Marine SSgt Eric D., beloved son of Linda and Robert Christian; beloved brother of Mark, Phil, and Chris and sister-in-law, Patricia; beloved uncle to Lexa, Harry, and Adara Abrahamsen; and hero to a country was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery where Eric was buried with full honors and awarded the Purple Heart. On Saturday, June 8th at 12 noon, a brief service will be conducted at the Veterans Memorial, Main Street, Ramsey, NJ, followed by a 'Memorial Celebration' from 1:30-5:30 PM at the Mahwah Elks Lodge, 1 Foxwood Lane, Mahwah NJ.
Eric was more than a Marine. He was a man who embodied compassion and integrity; lived in a place of truth and realness; and believed in making life exactly what he wanted it to be. He was able to stay so present and appreciate each moment for what it was. Eric was fearless and adventurous and at the same time private and vulnerable. As a giver, he embodied compassion and integrity. As an independent thinker, he accepted everything for what it was and everyone for who they are. Although his faith was tested tremendously because of his career, spiritually he was accepting and comfortable with the divine order of life. He had a profound sense of obligation and duty to his loved ones.
We will remember you as you were
a noble man.
The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever. - Bob Marley
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to "The SSgt. Eric D. Christian, USMC Memorial Scholarship Fund" for graduating seniors of Ramsey H.S., NJ and mail c/o SSGT Eric Christian Scholarship Fund, 6 Laudaten Way, Warwick, NY 10990.
Published in The Record/Herald News on May 24, 2013