Eric, you passed on March 1, 2022, and your sudden death has broken our hearts, but you didn’t go alone, with the help of your angels you were guided home to be with our heavenly Father.
Our beloved Eric, son of William James Anderson and Miriam Pauline Devonish-Anderson, was born in Washington DC on August 23, 1963. The family later moved from Washington D.C. to Seattle, Washington and made their home near Seattle Arboretum. Eric attended Stevens Elementary, Eckstein Middle School and graduated from Garfield High School. Eric was a member of the Garfield Cross Country Track & Field team. He ran on the distance G-Squad 400/800/1500 middle distance. While at Garfield he was a member of the Changing Times and Creamers male dance troupe. Upon high school graduation, following in his father’s footsteps, he embarked on a lifelong career in road construction and retired from Local 302, 612 and Western Washington Laborers Union.
Affectionately known as Uncle E! He enjoyed people, music, dancing, and good food. One of his many nieces described Uncle E as, “Uplifting, and always in good spirits.” He had an outgoing personality. His upbeat nature inspired those when volunteering with the Special Olympics. He was a natural born helper, always willing to pitch in, didn’t wait to be asked, loving, outgoing personality, kindhearted, a giver and a consoler. He was adventurous and liked the outdoors. He was one of the early skateboard pioneers in his neighborhood. He was an avid bike rider. He enjoyed having fun with children and making them happy. Most importantly Eric loved his family and knew he was loved deeply. Eric was a strong and integral part of his family which included a large community of friends.
Eric is survived by his two children Karanja Anderson and Leia Anderson (Tijuan Israel); his devoted father and mother; siblings: Willy Anderson (Rahel Alemayehu), Melinda Spivey (Kevin Spivey), Michele Anderson (Randall Day) and Alicia Cole (Brian Cole). In addition, he leaves to mourn a host of nieces (19), nephews (17), cousins, aunts (5), and an uncle. Special acknowledgement to cousins who are like sisters Denise and Donna Perkins and his beloved Aunt Dorothy Perkins. His family spreads from Washington State, Washington D.C., South Carolina and all the way to the Republic of Panama.
Honorable mention to his beloved “Uncle Sherman” Perkins, who preceded Eric in death.
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