Twenty-five years ago I walked through the doorway of a tiny refurbished house on Dixon St. Within minutes I knew this was going to be the job of my life. So who exactly do I work for? With the smile I hold dear, Eric says, ‘Now that there's three of us, just think of it like this, I'm the President, Jim is the Vice President and you get to be the employee'! Then Eric reached out to all corners of AK and beyond sharing his expertise in every field of research imaginable. Since the day I had to leave, I missed you. Today I miss you more.
I first met Eric at UAF in the sixties. Enjoyed him then and again in 2003 when we had a quick visit in Juneau and played catchup on where our lives had taken us. Our visits, even separated by decades, are a valued memory.
I met Eric and Jo when we (Clair and Toni Markey) moved to Juneau in 1964 and lived on Lena Loop about two cabins away from them. He was a delight, always cheerful and a most kind hearted person. I left in 1970, but Clair remained in Alaska. Clair, a basketball player and coach, also recently passed on June 20th. It is so sad to suffer these losses. Condolences, prayers and love to all from, Toni DePaiva
I enjoyed Eric's company and will miss him very much. Blessings to his friends and family.
To Eric and his family: Few men like Eric have graced our path; he had an enormous gift of treating every individual he met like they were the most important person he would meet that day. From first grade, to high school basketball, to the St. Paul Singers, and life in general, he added his extraordinary talent, love and caring. We're not ready to let you go, dear friend, but the only saving grace is knowing you are with our creator and your beloved son, Mark. God Bless you and we know we'll see you again! Marlene Ciraulo
on behalf of the Williams family we send our deepest condolences, to the Mcdowell family, our prayer we send to you, the lord be with you,
I am so sorry for your loss. Eric was huge in the AA community and he inspired many including myself. He was an example of truly living the the twelve step way of life. I will miss him in and out of our rooms. God Bless,
My condolences Chris and Lisa. It is very rare in life that one meets people so genuine, caring, and compassionate towards others. It was a pleasure to work with your dad. He was always very kind and I appreciated the wisdom and though he put into the conversations we had. It was a true pleasure to work for him. My heart goes out to you two both, and to your girls as well.
Eric is a true champion. One of the few. Not hollywood, the real deal. You are and will be missed dearly. God bless, Dom
What a wonderful man Eric is! A bright light has gone out for his loved ones, but his legacy wil continue to guide all who had the pleasure of knowing him on earth. Blessings to Lana and his extended family.
I will miss Eric. He was a dear friend and colleague.
Lloyd Robinson, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Eric, thank you for being such a wise and supportive friend and a role model to many. I wish you were here to see how much you are loved and respected.
There are few people that really make a difference. Eric was one of those. A great man a good friend and a deal changer. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lana and his family.
For over 40 years a good friend, talented mentor, supportive father, a good man. He changed the course of my life on two occasions and I am forever grateful.
Oh Eric, our lives crossed so many times, Haines, UAF, Juneau. Through philanthropic causes like United Way and the Juneau Community Foundation, or through tourism or through working with your company. Your brother Peter sponsored me into Rotary. You gave the world so much. We would ripen into each other more frequently at the airports in Alaska than anywhere else it seems and you always had a smile, kind words, a true love for Alaska and her people. Thank you for being a shining light. That you for sharing you. We will miss you tremendously.
My love and prayers go out to Eric's family. I know his Memorial Service will be a true celebration of the life of a caring, compassionate man who reached out to many sharing God's love in so many ways.
Sylvia Schonberg Point Roberts
Eric was a dynamic life force.His energy lives on through the thousands whose lives he touched and his memory is forever etched in the hearts of all those that loved him. My thoughts to his great supportive family.Eric and Mark have now walked another journey together.
My best thoughts.
To Eric's family, loved ones and friends,
I'm really sorry for your loss. Eric was a great friend of my Dad's, Charlie Williams from Haines, where they grew up together, and shared alot of good memories. Their visits during Gold Medal Basketball tournament every year in Juneau will always be treasured.
Eric came to Ketchikan a few years ago to help my husband Richard facilitate a workshop, and we enjoyed our visit with Eric very much. His personality was so great, and energetic, that you knew when he was in the room. He was also caring, compassionate, and kind.
Dad and I will miss Eric, and I feel like our world is less bright without his warm presence.
The world has lost a wonderful friend and gentleman. He had the ability to work with so many different kinds of people and numerous communities through out the state of Alaska he will be missed by so many.
Respected honored and forever cherished memories of Eric's life works and deeds will continue in others.
Eric definitely left a footprint on my heart and in my life I will forever treasure is memory and never forget his many kind and thoughtful ways
Peggy Ormasen Haines Alaska.
I am very saddened to read of Eric's passing. I had the pleasure to work with Eric on many ocassions regarding native issues and he always showed such caring and compassion. He truly lived a warm-spirited life. I will miss seeing him, but I believe his legacy will live on through those who knew him.
Lana,Chris,Lisa,Lauren,Anna,Marina,Amanda,Emma & Jo
We were so sorry and sad to hear Eric was in such poor health with the out look getting grim. The only bright thought that gave peace was knowing Mark would be there to take that long walk home with Eric. Can you imagine the hugs,tears, laughter & talk. I bet Mark has some amazing hunting & fishing trips planned for them, oh the hunting & fishing grounds in heaven better be ready cause it now has 2 McDowell's with skills! You know those totes are gonna be full!
Peace Be with you Eric you will be missed by so many.
The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift. He guides me across the dark waters. He steers me in deep channels. He keeps my log. He pilots me by the star of holiness for His name's sake. Yea, though I sail 'mid the fenders and tempests of life I shall dread no danger for He is near me. His love and care shelter me. He prepares a harbor before me in the homeland of eternity. He anoints the waves with oil, my ship rides calmly. Surely sunlight and starlight shall favor me on my voyages and I will rest in the Port of our Lord forever.
Our Love & best to you all,
The Reddekopp Family
A beautiful spirit passed our way...Thank you Eric
What a loss! A dynamic, creative and sensitive man who gave much to the Juneau community. Eric was a good friend to many people in the community and had friends all across Alaska. He will be missed.
Condolences. It was always a pleasure working with Eric when I was on the board of Shee Atika' Inc. from Sitka. Eric was the consummate professional. He will be missed.
I am just stunned; Eric has always been so vital and strong. I have always admired his spirit and his very heart. Happy Trails, Eric.
Eric, a dear, special friend. Always, I feel blessed to have known you.