Harold Ericsson
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6/10/25 - 1/23/21 Harold C. Ericsson, 95, passed away at his home in Harbor City on January 23, 2021. He was born to Harold J. and Berniece Ericsson on June 10, 1925 in San Pedro, CA. Harold was a 1944 graduate of San Pedro High School, whose education was interrupted by World War II. He was part of a war program which allowed him to complete his education while preparing for war. He served in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. While growing up in San Pedro, Harold explored and camped along the coastline and was part of the Sea Scouts organization. Throughout his life, he paddled thousands of miles in a canoe; most trips a week or two off the grid. He was an avid bird watcher. His bird journals reflect hundreds of different birds he identified throughout his life. An active photographer, he always had a camera at hand. Many of his photographs reveal his keen sense of humor and sense of irony. Sailing was a great hobby for many years; the primary destination being Catalina Island. Extremely well read, Harold was knowledgeable on many topics. Having an insatiable sense of curiosity, he regularly researched topics he wanted to learn more about. Harold had a long career as a longshoreman and member of ILWU Local 13, retiring in 1989 as a crane operator. His ILWU number was 3-2045. Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ericsson, who passed away October 20, 2020, and by his grandson, SSG Bryan Black, USA. He is survived by his children, Robert Ericsson, Karen Ericsson Black (Henry), and Christy Ericsson Hedesa; his grandchildren, Jason Black, Jason Hedesa, SGT Travis Hedesa, USA, and Conner Ericsson. He also leaves behind 4 great grandchildren, and Shirley's daughters and family.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 16, 2021.
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March 30, 2021
This is in regard to Harold:

In reflection, I first ran across this man when I was living out at the Indian Ranch which would be around 1984/1985 or there about. I was out in front of my trailer under the veranda having a nice cool beer on a hot summer day and thinking about going for a dip in the swimming pool there when I noted a rustling of the birds and saw that they were flying in all directions. In the midst of the commotion, I noticed a strange looking apparition lurking among the trees and brush. It was a canvas home-built, camouflage-covered, stand-up sort of a box with a black hole in it. It was just sitting there. The box remained in one spot for perhaps 2 minutes when all of a sudden it moved!
Well what the heck was that, I thought as I had another pull off a cool beer. Was I seeing things or what? Perhaps I needed another beer, I thought as I promptly got one. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that there were two legs showing underneath the box which stopped suddenly as if it knew I had spotted it. The box turned out to be Mr. Ericsson who I aptly named “Birdman” for he was the culprit in the box on that hot summer day. You see, he was out doing his favorite thing which was to photograph birds; thus the name.

Birdman will be missed by all of his desert pals, both deceased and those who are living. Birdman appeared in many of the stories that I have written in regards to the Panamint Valley, namely Indian Ranch and Ballarat, CA.

Our condolences to Harold's family, as we knew him well...

Patrick and Jenny Hannan

Patrick Hannan...aka Packrat
March 23, 2021
I met Hal in 1975. He was a friend of my husband Rick Streiff, a fellow longshoreman. Hal was one of 3 longshoreman I met that Rick was friends with. Hal led us on a canoe trip down the Green River in Utah along with 3 father and son sets. Hal had the moniker Captain 6-Pack. How or why I don’t know but he had made this trip many times before so he was definitely our Captain. The trip was very memorable with excitement, adventure and fun.
It is so true that he had an insatiable curiosity and I was lucky to meet him. He was exceptional.
Diane Sharples
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