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Official Obituary of: R. Scott Erickson, 64, on May 5, 2023

R. Scott Erickson, 64, on May 5, 2023

PLAINVILLE – R. Scott Erickson, 64, of Plainville passed away on May 5, 2023 at Hope Health and Hospice in Providence, RI after a courageous battle with lung cancer. 

Born in Attleboro on September 23, 1958, he was the son of the late Robert J. and Barbara E. (Fowler) Erickson. 

Scott grew up in North Attleboro and was a 1976 graduate of North Attleboro High School. 

He owned and operated his own Auto Body Shop, Custom Revival, from 1976 to 1982. He was a call firefighter for the town of North Attleboro from 1976 to 1979 when he became a full-time firefighter with the North Attleboro Fire Department. He moved up the ranks from Lieutenant to Captain and then to Deputy Chief. While on the NAFD, he was very involved with the SAFE program and the NA Firefighter’s Kids Day Association. In 1998 he began a career with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, where he was a Senior Field Advisor, Logistics Management Directorate until his passing. It is with FEMA where he traveled all over the country to aid with the devastations brought on by natural disasters and the global pandemic. Early on, he spent many months at Ground Zero as a Logistics Chief during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. 

When he wasn’t traveling for work, he enjoyed traveling with his children visiting places such as Disney Land, Nashville, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Lake Michigan and the Space Needle. Scott also loved antiquing, collecting fire memorabilia and renovating homes which included helping his children with projects in their homes. He was a Patriot’s fan and enjoyed camping with his friends and family especially the annual Labor Day weekend trip. Scott enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.

Scott is survived by his 4 children: Jarred Erickson and his wife Hannah of North Attleboro; Kaleigh Erickson of North Attleboro; Shayna Erickson and Matt Wise of North Attleboro; Ronelle Erickson-Simonelli and her husband Steve of Plainville. His 4 grandchildren: Noelle, Jameson, Walker and Gavin. His siblings: Kenneth and Lori Erickson of Gilford, NH; Kimberly and Rick Morin of North Attleboro; Gary Erickson of North Attleboro; Julie Erickson and Andy Grant of Attleboro; the mother of his children, Lori Erickson of Plainville; and longtime companion Sandy Gross of Cumberland, as well as aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Visitation, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held in the Sperry McHoul Funeral Home on Monday, May 15, 2023 from 4pm to 7 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral Home on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11 a.m.  Burial will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott’s name to Hope Health and Hospice, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or North Attleboro Firefighter’s Kids Day Association, P.O. Box 3215, North Attleboro MA 02761

 

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  • Sending my sincere condolences to the Erickson Children and their families!  I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. 

  • My deepest condolences to the Erickson family and grief at this loss to the FEMA Logistics family. It was my pleasure and privilege to work along side Scott to serve those in need during what may have been the lowest point of their lives. Scott loved serving humanity, and exuded a profound “caring” spirit! We were side-by-side during 911 in NY City and it was there I saw his passion for what he did!  

  • Please accept our deepest condolences during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, may Scott rest in peace. The Pilling family. 

  • It is with a heavy heart looking now on the many memories with Scott, that his friendship and brotherhood are forever with me.  Scott was always there to help, finding the ways when so much uncertainty, and bringing creativity when most needed.  Scott took the challenges, showed confidence, and encouraged so many building themselves and then others.  Scott’s everlasting optimism to make it better, enduring friendship across the years and changes, and brotherhood together carrying out and looking out for each other, are and continue to be what makes so much difference in so many.

  • In memory of a terrific FEMA employee, a true mentor, and a dedicated friend… your contributions to this Nation will never be forgotten. May you rest in Peace.  With my deepest condolences to the family,

  • Sincere Condolences to the Family and Scott’s fellow workmates, past and present.  Scott was a great guy.  May he Rest in Peace. – David Robbins, FEMA.

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  1. Sincere Condolences to the Family and Scott’s fellow workmates, past and present.  Scott was a great guy.  May he Rest in Peace. – David Robbins, FEMA.

  2. In memory of a terrific FEMA employee, a true mentor, and a dedicated friend… your contributions to this Nation will never be forgotten. May you rest in Peace.  With my deepest condolences to the family,

  3. It is with a heavy heart looking now on the many memories with Scott, that his friendship and brotherhood are forever with me.  Scott was always there to help, finding the ways when so much uncertainty, and bringing creativity when most needed.  Scott took the challenges, showed confidence, and encouraged so many building themselves and then others.  Scott’s everlasting optimism to make it better, enduring friendship across the years and changes, and brotherhood together carrying out and looking out for each other, are and continue to be what makes so much difference in so many.

  4. Please accept our deepest condolences during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, may Scott rest in peace. The Pilling family. 

  5. My deepest condolences to the Erickson family and grief at this loss to the FEMA Logistics family. It was my pleasure and privilege to work along side Scott to serve those in need during what may have been the lowest point of their lives. Scott loved serving humanity, and exuded a profound “caring” spirit! We were side-by-side during 911 in NY City and it was there I saw his passion for what he did!  

  6. Sending my sincere condolences to the Erickson Children and their families!  I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. 

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