Errol Cross McDowell
January 19, 2000- June 13, 2018
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 Canceragogo.com
, a charity conceived of by Errol, seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy. View the online memorial for Errol Cross McDowell