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Erik Harri Jalovaara

Erik Harri Jalovaara, 45, of Pacifica, CA, died unexpectedly at home December 18, 2020. He was born in Queens, NY on April 16, 1975 to parents Harri and Rosemary, "Mudder & Fadder".

Erik graduated from Terra Nova High School, class of 1993. After graduation he toured the world under the sponsorship of skateboard companies Anti-Hero, Spitfire, Independent, Real, and many others. In 2004, he advanced in the electrical field and continued the trade until his final days. An avid outdoorsman, Erik thrived on lengthy coastal treks finding solace among "the sticks."

A loyal friend to all, Erik's true legacy is skateboarding. Erik loved skateboarding to his core. The triumphs, the pain, and the skateboarding family he built over 30+ years. His raw, natural talent was legendary. He had a unique vision that translated to a creative style and lines that were all his own.

He kept it pure and humble, brushing off recognition at the risk of tying his passion to a paycheck. He acted locally advocating for parks and poured his blood, sweat, and tears into building things to share with all skaters. Through it all he made friends coast to coast and across continents; you knew he had your back absolutely.

It would be easy to build a long list of the gnarliest things Erik's done over the years, but anyone who skated with him knows he contributed to the sport most by pushing everyone around him. He was happiest when hyping someone up and see skaters challenge themselves to a new level. He naturally mentored kids by rolling with them and showing how it's done. He could intuitively pick out the kids who needed skateboarding to escape or fill some gap in their lives, giving them special attention, wheels, stickers or whatever they needed to feel good about coming back to skate.

Erik was also a standing figure among the recovery community, extending his hand for those who asked for help. He became known for his "detox hikes" that were hilarious and brutal, helping others sweat it out before checking in to rehabilitate.

Above all else, Erik was an open soul with a generous heart and adventurous spirit. He lived life to the brim and loved fearlessly. The first to ensure others' well being with an unequivocal loyalty, those closest to him attest to his remarkable care taking ability and concern for others.
His influence is immeasurable and his legacy will live on through so many people.

He was predeceased by his father Hari Kalervo Jalovaara, 8/14/41 - 12/1/20, survived by his mother Rosemary Jalovaara, dear friends and loved ones, and countless skateboarders around the world.

In remembrance of Erik, donations can be made to the Henry Ohlhoff House:

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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February 6, 2021
My kids & I just went hiking in the Big Trees in Pescadero Creek with him a few months ago & were supposed to go skating soon but he got hurt pretty good.....
We met in 1991 and skated for K-9 wheels and Think skateboards. He was incredible. Never boasting. Humble. He had that fire
Recently he had a Resurgence & was Killing it like a 20 year old. He was hiking, camping, mentoring younger skaters, & being the Dope Friend he has always been to us ALL.
LIFE is too short.
I pray Both him & his Dad are no longer suffering & are at complete Peace & Harmony.
"Until we meet again Eric, I love you,will miss you, & Thank You for the Memories & Brotherhood"
Jeff H.Chamley
Jeff Vaughn
January 20, 2021
Get out of his way!
January 19, 2021
I taught Erik many years ago, when he first arrived in Pacifica, and was familiar with both his tenacity and his wit. I'm pleased to learn he grew into an outstanding mentor and man. I respect his legacy.
Ellen Supple
January 19, 2021
I feel so incredibly lucky that I’m someone who got to know Erik & experience life with him in the capacity that I did. I was basically his main skateboard sticker beneficiary & also someone he looked out for like only a big brother would. One of the last times we spoke he warned me of some strange man outside of QuikStop & told me to proceed with caution because I’m known to frequent that store & he didn’t like the looks of that guy. Who will warn me about weirdo lurkers in front of my local convenient store now? Sighhhhh. He was truly one of a kind!
So incredibly brilliant, yet absolutely humble... dry & hilarious... completely avant-garde yet extremely practical... & definitely as cool as they possibly come. I’ll forever be in debt to his kindness & will carry the memory of his laughter with me for always. My entire heart & sincere gratitude goes out to his wonderful mudder for raising such a remarkable man that I am so proud to say was my lifelong friend. What we’re gonna do without him I do not know, but here we are & so far it’s been absolutely awful! He will definitely be missed constantly in every possible way, this much everyone can be sure of! I just hope he’s free of all mortal pain & preferably skateboarding on a star with his pops practicing archery on another star close by. Sigh. Huge hugs to everyone out there that’s hurting like me. We were all insanely lucky to ever have a friend like Eric Jay was to absolutely everybody he loved.

Thanks for being the bestest booger brudder a super grom kid seester could ever ask for, EJ!!!! Please make sure to totally take it sleazy and definitely Rest In Peace, dearly beloved Aries. You always had my back & I’ll def always have yours, too... this is me promising you so in print! Smell ya later & please give the snort master Sargent of Slobber some extra firm pats on his bum for me, k? Hope heaven has an extra dope skatepark sans any kooky fruit booters, but if there are some creeping up there, you’ll know exactly what to do... Ugh, already miss you hella much, but Ciao for now to my forever bro bae!

❤ #143 #emb4life #WWEJD
Missy Meyers
January 18, 2021
Dearest Rosemary...we are so sorry for your loss...much love, many hugs and prayers...❤
Fred & Mary Kay Metzger
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