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March 4, 1967 - April 21, 2021 Eric Scott Craven, 54, died 4/21/21 peacefully at home in Tampa, FL surrounded by his wife and children, following a 9 year battle with ALS. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on May 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at South Tampa Fellowship, 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL, and live-streamed at www.stfchurch.com/online. Friends and loved ones are invited to a catered lunch reception at the church immediately following the memorial celebration to visit with the family. Eric was born in Washington DC, however, he spent all but the first two years of his childhood in Southern California, including graduating from North High School, Torrance, in 1985, UCLA in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, in 1992, and USC Master's in Engineering Management in 1995 and MBA in 1998. Eric worked at Northrop-Grumman in the Engineering department out of high school and throughout attaining his undergraduate and both master's degrees - working primarily on the B-2 Bomber, F-18 fighter jet, and 747 JetLiner. He left California in 1998 living two years in Boca Raton, FL working for then start-up, AutoNation finally settling in the Northeast working for PepsiCo as SVP Compensation and Benefits Worldwide through 2015 while living in New Fairfield, CT; Wilton, CT; and Speculator, NY. An avid sports fan, Eric was so happy this year to have his beloved LA Dodgers win the World Series, his Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup and to enjoy seeing live his Tampa Bay Bucs win at the Super Bowl! Thanks to a generous gift from PepsiCo, he was able to reunite with several old friends and family in living out his lifetime dream of visiting all 30 MLB parks for a game and a hotdog, prior to passing. He was an extremely generous man who served on several boards, donated privately impacting many local charities, and enjoyed spending time with many young adults as a career mentor. Eric met the love of his life, Claire Helene Nicholson, in 1993 at the Torrance OktoberFest and they'd been together ever since, recently celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary. Eric was also so very proud to be survived by his three amazing children: Son, 2ndLt David Scott Craven (24), USMC Infantry Officer, 29 Palms, CA; Daughter Amanda Elaine Craven (22), First Year Medical School Student at SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY; and Daughter Elizabeth Grace Craven (22), Technology Risk Consulting, Ernst & Young, Boston, MA. Eric is also survived by his mother, Judith Funkhouser of Kingman, AZ; brother, Robert Craven (Ernie), and uncle Thomas Wojcik (Carolyn) along with several cousins in AZ, CA, HI, and NJ. He was preceded in death by his loving Nana, Elaine Wojcik, Trenton, NJ, and Great Aunt, Grace Delaney, Santa Monica, CA. In lieu of flowers, Eric asked you to make a donation in his memory in support of the excellent care he received from Dr. Merit Cudkowicz and her team at Mass General ALS Clinic in Boston, MA giving.massgeneral.org/Healey EIN: 04-1564655 and/or Dr. Tuan Vu and his team at USF ALS Clinic in Tampa, FL https://usf.to/Craven EIN: 59-0879015 ALS is a horrible disease and we must find a cure, for this amazingly brilliant man, husband, father, and friend who was taken from us way too soon.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 25, 2021.
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May 10, 2021
Thinking of you, Claire. In the days to follow, may you be comforted by your many wonderful memories until you & Eric meet again.
Frances Wiencek Tierney
Friend
May 1, 2021
Eric you may have moved on to another world, but in this world you will always be there in our hearts and minds. We will miss you always. Rest In Peace my friend.
Shakti Jauhar
Friend
May 1, 2021
A great family man, business leader and dear friend. Taken from us way too early. My heart and prayers are with the Claire, David, Amanda and Elizabeth
Erik Sossa
Friend
April 30, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Deb and Joe Mackin
Coworker
April 28, 2021
You lived a life most people only dream about. God bless you, my friend.
Edward Carlos
Friend
April 25, 2021
Eric was a trusted colleague and friend, who you knew would always do the right thing. I’ll never forget his smile, and it was at its brightest whenever he spoke about his family - the most important thing in his life.

Eric - Rest In Peace my friend.

Prayers and comfort to Claire and the entire family.
Linda Reddy
Coworker
April 25, 2021
Eric was a great man. Rest In Peace Eric, my mentor, advocate, teacher and friend. You will be sorely missed.
Barbara Portal
Coworker
April 25, 2021
Eric was a trusted colleague and friend. I always loved talking about the Dodgers with him. His generously and kindness to all made him so special. Sending peace, comfort and cherished memories to Claire and the kids.
Andrea Ferrara
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April 24, 2021
Rest now, my friend. Your legacy lives on thought your beautiful, loving family. Until we meet again, m
maria sharpe
Coworker
April 24, 2021
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April 24, 2021
Eric was a good, courageous, and trustworthy man. He was kind, generous, and a pleasure to know. His Christian walk and life as a loving husband and father enabled him to leave an enduring legacy
Jeff Kreid
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April 24, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. What a beautiful family he helped create, and be so incredibly proud of. WE were blessed to get the chance to become friends with Eric, and enjoy happy times. Our thoughts, prayers and Love are always with you, The Cutlers
Maura Cutler
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