Eric Nash March 27, 1926 - July 3, 2012 On July 3, 2012, in St. George, Utah, Eric Nash passed away after a long struggle with cancer at the age of 86. He was born March 27, 1926, in Vienna, Austria to Ernst Nash (aka Natscherudetz) and Gertrude Nash (Neuhauser), and married Heidi Elaine Gahwiler December 31, 1967 in Pacific Grove, California. Eric moved to San Francisco after a long career as a professional soccer player for River Plate, a premier team of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He and his wife ran several retail outlets while residing in the city. Their two children, Yvette Trudy Nash and Eric Charles Nash were also born in San Francisco, as well as Yves Olaf Nash, his only grandchild. His daughter presently teaches in San Francisco. For a number of years, Mr. Nash has been the director of the International Sports Hall of Fame and Olympic Museum located on the Oregon Coast. He also participated as a sprinter in the 1948 London Olympics, as well as the 1952 Helsinki Games. He will be missed by his family and all his friends, who knew this very active, vibrant man. There will be a private family service in Mesquite, Nevada on July 6, 2012, and a memorial at a later date in Depoe Bay, Oregon. "Homeward, Homeward, Soon you will be going now... Joy of our meeting, Pain of our parting, Shine in our eyes as we bid you good bye. Good bye Olympian, Good bye Olympian."
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 8, 2012