The following message is from the Office of Student Affairs:
The University community will gather this week to celebrate the life of one of its own, Robert “Bob” Ericson, a senior environmental science, from Fairfax, Virginia. The following events have been planned:
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m. A Colorful Remembrance, Ball Circle
As a prelude to the One Note Stand Memorial Concert, UMW students can participate in a balloon release in tribute to Bob. Balloons will be available in Ball Circle. Write a personal note for Bob and attach it to your balloon. After a moment of silence, the balloons will be released en masse.
Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 p.m. A Memorial Concert, Dodd Auditorium
The a cappella group, One Note Stand, will dedicate its concert to the memory of Bob, the group’s beloved bass singer. Admission to the concert is $1, with proceeds going to the Robert Ericson UMW Memorial Fund. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Eagles Nest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow and in Lee Hall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. They will also be for sale at the door, starting at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014, 11 a.m. Funeral, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke, Virginia
Buses for students have been arranged, leaving from the Anderson Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. with loading at 9 a.m. Students who wish to attend the funeral need make appropriate arrangements with their professors and sign up by contacting the Office of Student Activities and Engagement, 540/654-1061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob’s family has shared this obituary:
Bob Ericson, a senior environmental science major at the University of Mary Washington, died unexpectedly on Good Friday. His love of the outdoors began in the creeks and trails of Virginia and followed him cross-country on family camping trips. As an Eagle Scout, he led his troop on two back-country treks at Philmont Scout Ranch. Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, Bob played varsity football at W. T. Woodson high school. An avid rower, he participated in crew at Woodson and inspired teammates as captain of the NCAA men’s team at UMW. He developed his a cappella talent as a member of One Note Stand. Bob supported his girlfriend, Stephanie Preston, in student government and both participated in Relay for Life on campus.
Bob is survived by father Robin, mother Rebecca, brothers Jonathan (Joy), David (Sarah), and Douglas (Carolyn), grandmother Marjorie Cochrane, seven nephews, a niece, and a large extended family. A public viewing will be held Thursday, April 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Community Covenant Church, 7018 Sydenstricker Road, Springfield, Virginia, where he was a member, with services on Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke, Virginia. A reception will follow in Bob’s Picnic Grove at Community Covenant at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert (Bob) Ericson UMW Memorial Fund or Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).