This photo was taken at the first Grind City Meetup last year in Tennessee. I’ve only known Eric for almost 2 years and it seems like forever ago when I first met him, he’s the tall one there in the middle with the blue shirt. He was always so welcoming and positive, he didn’t have a bad bone in him nor did he have anything bad to say about anyone. He made a decision a few years ago that he wanted to make a positive impact in people’s lives, to build them up instead of tearing them down and he lived up to it. He was someone we should all thrive to be.
He loved exploring abandoned buildings as much as I did. I spent all past Friday exploring with him. We checked out an abandoned funeral home where he told me that is was probably the greatest abandonment he’s ever been in. I’ll never forget the look of amazement he had the whole time.
Later that night, we were talking about the difference between acquaintances and friends and that he considered me a good friend. The next day, a friend and I were coming back from Iowa and got phone signal as we started getting near Chicago. That’s when I got the news that Eric had fallen from a roof to his death.
It hurts to hear that he spoke so positive about me to everyone because I’ve lost a truly great friend, and the world lost a great man.
Eric enjoyed writing from his heart and what was on his mind. Some considered him a poet. I’ll leave you with one of his writings. Rest easy brother. You will always be loved and remembered by the many people who’s lives you’ve impacted.
“What is friendship? Hard to put a solid definition on it but generally friends treat other with care, respect and consideration. They try to follow through with expectations they set and when they can’t, they make amends and try yo make it right. Friends take all shapes and sizes and come from all walks of life. When you find a good friend – cherish that friendship and work to keep it solid. Because at the end of the day, our friendships define who we are.” -Eric http://ift.tt/2gxejOR