SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C.- Frederick Ignatius Erasmus, devoted and loving husband of Dolores (Brys) Erasmus, died at his residence in Surfside, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Born in Meriden on Nov. 16, 1924, by the big black stove to the late Charles Ignatius and Anna (Gawlak) Erazmus. Fred was a retired City of Meriden Firefighter
, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant from the Butler Street firehouse. He was also very proud to have served his country during World War II
, having join the U.S. Navy
and being assigned to the USS Princeton Aircraft Carrier CVL-23. His ship was sunk in the Leyte Gulf, in the Pacific, shortly after Pearl Harbor. Fred jumped ship before it exploded and was in the water for hours before being rescued. Last year Fred went with his daughter, Carol, on the Honor Flight from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Washington, DC. Fred earned nine Battle stars, the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Frederick was president of the Retired Police and Fireman's Association for 20 years in the City, a member of the Polish American Vets in Meriden, and a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church. Frederick was a loyal Washington Redskin fan for years.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Dolores and his four children, Carol Erasmus, of Conway, S.C., with partner Mark Albert, David Erasmus and wife, Doreen, of Colchester, Nancy and husband, Richard Church, of Plantsville, and Robert Erasmus and wife, Stacey, of Wallingford. He is also survived by his nine special grandchildren, Aimee Haynes and her husband,, Timothy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Michele Mesek, of Wethersfield, Jenny Erasmus, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kenneth Church, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Julie Erasmus, of Middletown, Brianna and Samantha, of Wallingford; and two very special great-grandsons, Nathan and Adam Haynes, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Eva Erasmus (Peter); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial with military honors will be at State Veteran Cemetery in Middletown. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 7, prior to service from 8 to 9:30 a.m. For online condolences and directions please visit www.jferryfh.com.