Robert “Bob” James Erickson, 85, of Sherman, New York, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, with family at his side.
He was born March 16, 1934, in Dunkirk, New York, the son of the late Robert and Alice Richmond Erickson.
Bob had been an elementary teacher at Chautauqua Central School for 33 years, where he was loved and respected by both his students and colleagues. He was always there for his friends to lend a hand doing various jobs with his Kubota.
He was a member of the Peacock Lodge #696 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Mayville, a lifetime member of the Chautauqua Fire Department where he gave over 60 years of service, and a member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
Bob was a star basketball player at his alma maters — Dunkirk High School and Fredonia State University — where his nickname was “Ace.” Bob had fond memories of his time coaching JV and Varsity basketball at CCS. He was a talented artist. He enjoyed being in the woods, fishing, hunting deer and turkey, wood working, riding in his golf cart, wood burning, and most of all, time with family.
Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a kind and thoughtful man to everyone. Bob had many wonderful friends and was always known to have a good joke.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Webber Erickson, whom he married Jan. 21, 1978, in Ripley, New York; two daughters, Janet “John” (Dale) Weatherlow and Susan “George” (Mark) Graziano; seven grandchildren: Ryan (Morgan) McChesney, Zach Weatherlow, Travis Fisher, Nick (Jen) Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Dylan and Dustin Graziano; two great-grandchildren: Blake and Sophia McChesney; one godchild; Kimberly Neal; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; a very special friend and neighbor, Dan Kelsey; and his faithful canine companion, Lewey.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Don Martin; a grandson, Joshua McChesney; and four sisters: Marilyn Mahany, Jean Mekus, Marge Delcamp, and Barbara Jane Erickson.
A Celebration of Life was held on May 3. Memorial donations can be made to the Chautauqua Fire department (PO Box F, Chautauqua, NY, 14722) or the Chautauqua Humane Society (2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY, 14701).