January 19, 2013
Born in Bellingham, Roy was the youngest child of his Swedish immigrant parents Agnes & Oscar Ericsson. He is survived by his wife, of 59 years, Carol; their children, Eric (Sheilah) & Lori Dorough (Scott); grandchildren Anna & Garrett Dorough; and numerous nieces & nephews & extended family who were all precious to him. Roys brother Eric & sister Betty Jewett preceded him in death.
Roy grew up in the York neighborhood, graduating from Bellingham HS in 1943. At age 18 Roy enlisted in the Navy, fulfilling his desire to serve his country. His ship, USS LSM-144, delivered troops, & supplies to battle sites throughout the Pacific. This experience molded his character forever; he was truly a member of Americas greatest generation. Upon discharge from the Navy, Roy came home to Bellingham, and graduated from Western Washington College of Education in 1950. In his early career Roy taught in the Marysville & Mt.Baker School Districts, but most of his 32 years as a teacher and counselor were spent in Bellingham schools (Sunnyland, Shuksan & Sehome HS).
In retirement, Roy & Carol traveled and explored our country. Upon returning, he declared that Lake Samish was the best of it all and here he remained, to share the joy of his lake with family and friends. He enjoyed the mountains, waters and islands of the Pacific Northwest. Most of all, he loved and cared for his family and othershe truly had a Heart of Gold.
The family expresses special gratitude to our hospice family of Nancy, Michelle, Hannah, & Lisa for their loving care of Roy & family. Heartfelt thanks also to the incredible staff at Hospice House for their care & support.
Farewell Tribute Information
At Roys request, there will be a private family committal service. Donations Information
Memorials may be made to the Bellingham Dollars for Scholars/ Roy & Carol Ericsson Scholarship which is a program of the Whatcom Community Foundation (reference the Ericsson Scholarship in the donation), or the Whatcom Hospice Foundation. Donations Links:
Whatcom Hospice Foundation
Whatcom Community Foundation