Eric Walz
WALZ, Eric Eric Walz died suddenly in Austin, Texas on May 5, 2019. Everyone who knew Eric remembers his smile, laugh, kindness, and joy in music. He was a strong advocate for equality, justice, and the arts. Eric grew up in Richmond Virginia and was a graduate of the Richmond Public Schools and Virginia Commonwealth University. In Austin, Eric enjoyed a life of teaching, playing music, and his work. Eric is deeply missed by his parents Michele and Stephen, his partner Samantha, his sisters Maura and Caroline, extended family, and his large community of friends, colleagues, band mates, and students. His spirit enriched and in turn was enriched by them. The Walz family would like to thank the staff of South Austin St. David's Medical Center, TOSA, and the Austin Police for their care. Eric's family would like his legacy to be that as many children as possible learn to love music. Anyone who wishes to help extend that legacy can donate to Austin Soundwaves through the Hispanic Alliance: https://thehispanicalliance.org/donate.
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Published by Austin American-Statesman on May 19, 2019.
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My condolences to the Family, Caroline you and yours are in our prayers and thoughts. Peace and Blessings
Patrick Beverly
May 24, 2019
Eric Walz was my friend, and a great man. I was in a band with him some years back, him on trombone, me on bass guitar. We had a lot of fun playing music together. Eric Walz was a music teacher. Practically all he ever wanted to talk about was how much he loved teaching and how much he loved his students. Plenty of kids were inspired to become musicians because of Eric Walz. I'm going to keep using his full name because he should be REMEMBERED. The obituary mentions that Eric Walz was a strong believer in equality and justice. After the band ended, I got heavily involved in direct action and activism. Eric Walz was always supportive of that, and would always talk with me about what was going on with that and what I was doing. Eric Walz was a great man. Taken FAR too soon. I hope I can find some way to honor his memory.
Nick Caccamisi
May 22, 2019
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