Eric Henry Laakso November 29, 1956 - December 25, 2010 Pompano Beach, Fl - Eric Laakso, 54, died unexpectedly at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida on Christmas Day. Eric was born in New York, NY on November 29, 1956 to Olavi Laakso and the late Liisa (Miettinen) Laakso. Eric grew up in Sterling and graduated from Killingly High School in Danielson in 1974. An outstanding football player in high school, Eric received many scholarship offers to play in college. He chose Tulane University not only for its football program but also for its academic reputation and the city life that New Orleans offered. After graduating from Tulane in 1978 with a degree in geology, Eric was chosen as a fourth round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, where he played until 1984. Eric is survived by his sons Shane Jared Laakso and Brent Hunter Laakso, both of Florida; his father, Olavi Laakso, also of Florida; and his sister Irma Laakso Gregory of South Windsor. Funeral services were held on Wednesday December 29, 2010 at Menorah Gardens, Southwest Ranches, FL.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Dec. 31, 2010