Russell G. Erikson, age 97

of Quincy

Russell G. Erikson, age 97

Russell G. Erikson, age 97, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Friday, January 17, 2020, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Russell was born in Quincy, to the late John A. and Anna (Gustafson) Erikson. He was raised and educated in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1940, where he was an outstanding hockey player. He later received an associate’s degree form Norwich University.

He was a well-known South Shore carpenter and was associated with his family’s construction business, the John A. Erikson and Sons Company of Quincy, for over fifty-five years.

Russell was a highly decorated World War II veteran. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot of a B-24 Liberator in the 44th Heavy Bombardment Group with the 8th Air Force. He participated in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes campaigns and flew thirty-three combat missions. He was a member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294 in Quincy.

He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Legion of Honor Medal from France.

Russell’s B-24 Liberator, “Louisiana Belle”, is preserved in a museum on Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was recently honored, along with thirty other World War II veterans, by the City of Quincy, on December 7th, the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in recognition of their sacrifice and dedicated service to our country.

Russell was an avid golfer and hockey fan. He enjoyed the Bruins and was a proud member of the Quincy High School Hockey Hall of Fame. As a young man, he was an excellent water skier.

He was a longtime active member of Saint Mary’s Parish in West Quincy.

Beloved husband for sixty-three years of the late Beverly M. (Johnson) Erikson.

Devoted father of Ronald S. Erikson and his wife Gloria of Marshfield, Russell D. Erikson and his wife Phyllis of Duxbury, Peter W. Erikson and his wife Anita of Arizona, Mark S. Erikson and Maureen Wilson of Cape Coral, Fla., Chris M. Erikson and his wife Karen of Winchester and Sheryl A. Erikson of Quincy.

He is survived by ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and was the grandfather of the late Molly McGilvray.

The last of three siblings, Russell was pre-deceased by Constance Johnson and John Stanley Erikson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Tuesday, January 21st at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Monday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with military honors at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Russell’s memory may be made to the Quincy High School Hockey Hall of Fame, Inc., 55 Lake Street, Braintree, MA 02184.

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  • Words cannot express the sorrow I feel. Warm hugs to all of you….

  • Best “adopted ” father ever! rest in peace Trouble, Love you.

  • Daddy Russ rest in peace You are now in heaven with your bride.Thanks for being a great adopted dad and friend Love you

  • Mr. Erickson ….I don’t believe you realize what an impact you had on my love of history!!! When I visited, it was difficult to leave.
    You were a fabulous teacher. You brought new perspective to the era during WWII. None of my history instructors could compare to you. It was a privilege to know you, and needless to say, I will never forget you. Most importantly, I will miss you, and our conversations.
    You are now in God’s embrace, and at peace.
    Abigail will miss Daddy, too ..💖💖

  • I always looked forward to my visits with you, Mr. Erickson. You were the BEST history instructor I ever had! Loved our conversations about the WWII era, and other aspects of history.
    I think you enjoyed our conversations, as much as I did.
    I felt privileged to have met you.
    I will miss you, dear one. Abigail will, too.
    To the Erickson family, I offer my heartfelt condolences. Your dad will be one of my unforgettable characters.

  • ” A brief candle; both ends burning
    An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
    A friend to share the lonesome times
    A handshake and a sip of wine
    So say it aloud and let it ring
    We are all a part of everything
    The future, present and the past
    Fly on proud bird
    You’re free at last.”
    Charlie Daniels

  • To a Good man, husband, father, Uncle n my love for hockey influence, I will cherish the memories.
    Memories of you teaching me how to ice skate n many others. You influenced me to carry on the love for hockey to my son, whom went on to play starter n back up goalie for Brockton High.
    I had the honor of taking care of one of your hockey buddies from when you use to play, he spoke highly of you n those days.
    To All my cousins and their families I send Love, Hugs, and Prayers.

  • Mr E. was a great guy and will be missed

  • My deepest sympathy Chris for you and your families loss. Your father sounds like a formidable man, I hope you find comfort in extraordinary life he lead and the cherished memories.