Carl Everett Arthur Erickson, of Berlin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89. Upon hearing the news that his cancer had returned, he responded “I’ve had a good run.”
Ev was born in New Britain in 1928, the son of the late Erick Erickson and Emily (Johnson) Erickson. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1945 and went on to graduate from Bryant College, where he studied accounting. A veteran, Ev served in the Navy near the end of World War II. Based in Virginia, he was a logistical expert, helping bring personnel and equipment back to the U.S. following the end of the war. After leaving the military, Ev spent his career in the local banking industry, working for many years at Hartford Federal Savings and Loan, and later at First Federal Savings, where he retired in 1993.
But the most important thing for Ev was his family. He married the love of his life, Louise (Borg) Erickson, in 1952, and they were married for more than 54 years. Together they enjoyed traveling (to places including Hawaii and Bermuda), camping trips with friends and family, card games and dinners (including all things seafood, which was Ev’s favorite). And then came their true joy - their children - Jeff Erickson of Berlin, Kurt Erickson of Farmington, and Amy Erickson, of Mansfield, Mass. As a family, they loved trips to Cape Cod (including Sundae School, Mildred’s and Thompson’s Clam Bar, the beach and car rides that bored the kids to tears). Ev introduced the kids to sports, including golf, as well as music, and always encouraged them to try something new. He made the kids roll with laughter at his Donald Duck impressions, and loved spending time putting together intricate puzzles. Their home was the gathering spot for family cookouts, holidays and birthday celebrations. Friends were always welcome, and Ev had a wide circle, including his bowling league, the guys’ lunch bunch (while the “girls” played bridge) and the gang from Wethersfield. A favorite tradition was making the annual Christmas Eve sill (pickled herring) for the Swedish smorgasbord, with Donald Bradley and A.W. Carlson.
He enjoyed watching the UConn women’s basketball team and the many trips to Europe with Amy (including Italy, Sweden, France, Spain and Iceland), where he always made sure to have a large bowl of seafood.
Ev is predeceased by his wife, Louise; his brother, Norman Erickson; and his nephew, Erick Erickson. Besides his three children, Ev is survived by five grandchildren, Dan (and his fianceé Allison Thurston), Lauren, T.J., Samantha and Ellie; his sister-in-law, Barbara Erickson; two daughters-in-law, Gail Erickson and Robin Erickson; his cousin, Susan Turner; and his nephews, Kendall, Bruce, Dale and Paul Hambidge. The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale Farmington and McLean Hospice & Palliative Care for their loving care of Ev.
There are no formal services and burial will be private. The family invites friends to gather to celebrate and share memories of Ev on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Baltic Restaurant, 237 New Britain Road in Kensington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd #4B, Southington, CT 06489. The Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com .