George Carl George Ericson died of Parkinson’s Disease at The Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Feb. 10, 2013. Carl was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on March 15, 1937.
He is survived by his wife, Penny, his four children: Braxton (Heidi Manzar) and Gregory (Nicole O’Bryne) of Fredericton; Juliana of London, England; Brian (Casey Ericson) of Yarmouth, Maine and his five grandchildren: Jacob, Kyle, Alexandra, Zachary, and Harper Ericson. He is also survived by his sister, Lee Krein (Bill Krein) of Quechee, VT and his brother-in-law Stanley King Jr. (Linda Waters) of Oakton, VA, and honorary family member Mary Saunders (George Saunders) of Mount Hope, NB.
Carl earned a PhD. from Queen Mary College (University of London, England). He moved from San Diego, California in 1966 to become a member of the History Department at the University of New Brunswick where he taught English Legal History, The History of The Tudor and Stuart, as well as, The History of Music. He retired from UNB in 1999.
Carl’s avocation has always been music. He minored in music at the Eastman School of Music at The University of Rochester where he earned his Bachelors Degree. He augmented his knowledge of music as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Although an organ scholar in his youth, he spent the majority of his life singing tenor. He studied with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) for three summers and later moved to join The New Philharmonia Chorus in London, England. In NB, he spent eight years singing with the chorus in Lameque at the International Baroque Music Festival. In Fredericton, he was a steadfast member of the choir of Christ Church Cathedral. Carl’s commitment to music included service with Community Concerts, Music on the Hill, and the NB Summer Music Festival.
Carl was an Officer of the Venerable Order of St. John and was awarded the St. John Ambulance Long Service Medal, as well as, the Queen Elizabeth Gold Jubilee Medal in 2003. He enjoyed the fellowship of The Fredericton Garrison Club and The Golden Club.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, his physician, Dr. Kevin Christie, and Oli Surgenor, Jason Rudy and Andrew Cutler who helped Carl attain the strength he needed to maintain health with Parkinson’s Disease for as long as possible.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York St., on Friday, February 15th, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 2 pm with The Very Reverend Keith Joyce officiating. For those who wish, donations in Carl’s memory can be made to the Ericson Nursing Scholarship at UNB, Christ Church Cathedral Choir or the Music Program at Charlotte Street Art Centre.