July 6, 1923 - Nov. 7, 2012
James Warren Ericsson, 89, of Sarasota and Crossville, TN, passed away Nov. 7, 2012 in Crossville.
He was born and educated in Linden, NJ.
Jim was a proud WWII veteran
serving as a Technical Sgt. in the 188th Signal Battalion, 79th Division. Drafted in 1943, he went ashore at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 13, 1944 (D-Day + 7). He served in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and was a Battle of the Bulge veteran.
Returning from the war, he went to college graduating as an electrical engineer. He was employed and retired from AT&T New York. Following retirement, Jim moved to Sarasota and immersed himself as a member and volunteer for many service related organizations. Jim was a member of the Sahib Temple and served for many years as the Shrine's Golf Committee Chairman. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Life Member of Elks Lodge
#2495 Sarasota. He was a dedicated supporter of Shriner's Hospitals and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Jim was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church Sarasota.
He was a great golfer, shooting two holes-in-one at Sunrise Golf Club, where he also served as Golf Committee Chairman. He played two to three times a week until he was 85.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife Ruth, step-son David Brewer (Linda) of Crossville; his brother, Elbert (Dottie), two nephews and two nieces of the Barnegat Light area of New Jersey.
Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A Memorial service will be held Thursday, December 6th at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota. A luncheon will be served at 12:00 PM with service at 1:00 PM. Inurnment will follow at Sarasota National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name may be made to Shriner's Hospital , care of Sahib Temple, 600 N. Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.