June 10, 2023

Funeral for Robert (Bob) Ericson

The following message is from the Office of Student Affairs:

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 sae@umw.edu.

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).