JOHNSON, K. Eric K. Eric Johnson born December 21, 1981 died unexpectedly Sunday, January 6, 2013. He was the beloved son of Karl Johnson and Susan Theriault, esteemed older brother to Ian Johnson, and cherished nephew and cousin to all the members of the Johnson and Theriault families. His circle of friends was large. His loss leaves a crater in our hearts. With a halo of blond hair and clear blue eyes as well as a contagious chuckle that readily acknowledged the amusements of everyday life, Eric charmed and inspired all of us who knew and loved him. He was an avid skier - breaking his right leg one winter and then for good measure, his left the following season. With his mother and brother, he later rollerbladed and mountain biked, sharing long afternoons building the bonds of a profound brotherly friendship. From his father, he learned the art and appreciation of all things beautifully designed and conscientiously crafted. He graduated from St. Paul's High School in Bristol, CT in 2000 where he cultivated friendships that he maintained until today. Eric earned a degree in finance from the University of Harford in 2004. Under the tutelage of his aunt, Janice Theriault he began working at Arbor Benefit Group in Farmington, CT where he was promoted to Director of Underwriting. Professionally, he was respected for his business acumen as well as popular with his colleagues for his easy going disposition. Eric was devoted and compassionate with all of his friends but particularly to those in need. Eric was admired, too, for his stoic management of the challenges life gave him early; his compassion in the face of his mother's devastating illness was a reminder that even the young can be heroic. His death is a profound tragedy. But his life was a blessing to all of us who knew and loved him. Eric is survived by his father Karl Johnson and his wife Sandra of Harwinton, his mother, Susan Theriault of Simsbury, his brother Ian Johnson and fiance, Caitlin Van Stone of Farmington, his Grandfather Danford Theriault of Southington, his Grandparents Arthur and Joyce Johnson of Harwinton, his Aunt Janice Theriault of Simsbury, his Aunt Karen Eseppi of West Hartland, his Uncle Dan Theriault of Woodbridge, his Uncle Greg Theriault of Granby, his Uncle Bill Theriault of Weston, his Aunt Debby Walonowski of Southington, his Uncle Mark Johnson of Harwinton, his Uncle Paul Johnson of Harwinton, as well as many cousins and extended family. His family will receive friends on Friday (January 11) from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, CT 06085. The Memorial Service celebrating Eric's life will be held Saturday (January 12) at 2:00 pm in The Ahern Funeral Home with Reverend John F. Wilmarth officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to further research on hirschbrungs disease at Yale University, Yale Pediatric Surgery, c/o Dr. Milissa McKee, P.O Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520. Checks should be made out to Yale University, attn: Judy Ahearn. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Haven Register on Jan. 10, 2013