FISHKILL - John E. Ericson, 76, died peacefully at his family home in Fishkill, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
"Jack" was born on March 29, 1941, in Port Chester, to John and Emily Ericson.
He studied voice and music at Potsdam Crane School of Music and began teaching music in Penn Yan. He then returned to Port Chester to teach music at the high school where he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Nethercott.
They moved to Wappingers Falls to raise their children, Christopher and Karin. Jack taught music in the WCSD for more than 20 years, as well as swimming lessons in his backyard pool.
His beautiful baritone voice graced many church services from New Rochelle to Poughkeepsie including the wedding of his son, Christopher to Bonnie Hall. He could often be heard "checking the acoustics" of auditoriums, cafeterias, hallways, ski slopes and his garden with an excerpt from "La Boheme" or "Carousel."
He and Nancy retired from teaching and moved to Roxbury, where he sang in several church groups.
"J.J." then received his PSIA Level 1 certification and taught skiing at Belleayre Mountain for almost 20 years. He made many friendships there and enjoyed his ski trips out West with his ski buddies. He and Nancy enjoyed yearly vacation trips in Cape Cod to visit lifelong friends and fish. He made friends at every stop and seemed to be "The Mayor" everywhere.
John was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Barbara. He lost his beloved wife, Nancy, on April 26, 2014.
He is survived by his loving family, son, Christopher and wife, Bonnie; grandchildren, Zachary Ericson and fiancée, Megan Flaherty, Tyler Ericson, Eliza Ericson; daughter, Karin Ericson and partner, Erik Harkins; caregiver, Lorna McDougal; and his four grand-pups.
John is also survived by his brother-in-law, Anthony Saracini and wife, Laurie; niece, Celeste Ivan and her three sons, Scott Ivan, Dillon Ivan and his wife, Ally, and Brendan Ivan.
More than anything, he loved his family and many friends. He cherished the time he had with them, especially the grandchildren. He touched many lives on his journey and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dutchess County Hospice.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church, Roxbury, with the Rev. Richard A. Dykstra officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Published on January 8, 2018