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October 31, 2013
When I was 19 years old I spent six months at the Laakso residence.....(thats the way Eric allways , as I remembered answered the phone btw) I just now at the age of 46 said to my thirteen year old daughter, eighteen year old son and my husband that " maybe I could google" the family in Florida where I stayed as a nanny ... So I did, and sadly found out about Erics passing away!
I hope now that life is good to you all, Deb, Shane and Brent you all and Eric will of course allways be remembered ..
///love and bless from Stockholm Sweden AnnaCarin Gustafson Ideberg "Acy"
March 16, 2013
What a great person to be around, we spent many long hours watching Star Trek and studying minerals in lab, geology field camp. The list of stories I could tell about this thoughtful and extremely intelligent friend is very long. I know I speak for my family also since Eric made a few trips upstate Louisiana with me. There was our trip to Jamaica, after the '79 Super Bowl, each was a story in itself. He was and is always "Big Eric" I was very saddened and shocked to hear of his death. Debbie, it has been a long time since we met you but I remember saying a prayer for all of you when I heard and since reading these entries I am reminded again of how close Eric and were during our Tulane days. God bless you.
February 23, 2013
I ust found out about Eric's death. He was a teammate of mine in the 1974 Connecticut All star Nutmeg Bowl East Team. I remember him as a very nice guy off the field, but a tremendous competitor on it. This hurts my heart as I lost contact with him once he made it "big." My deepest sympothies to his wife and family.
Steve Cote #50. East Team. Colonel, USMC Retired
July 19, 2012
I WAS ERIC AND HIS WIFE'S ELECTRICIAN WHEN THEY BUILT THEIR FIRST HOUSE, IN THEIR NEW BUSINESS, GREAT, GREAT PEOPLE. IT WAS ALWAYS GREAT TO WORK WITH THEM. WILL BE MISSED, WAY,WAY TO SOON.
April 02, 2012
I played football with Eric in high school at Killingly High. He played tackle beside me and I played guard. He was a wonderful teammate and we had a great season in his senior year. I worked out with him in the summers when he was at Tulane at the High School field - he became a star and I became a backup guard at UConn! Miss you aways Eric! Dave McCarthy, Scituate, Ma.
February 13, 2011
I am a HUGE DOLPHIN fan.When I heard ERIC was drafted by them,I was very happy for him.In 1981 I was training for a job in MIAMI,found out that the training camp was the next exit down.After work one day,I went there on my motorcycle, got in watching how amazing he was,well after practice I had a chance to talk with him.Well over a long talk the gates where locked to get out.He said no problem,I will lift it over the fence,but before he did ,the security guy came to unlock the gate.HE was bless with STRENGTH.I pray for the family to have STRENGTH like ERIC...jim dexter .DANIELSON,CT.
February 13, 2011
ERIC was a GENTLE giant rock,I remember when I got him on my C.Y.O.BASKETBALL team.I was coach.Had a scrimmage against our own players, witch I had to play.Boy what a ROCK I ran to.he help me up.I did not do that again...prayers to the family.I WILL MISS HIM jim.dexter DANIELSON.CT.
January 26, 2011
playing against Eric I have to tell you I always had to know where he was because he always had to be accounted for or I would pay the price....rest easy my brother as you will be missed

gregg bingham
January 13, 2011
Greg Laakso, I enjoyed watching a Laakso play so strong so many seasons as a Dolphin.
January 06, 2011
I first met Eric , and his future wife Debbie back in 1978 when I moved to Florida. I was wroking for Royal Business Machiness, and Debbie worked with me as well. One day we were talking about football and how I did not understand the basics of the game. That afternoon, Eric came to pick Debbie up for lunch, and I went too. We went to a local deli right by our office. Eric proceeded to gather several salt and pepper shakers from the tables that suurounded us. Within minutes he set up an immaginary playing field, and explained the downs, calls, and rules. Within minutes this game made so much sense to me. At present I love the game, and I would not miss a Miami Dolfins football game. Thank you Eric for the fond memories. My condolescences to the entire family
January 03, 2011
Eric, you were a true friend to Nancy, Suzanne, B.J. and me and you are already sorely missed. The times we spent together in college and afterwards have been and always will be some of my fondest memories. Mr Laakso (we met when Eric and I were in college) Debbi, Shane and Brent we will always be here for you, please remember that.
January 03, 2011
On behalf of K.W.V.A. CH#169 and the
Department Of Florida K.W,V.A. Olavi and Delores; May God Bless you and your family at this time at your great loss. Harold Sievers, Chaplain
January 03, 2011
Olavi and Delores; I am sincerely sorry for your loss. May God bless you especially at this time.
January 03, 2011
On behalf of Chapter 169 Korean War Veterans of Lake County Florida, I wish to express to Olavi and Delores our heart-felt sympathies at your great loss. Tom Thiel, President
January 03, 2011
He was the gentle giant of the Killingly High football team. I remember getting the call for Bull in the ring excersize. A large circle where the coach called out two players and they ran full tilt into each other. We hit with such force I broke all the webbing inside my helmet and had a slight concussion. He apoligized and felt bad over the injury. He was destined for something greater.
I share the loss with the family for he left that field my friend.
January 03, 2011
He was the gentle giant of the Class of '74 Killingly High football team. I remember getting the call for the "Bull in the ring" training segment at football practice. A large circle where the coach called out two players and they ran full tilt into each other at the center. We hit with such force I broke all the webbing inside my helmet and had a slight concussion. He apoligized and felt bad over the injury. We all knew he was destined for something greater.

I share the loss with the family for he left that field my friend.
January 03, 2011
my deepest sympathies to all erics family
members
January 02, 2011
Bless the Laakso family ,Olaivi,Irma , and his two sons , We have all lost an icon this past Christmas ,someone that inspired truly by his actions and the gift he provided us all with ,simply his presence . We ,our gang , knew at a young age Eric was destined for the big time .What a thrill and with great pride I have had sharing our Erics high school , college and Miami Dolphin stories with the young people I have coached these past twenty or so years ,Eric was the epitome of hard work and perseverance evidenced by his accomplishments . Eric ; Godspeed ,...Until Then! with love !!! Timmy Panteleakos
January 02, 2011
Shane, Brent & Debbie, dad & Irma, I hope you find comfort in remembering all the wonderful times family & friends shared together. We had so much excitement that surrounded "our Dolphin" as we used to call him, but became so much more as friendship. You will be so missed.
Debbi, Rick, Jason & Lindsey Stark
January 02, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Eric's father, his sister Irma, and his family. Eric was a good friend in high school. We played football and ran track together, and shared many memorable times with friends like Chris, Joe, Timmy, Eddie, and others growing up during our high school years. Rest in peace my old friend.
January 02, 2011
To the entire Laakso family, please accept my deepest sympathies.
The loss of Eric is a loss for everyone who knew him. The memories of our friendship will bring a smile to my face each time I think of him.
January 01, 2011
As a family with four teenage girls, growing up in Brooklyn in the 70's was not an easy task, for a parent. Being an older sister to a set of twins was quite interesting as well and if you listened you would 9 times out of 10 hear my Mother say ( don"t bring that boy here again ) I remember one Friday night I believe after a game, my sisters came into the house with what seemed to be a boat load of kids. I sat back and watched and waited for my Mother to say something about all the noise, but all she did was focus on this tall dirty blond haired boy who was as quiet as could be. My Mother went over to him and said you must be Eric as if he were the only one there, she extended her hand to him and said you son are welcome to our home anytime, and referred to him as the gentle giant. My Mom is no longer here with us, but I am sure that she was waiting with open arms to welcome Eric and I know he could not be in better hands. Goodbye for now Eric, you have a place in my families hearts forever. The family of Leo and Gladys Tetreault
January 01, 2011
Heatfelt sympathies to the Laakso family.
January 01, 2011
Big E,
Wish I had followed up with you when I called before Christmas. You were a big guy, with a bigger smile, and an even bigger heart. Rest well my friend and keep the beers cold for me.
January 01, 2011
I dated Eric in the early eighties. I met him at the Rustic Inn where I tended bar. When he went to the mens room one of his friends came up to the bar and asked me if I give you $100.00 would you ask Eric out. So I did and he excepted. I told him about the bet and never took the money. I was just so flattered that he excepted my invatation to go out. He was so shy. I told him that night about the bet and we ended up going out. He had a game to play before our first date and ended up on crutches. He kept the date though and we went to TGI Fridays. I remember he was living with Mike Current at the time. I will never forget what a kind, thoughtful person he was. I will never forget you Eric, I still have the Dolphin jersey you gave me, Love Kim Hill
December 31, 2010
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE LAAKSO FAMILY FROM CANDY AND GREG LAAKSO, SON OF DR ANDREW OLAVI LAAKSO FROM DANIELSON, CT
December 31, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to the Laakso family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
December 31, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Eric's entire family.
December 31, 2010
My deepest condolences to Eric's family. He is remembered as part of my Weston family. I will remember his kind heart and his great smile.
Sharon Captain
December 30, 2010
My deepest condolences to Eric's family.
December 30, 2010
Big "E" you will be missed as much as you were loved. My prayers go out to your family. God speed Eric.
December 30, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Laakso family. Eric was a true gentlemen and friend to all of us back in Connecticut. He was a friend and classmate of my brother, Bo, in high school and I remember him being a real inspiration to many then and throughout his amazing professional career. Our hearts go out to you...he will be missed by so many.
December 30, 2010
Eric was a gentleman. He was always pleasant to work with during my time at Weston. My condolences to his family.

Patricia Leffler Behrens
December 30, 2010
I had the pleasure of rooming with Eric in our first years at Tulane (Eric, I know you may not say the same of me)! He was always a kind hearted gentleman and a role model for all of us at Tulane, in the classroom and on the field. I for one am a better man for knowing Eric. God bless you “Big E”, and family.
December 30, 2010
My fondest memories of you, Eric, are of us growing up in Sterling. During the winter we would skate on the pond, make igloos in the snow and slide down the hill in back of the house. In the summer we would swim in the pond, catch fireflies, and play hide and seek in the dark at the Dyrland’s (Eric’s godparents) summer house in Pomfret with Karen and Alfie. In the fall we would play with Rex and Princess (a.k.a. “Prinny”; remember how you named her - and she truly lived up to her name!) in the piles of leaves we had just raked. Of course we had fun taking saunas year-round, then swimming or rolling in the snow, depending on the season. As we got older, began our own lives, and distance separated us, it got harder to maintain the closeness we had as kids. But please know that you were always in my heart and will be forever. I will miss you, my little brother . . . With all my love, Irma
December 30, 2010
As a HS classmate of Eric's I will always remember the quick smile for ANYONE he passed in the halls. We were and still are So very proud of the Sterling kid that made the big time BIGGER. God bless and rest well.
December 30, 2010
My heart goes out to the Laakso family. I am a graduate of Killingly High School in Danielson, CT. Too old to have known Eric, but my brother Gary did. I followed his career with Tulane and the Dolphins, and was always proud of him..God speed my friend.
December 30, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I know Eric will be sorely missed. Cindy Bell
December 30, 2010
My sincere condolences to the Laakso family from my own behalf and for many other old Finnish football players.

Eric came to Finland in the summer of 1982, we had just started playing REAL football in here a few years earlier. Eric spent here for about a week and every night visited different local teams practices and taught his skills and techniques for us.

I'll remember my team's practise for the rest of my life. At the end of the practise he challenged somebody to pass rush him so that he could actually show his pass blocking. I was then a 5'10'', 180 lbs LB but for some reason all my team mates decided that I should the one to go against him. If Mark Castineau could not flatten him out, neither could I. And I know now how a fly must feel when it gets trapped in a fly paper.

This week have talked about those memories with the players from different teams and it seems like Eric had used that challenge technique in every teams' practice, for example to run a sprint against him.

I don't know why he did that but he sure made us young boys to remember those moments for the rest of our lives and we have a tremendous respect for him and will also remember Eric for the rest of our lives.

Sincerely,
Kari Ketonen
Helsinki Roosters
December 29, 2010
My condolences to Eric's family. Eric was always a good guy, and treated all with respect. Those of us who were with him in college share many fond memories.
December 29, 2010
I can not thank everyone enough for the wonderful messages. I have not been in contact with some of you in years Chris and Rori and Trent I have wonderful memories from when Eric brought me to CT to meet you - he really loved you all the other friends and family that have reached out I am sure he is in heaven with that big smile of his - His life was too short but it really was so very full
December 29, 2010
erics passing was sudden and it is with heart felt sympathy that a young man like him has passed he was a good man and friend although i am not a dolphin fan i met eric 2 yrs ago and he showed me respect even after i said to him i am a pats fan just this year he showed me that beautiful ring he won may he rest in peace cudos eric well miss you
December 29, 2010
You Will BE Truly MISSED Big Guy,

I just learned of Eric's passing last night. He and I became friends through the NFL Alumni Association when he was the President of the Palm Beach County Chapter and I was with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. He and I worked together on the Annual Super Bowl Raffle to raise funds for the under priveledged. In 4 Years, we raised 80k and became very good friends. With his leadership we helped both the ALUMNI ASSOC and the B&GC of Palm Beach County.
We spoke just before Christmas and he sounded his usual chipper self.
I WILL MISS YOU MY FRIEND!!
December 29, 2010
MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE LAAKSO FAMILY. ERIC WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO BOTH MYSELF AND TRENT. THANK YOU ERIC FOR WONDERFUL MEMORIES. LOVE DIANE TETREAULT PAPPAS
December 29, 2010
my condolences to the entire laakso family. Eric was a great friend to myself and then high shcool boyfriend Trent jr. He was a huge part of our "finest" H>S> moments.. Rest In Peace. love, Diane Tetreault Pappas
December 29, 2010
Eric was my next door neighbor and we spoke almost on a daily basis, he was a kind man with a gentle spirit, he had a rough go with health issues over the past few months. He will be missed by many and not forgotten. My condolences again to Eric's Boys Brent and Shayne, and to all of the rest of his family. Eric was a good man.
December 29, 2010
DEC.29,2010 MY CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE LAAKSO FAMILY. MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS EVOLED AROUND MY BOYFRIEND AT THE TIME, TRENT JR., AND ERIC AND TRENT AND i WERE WONDERFUL FRIENDS.. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR YOU ERIC. R.I.P. LOVE, DIANE (TETREAULT) PAPPAS
December 29, 2010
I went to high school with Eric and considered him to be an absolutely nice guy. I remember this time we ended up betting who could run faster around the Brooklyn race track. Since I was much lighter than Eric I figured i could easily smoke him. As we are coming towards the finish line it was a neck and neck race. While I crossed the finish slightly ahead of him I was stunned at how fast this big guy could run. And he was laughing as he crossed the finish line. I was glad to have known him.
December 29, 2010
Eric was my neighbor & 'Circus' friend. The nicest guy you'll know! We talked sports, trivia, & business. For some reason, Eric got a kick out of watching the TV show where the guy falls off the roof or crashes the motorcycle or has a horrendous car wreck! He wailed with laughter over that! Every time I saw Eric, he was sweet as sugar! Polite, amusing, intelligent & funny! I will miss him. To his family - find comfort in knowing he led a dignified life in every way RIP 'Gentle Giant'
December 29, 2010
Eric was a mensch - a man -in every sense of the word. May happy memories carry his family through this difficult time.
December 29, 2010
My condolences to the Laakso family. A great person has passed on. Thanks for watching the Dolphin games with your friends and telling us what really is happening on the field. He will be greatly missed.
December 29, 2010
May he rest in peace, taken too soon, I pray for his family to find peace in their hearts. My heart goes out to you all. While I don't know you personally, I have experienced much loss. Keep him alive in conversation, memories will give you comfort,
December 29, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. I went to High School with Eric and although I didn't know him well, I will always remember a party I attended at the Ben's. I was standing there talking to friends when Eric came up behind me and placed his arm on my head and leaned on me as though he was leaning on a fence. I was 5'4" at the time but was 5'3" when I left the party. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest easy Eric
December 29, 2010
MY RAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY IM MIAMI DOLPHINS SUPPORTER HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY MAY GOD COMFORT YOU AT THIS TIME GIVE YOU PEACE
December 29, 2010
My condolences to the Laakso family. I was a classmate of Eric at KHS and played football alongside him. He truly was a "Gentle Giant", and it was an honor to have known him.
God's speed, Big Man.
December 29, 2010
A true gentleman in all respects. Our friendship began our freshman year at Tulane University. While I was half his size, Eric was often the one who encouraged me to settle issues with conversation instead of violence even though he could have easily wiped the floor with our adversaries. His encouragement kept me out of lots of trouble. He was a diligent student and spent long hours in the lab and library as he worked toward his geology degree. Most amusing was his detour to my campus apartment every Monday-Friday one semester on his way to practice to watch "The Three Stooges". He laughed in that deep, rich chuckle at corny bits that he probably had seen hundreds of times.
Eric always seemed to be in a good mood. His outlook on life was one of optimism and always finding the good in people. He was very sensitive to the hurts of others and very giving to those who were less fortunate.
Debbie and sons- I am so sorry for your loss of Father and husband. He was truly a great man. Boys - you can always be very proud to be Eric's sons as he was an even better man than an athlete. May the Spirit of God comfort your heart and fill the void that is left by Eric's passing.
December 29, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Laasko family. I met Eric at a Dolphins game in Miami through dear friends of mine Alex and Kim Jozefyk. It was a great pleasure meeting Eric he was a super guy. He took the time to not only talk to me but signed an autographed picture for me. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and fans God Bless Y'all.
December 28, 2010
I want to send my best wishes to Eric's family during this difficult time. I got to know Eric while going to the local gym in Coral Springs. In getting to know him during our weekly talks about the markets, sports and the latest investments I found out what all these other people writing about him knew - Eric was a great guy. I will miss our talks very much. God bless him and his boys.
December 28, 2010
Eric and family, I was not a football fan in the 80's so your talents were unknown to me. I am a weekend ice hockey player for 30+ years thus can appreciate your talent, dedication, and success - especially with Miami. I only know you (humbly) through a mutual investment in a company that we both believe in. Reading through the lines, your written word spoke volumes about your life experiences as well the love and respect that your family has for you. We don't know why some people are taken from us but somehow I feel that you are still out there. You are a positive influence and your work will move forward. Thanks for your current and future impacts on the world.
December 28, 2010
My Prays go out to the Laakso Family I still remember Eric approaching my dad and saying sir I would like to play baseball.My dad said,:son how old are you?Eric said I'm nine years old.My father said son I would need to see your birthday certificate,you are so tall.I enjoyed playing little league baseball with Eric.This occured in Sterling Conn,I was ten years old at the time.I knew Eric would grow into being a good man.It is assame his life was taken so young.My brothers,my dad and I will surely miss him.
December 28, 2010
My name is Mike Breault. My deepest condolences to the family. I grew up in the next town from Eric's in Plainfield Connecticut. We played High School football against each other as Eric chose to go Killingly High School, and I chose to stay with Plainfield. I was a senior and Eric was a freshman. The following spring, 1972, I volunteered to be the manager of a Senior Little League baseball team and I drafted a 15 year old kid as my top pick. Yes, it was Eric, 6 feet 4 inches tall. Talk about intimidating the small 13 year olds as he pitched from the mound. Later in years, I saw Eric when he was a senior at Killingly High and he informed me that he was recruited by and would be playing for Tulane. I was so happy for him, he was truly a gentle giant. Years later, I saw him again and he informed me that he had just been drafted by the Dolphins. You can only imagine the glow on my face! When he became a starter, protecting Dan Marino, it seemed so surreal. I last talked with Eric after his career ending knee injury, so many years ago. I just learned today of his passing and I'm so shocked in deeply saddened. Ironically, I'm in Florida visiting my daughter, son-in law, and my wife's parents who live in the Orlando area. I plan to attend the funeral services and to personally extend my sympathy. Eric, you will be missed so much!
December 28, 2010
You will be in our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow.
December 28, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to the Laakso family at this time of sorrow.
December 28, 2010
The Aronson Family will always remember the many wonderful times we spent with the Laakso family. Our annual New Year's lobster dinners, Saturday night trivial pursuit games and holiday BBQ's at the beach. "Big" Eric was a smart, wonderful man, loving father and good friend. We are lucky to have known him and that he was part of our lives.
December 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers to the family.
I grew up with Eric in Sterling CT. when he came back from Tulane the first time I didn't even know it was him, he said with a big grin, "The weight room at Tulane is bigger then Sterling."
The face I will alway remember is the first time he dunked a basketball, What a smile, You will be missed My Friend.
December 28, 2010
You will be missed, you were a great friend.
December 28, 2010
My condolences to the Laakso family. I was blessed to have Eric as a friend. He possessed a unique quality that always brought out the best in all of those that he touched. You will always be in my heart.
December 28, 2010
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to the Laakso family at this hardest of time in your lives. I only knew Eric through the tv screen by watching his games, but I'm sure that he was a great guy. RIP and may Gob bless.
December 28, 2010
Eric's folks had a sauna next to a pond at their home in Conn. I will always remember big gentle Eric throwing my three kids, Billy, Kristine and Debra Dyrland into the pond like they were footballs. The kids would laugh and beg for more. We sat in the rain in Syracuse, NY for a Tulane game .....also a Miami vs. Buffalo game where we got many dirty looks when cheering for Eric and Miami. Eric and the Laakso family will always remain a special memory in our hearts. With Sincere Sympathy, Kathy Dyrland Webster & family.
December 28, 2010
JUDIE AND MARTY SHENKIN
OUR HEARTFELT SYMPOTHY TO ERIC'S
FAMILY. TRULEY A GENTLE MAN
December 28, 2010
Eric, thanks for the memories in your years with the Dolphins. You will be missed, R.I.P.
December 28, 2010
I played at Killingly High School with Eric in 1972. I was on the same offensive line with him. We were both offensive tackles. Not only was Eric a good football player he was a great athlete. At 6'4" and 260 lbs he was one of the fastest players on the team. I played tennis with him a few times and I was lucky to get a point. He never played basketball at KHS but he did play in the rec. league. Awesome and dominating. I believe he still holds the shot put record for the track team. A legend. He allowed me to brag that I not only played with Eric but I knew him as a great person as well. A fine man. Sadly missed.

Vance Carter
December 28, 2010
I am sorry to hear of Erik's passing. I remember him as a rookie when Kooch and I took him under our wing to help him learn the trade. He was a great team player and friend. My sympathies to his family.

Jim Langer
Ramsey, MN
December 28, 2010
Heart-felt
December 28, 2010
Eric was a good friend. He was going through some rough times recently but always kept his upbeat attitude. A great professional and a better friend. I will miss all his daily e-mails and jokes. Rest now Eric, no more stress. Have a cold one for me. Your NFL buddy,
December 28, 2010
Eric, I am sure, was a great man. Your loss will be in our family's thoughts and prayers. I have been a Miami Dolphins fan since I was a young boy growing up in Miami. I remember watching Eric play in the 1980's. I have been in Louisville KY since 1977 and have always remained a huge Miami Dolphins fan. I know have my son, who is now 10 and has become a big dolphins fan. He reminds me of myself when I was his age. Heart disease is a tough disease. I lost my father when he was only 39 (I was 16). He died after having his 6th heart attack. It was tough but got easier day after day.
Please remember the happy times. Losing someone very close is very hard to handle. It does get better each day as long as you keep thinking of the happy times and that he is in no more pain.
Jose Guerrero
14606 Cressington Circle
Louisville KY 40245
December 28, 2010
Eric brought a smile to the lives of everyone and his memory will live on in those of us he influenced. He was a gift to so many.
December 28, 2010
Many will miss this great man. Eric was a great friend to me in high school. will always remember how he conducted himself with humility and respect for other. Good luck my fellow Finn
December 28, 2010
one my best friends in high school. You knew he would make it in anything he wanted to, great temperment would have never knew he was such a great athlete, till you saw him in action. I am going to miss my fellow Finn.
December 28, 2010
Peace to all who knew Eric and cared for him. I remember him as a childhood friend and how awesome it was that he made the NFL. Rest in peace, Eric.
December 28, 2010
I recall in 1979 as a youngster on the Brooklyn (Ct.) Jr.High basketball team, Eric would join us for sprints. The floor would shake as he ran past all of us kids. A very impressive person made a lasting mark on me that day and I would attempt to follow his progress from that point forward. Rest in Peace Mr.Laakso. Thanks for the memories
December 28, 2010
December 28, 2010
My condolences to the Laakso family . One of the nicest person you would want to meet , hard to believe he played football . He will be missed but not forgotten by myself and friends at The Circus.

Wally Guzman Ft. Lauderdale
December 28, 2010
To the the family of Eric Laakso - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Eric will be missed by many.
December 27, 2010
I went with my father to every home game Eric played in with the Dolphins. I lost my father earlier this year and know how hard it is for the Laakso family right now. I have watched his youngest son Brent grow up since middle school and see how much he is hurting. My heart goes out to Eric's two sons Brent and Shane and their mother Debbie. May time heal their pain.
December 27, 2010
I would like express my fellow feeling to you.Lossing a dear love one can pain the heart however our heavenly father is alway there to give you all comfort and tender mercy to endure.We all are affected in one way or another by old age, sickness , pain,sorrow ,etc. In the future we can look forward to better thing as the bible say at Ps.145:16. May it help in some way to hear that so many are thinking about you all and hope your journel of life be support by the many chreish memories of Mr. Laakso.
December 27, 2010
eric laakso will be greatly missed RIP
December 27, 2010
Eric will be missed by members of our family. He exemplified the athlete who is the "good guy". There is no question but that he really was a truly gentle man. May his memory be a blessing for all of us.
Patricia & Steven Bell
December 27, 2010
I am so saddened to hear that Eric has passed away. He was a high school classmate and friend. The term 'gentle giant' describes him back then also. We were all so proud of him when he made the NFL! No one deserved it more. RIP Eric.
December 27, 2010
I was shocked to read about Eric's passing this evening. I remember interviewing Eric before the '84 Super Bowl for my radio show. He was very generous with his time and was wonderful to talk with. Godspeed Eric.
December 27, 2010
My heart goes out to the family. I knew Eric back during his football days and he was a wonderful man. I have heard him referred to as the "gentle giant" and that is the perfect description. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy to the family.
December 27, 2010
Eric was a wonderful part of my life. I will always remember and cherish his humor and intelligence. This world has lost a mountain of a man. For all of his size, he was the kindest man I have ever known.

I will miss him.
December 27, 2010
I'm very sorry for your lost. God will be there for you, in this time of need.My prayers and thoughts are with you.
December 27, 2010
Eric thanks for all the wonderful memories and unbelievable experiences offered to us because of you. There are so many but the most outstanding were the result of your skills as member of the Miami Dolphins. The Superbowls XVII & XIX are my personal favorite life events. How many people in the entire world can say they have had dinner with a Superbowl team after the big game. Or go up to the winning QB and tell him "Congratulations but the better team should have won, I'm just kidding"(what I told Joe theisman after he just won the Superbowl and he laughed at that!). I will never forget them or you. ? PEACE ?
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