Errol Cross McDowell
2000 - 2018
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Errol Cross McDowell
January 19, 2000- June 13, 2018
Pebble Beach
Good Night Sweet Prince
On June 13th, our beloved son Errol Cross McDowell, 18, died in our arms at home in Pebble Beach, California, after a six year fight with brain cancer. Errol waged his battle courageously and with grace, wit and selflessness, just as he lived his short glorious life. We shall miss him forever.
Errol was unique, an emblem of all that is good; he sacrificed his own health while enduring one after another clinical trial to cure his cancer. Often he was the first person to submit to a specific therapy, and he did this willingly, knowing that while he might not make it, he would be advancing science that could lead to a cure for other children. Errol was a creative prodigy, playing Joplin on the piano at ten years old, editing his own movies, reading voraciously. He appeared in two off Broadway plays and three movies (including the fulsome Joe Dirt 2!). His musical taste spanned the generations from Maroon Five to Dinah Washington and Chet Baker. His favorite books were The Great Gatsby and Noah Dietrich's The Amazing Mr. Hughes. He loved his parents Tori and Rider, twin brothers Mac and Piers, his friends, his aunts and uncles, his grandparents Rita and Sam and Bill and Betty, Sam's weekly drawing and scrimshaw lessons in his Carmel studio, his numerous friends, bad horror movies, the New Jersey farm, pool hopping at La Quinta, crank calls, Mustique, his teachers at All Saints Day School and Carmel High School. He was proud of his family and their contribution to America, including surgeon Ephraim McDowell of Kentucky and Thomas Hart Benton, the artist, as well as the Knight, Cross and Von Der Brelee families.
A private service will be held among friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please visit, a charity conceived of by Errol, seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy.

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Published in Monterey Herald Obits on Jul. 1, 2018.
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October 21, 2019
Dear Tori,

Unexpected, and with great sadness I read about Errols passing. I was in the Parent's Place group with Sherry, Heidi, Stephanie, Paulette, Elin, Carrie, and Glynis in 2000. I am at a loss for words. My heart goes out to you and family. Our deepest sympathy. Carmen
Carmen Frater
January 20, 2019
I remember Errol always sticking up for me in elementary school. He was a blessing then and still is now. I'm happy to say that I got to grow up with him in the same school and classes. -Brooke Metcalfe
Brooke Metcalfe
November 4, 2018
Dear Mr and Mrs McDowell You may not remember me my name is Dawn I worked with you in 2001 and helped care for Errol. I want to send my deepest condolences as this sadly breaks my heart. I wanted to touch basis you and to let you know I think of you guys often. I send all of my thoughts and prayers to you. Love you guys. Hope to see you soon. RIP my Prince
Dawn Mitchell
August 3, 2018
Angel Errol, your sole is at rest now but your memory will never fade. You've left a legacy of good deeds in your selflessness and caring. My heart breaks for those left behind who loved you so very much. Rest in peace and thank you for the gifts you gave this world by your being.
Gwyneth Iredale
July 3, 2018
Errol, you will be missed. For my birthday this year I am raising money for your canceragogo fund. God bless your soul.
Greta Bogrow
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