Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 pm Victoria Hall
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If a life is measured not by riches amassed, but by the enrichment of the lives of others, then Eric lived a great life in the company of many great people. He had a tremendous capacity to enjoy life. He was compassionate, generous with his time, gentle and wise. He found something of value in all people and new experiences. He is survived by his wife and partner for 70 years, Dorothy, his sons Julien and Chris (Nancy) and grandchildren Aran and Eva. We wish to acknowledge all who share in our loss and thank all who contributed to his life. If desired, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity Northumberland. A celebration will be held on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg. Professor, philosopher and poet, we’ll let Eric have the last word: "But whether short or lasting long, whatever is the wonder of the coming. What never seems quite right, is the order of the going."
So sad to hear of Eric's passing - such a warm, interesting, friendly human being. Didn't know him well but enough to have a brief chat when running into him in Cobourg. Saw him about 2 years ago at the Movies - he had a cane. asked him how he was feeling. He brandished the cane in the air, laughed and said, "It gives Me A Bit of Swagger, Don't You Think?" A lovely person. Condolences to Dorothy & Family
Years ago I enjoyed working with Eric on the AGN board. Hopefully, your memories and the support of your family and friends will give some measure of comfort. Please accept my condolences.
Dear Dorothy and family,We were so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. We first met you both when our daughters, Aidan and Niamh, befriended Eva at Jen Burnham's horse camp a few summers ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the resulting conversations in your living room when dropping off or picking up the girls. We remember Eric as an engaging and lively storyteller whose curiosity and love of life and people shone through. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our sincere condolences.Angie and Nick Massey-Garrison
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Dorothy and family. Eric was a wonderful man. In my professional capacity at the BMO I had many occasions to interact with Dorothy and Eric and his lively mind, keen wit and kind and gentle demeanor made every meeting with Eric a delight. A true gentleman, he will be missed. Mary Ann Kelly
I’m very sorry for your loss. Eric will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know him.
The Winter family and the town of Cobourg has lost a true gentleman and a very talented and colourful personality.He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
So shocked and saddened to learn of Eric's death. My son Jorden and I knew him from serving him and his lovely wife Dorothy in the dining room at Legion Village. He was always a cheerful, caring man with a witty comment. We will miss seeing him in the dining room,Our condolences to Dorothy and family at this difficult time.Sincerely, Michelle Wright and Jorden Diminie Cadieux (kitchen aid's at Legion Village
Dear Dorthy, Chris and Julien,Words fail to express how richly and widely Eric shared his learning and voyaging into the worlds of poetry and art. I am very grateful to have been one of his many poet friends and to have known your generous hospitality Dorothy. That quotation aptly brings Eric's wry wit to mind.
We are enriched with the knowledge that Eric became a dear friend. Although this was only the past few years, he always stopped to chat, ask after our family and became a much loved neighbour. We will miss him dearly and cherish our signed copy of his book. Much love to his amazing wife Dorothy and all the family.
Eric was everything that was said in his obituary and even though he and Dorothy only lived down the hall for around a year or so he showed every one of those qualities. We had a cane/sword fight just outside the dining room on Saturday which he usually instigated. He was such a gentleman in every sense of the word. Dorothy will miss him a great deal as he was her ears but she has a lot of people here that care for her and will watch over her. I am blessed for having met Eric and had him in my life if only for a short time.
My condolences to Eric’s family on his passing. There was never a dull moment when in his company.
A wonderful fellow, and a great conversationalist, I first met Eric on the opposite side of the fence (so to speak) I was on Council and he was involved in opposing something we had proposed. It soon became apparent that Eric had no malice in his arguments and eventually prevailed. I admitted defeat and became a friend. Sad to hear of his demise and our condolences and best wishes to Dorothy and the family.
A great loss to the Town of Cobourg and his many friends here.Gail and Tony