILY MAN

While driving the ambulance threw many sobering situations his way, Eric was anything but serious.

His humor lit up a room and, when the time came for fun, he was always the life of the party, Mary Ellen said.

Dennis laughed as he remembered Eric dressing up as a hula princess at a social gathering.

As did helping those in need, hobbies in his spare time made him happy.

Even when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fixing vehicles; John Deere tractors were among his favorites to work on.

Eric once fixed up an old truck that had been sitting in a field for 30 years, Alan said. He also spent time working on an antique John Deere Model AO tractor, Mary Ellen said.

But above all, those close to him remember Eric as a family man who never thought of himself first; he leaves a teenage daughter, McKayla, and a huge and irreplaceable void in his family circle.

”He made everyone feel more important than himself,” Dennis said. “So people wanted to be around him. They loved to be with him.

“He’s the kind of man that you would want to be.”

Email Felicia Krieg: 

fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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