John C. Erickson, 93
He leaves a daughter, Joyce and her husband, Norman “Chuck” Danielson; two grandchildren, Mark and his wife, Dalila Danielson, and Karin and her husband, Michael Semizoglou; and a great-grandson, Pantelis I. (John) Semizoglou, all of Shrewsbury. He was predeceased by a brother, Evie Erickson of New York, and several cousins of the Flink family. He leaves Harold and Ralph Hellender, cousins residing in Orlando, Florida, along with several nieces and nephews and their children who live locally.
The family wants to offer a special thanks to Alex Ayala for all the compassionate care given to John during his last years.
John was born in Cambridge, son of John E. and Hulda M. (Flink) Erickson. He grew up on a farm in Taunton and lived in Concord, N.H. before moving to Worcester. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and proudly served his country on the USS Tarazed, sailing through the Mediterranean to Oran, Algeria and the Pacific Ocean.
He retired from the former Norton Company after many years as an HVAC technician.
John was a member of the Norton 25 Year Club and Norton Retiree Club. He was a Charter member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worcester, and served there in many capacities including Sunday School teacher, usher, Church Council member, and Property Committee member. John was a 50-year member of the Quinsigamond Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
John enjoyed boating, fishing, and auto races. He will be remembered as a friend to all, generous with his time to others, kind and compassionate. He loved spending time on Cape Cod hosting his family and enjoying friends. He lived his life with love, embracing new members to the family with open arms. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tease his immediate family members. Known as “Pop-Pop,” he will be deeply missed.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 11:00 a.m., in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester. Burial and calling hours are private. Nordgren Memorial Chapel, 300 Lincoln St., Worcester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester, MA 01609.
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