Today makes two years since we lost Eric Sawyer so unexpectedly. His passing was a shock then and it’s still difficult to accept.
I wanted to take a few minutes to remember him (if I close my eyes, I can still hear his laugh) and to send love to his parents, Brian and Caroline, his sister Michelle and her family, his brothers Ronel, Peter and Richard, and his thousands of friends in the Bahamas and around the world.
For those who have asked, a Celebration of Life Service for Eric Sawyer will be held at Green Turtle Cay’s New Plymouth Gospel Chapel this Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. The family asks that you wear something blue, since it was Eric’s favourite colour.
Over the past few days, many of us who knew Eric Sawyerhave wondered how best to celebrate and memorialize this beautiful and loving soul.
To honour Eric and his family, long-time Green Turtle Cay visitor and Sawyer family friend, Chelise Brodtmann Benvenutti, has launched the Eric Sawyer Memorial Fund, which will benefit Abaco’s Every Child Counts (ECC.)
If you knew Eric, you know how much school meant to him. Though he attended Green Turtle Cay’s Tiny Turtles preschool, local primary schools wouldn’t admit him because they didn’t feel able to accommodate a child with Down Syndrome.
Eric wanted so badly to attend school with the other kids that he would sit on his front steps every day, lunchbox in hand.
My heart, like so many others, was shattered this morning when I learned that Green Turtle Cay’s Eric Sawyer, passed away unexpectedly last night.
Eric was the most joyful soul I have ever known. He was kind and funny and gregarious, and had more friends than any of us could count.
He kept careful track of birthdays and hand-made cards for family and friends. With his funny Facebook photos and comments, and updates about his favourite TV show, “Girl meets World”, he made us laugh.
Eric was a long-time Special Olympian who trained and competed in both bocce and track and field. He loved to travel, and just this past week returned from his annual Buddy Cruise.