ONDERWATER email@example.com_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-11 published
SODERMAN, Eric Charles
Eric passed away peacefully at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora, Ontario October 30, 2006 following a courageous six year battle with cancer. Despite many setbacks Eric always maintained his quick wit and his resolve to share more time with loved ones. Eric was born in Toronto on November 16, 1953. He spent his early years in London Ontario, graduating from the University of Western Ontario with degrees in Geology and Education. Many summers growing up were spent in Minaki on the Winnipeg River and his passion for the north led him to fulfill his dream of raising his family there. Eric was a gifted teacher, musician, outdoorsman, hockey player, herbalist, dog trainer, craftsman and poet. He was a man that had the "common touch" accepting everyone he met. Eric taught in Ferland, Whitedog, Whitefish Bay, Rat Portage, and Kenora. His patience, story telling and humour made him a very special teacher who made a difference in many lives of both young and old. Known as Soddy, music was one of his passions. From teaching his children, to playing guitar in a succession of bands he always took his music and his audience seriously. He dressed for the occasion and gave each performance his all even in the midst of his painful illness. The most important thing in Eric's life was his family and their love sustained him. Eric was predeceased by his father Lawrence, and his step-father Gerry BROWN. He is survived by his wife Vickie (née TANNER,) son Kristopher and daughter Holly. Sharing their grief are his mother Carolyn BROWN (Paul ONDERWATER,) his brothers Mark (Sue) and Kristopher (Wendy) and a large extended family of relatives and Friends. A celebration of Eric's Life was held November 4, 2006 in Kenora. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora Ontario.
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