A few people have asked me to put down in words what I spoke at the funeral and thought this would be the best venue. There may be some variation as Part I and III were somewhat off the cuff. I've also expounded on it slightly, but not too much. Part II, I wrote and spoke verbatim.
After I heard from Brian Forde on Friday (July 26th) I was in haze, my wife was at work and my toddler was at pre-school. I was trying to figure out what stage of grief I was in and how I would handle all the others coming up. I pretty much ceased any "work" I was doing and dreaded calling my mother in Buffalo who I know would take this very hard. I just need to sit and process what I just heard. Naturally, I couldn't believe it and was in complete shock. I came to sit down and went through the motions of going through old DVR recordings to see if anything would take my mind off of this wretched news. I saw a movie that I intended to watch and never did (in fact, it was recorded literally days after we got our DirecTV DVR and was about to be deleted), "The Bucket List". Now, what I'm about to say isn't that original, but it still made me think of Eric and that's all that matters. And of course, it won't come across as good as how Morgan Freeman narrated it ....
"Eric Andre Greiner died in July, it was a Tuesday and [there very likely] wasn't a cloud in the sky. It's difficult to understand the sum of a person's life, some people would tell you it's measured from the people left behind. Some believe it can be measured in faith. Some say, by love. Other folks say life has no meaning at all. Me, I believe you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you. What I can tell you for sure is that by any measure, Eric lived more in his short life as most people live in a lifetime. I know that when he died, his eyes were closed, and his heart was open.
You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?' ‘Has your life brought joy to others'? I believe that Eric stated resoundingly and without hesitation, Yes.”
I'd like to say one more thing … when you reach the top of that mountain and looking up at night, the stars look so beautiful, it's like holes in the floor of Heaven. Knowing our Eric, he'll be patching those holes.
Love & miss you Greiner, you'll always be a part of me … and you brought so much joy to my life.
Since I started working at EBC, we did not chat alot nor did we get to know each other, however, I always felt your smile and spirit pure and sincere..Rest In Peace Eric..God bless you and your family
Eric's kind and welcoming nature will live on through all of us lucky enough to have known him!
An infectious laugh a quick wit , a happy smile and a suspect golf swing that is what I will remember about Eric. I will especially remember his friendship with my son Paul James and the wonder full times with our family. He was Judy's second son, the brother that PaulJames did not have and the second son Judy and I did not have. When Paul James and Eric talked, the conversation was filled with laughter and it made you laugh with them. It made us feel good just to b around them. Their friendship should have lasted a longer lifetime. The memories and the love will last always. To all who knew him, and especially to the family, my deepest sympathy.