Harold Erickson, 84
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SCARBOROUGH -- Harold Erickson, 84, of Portland, passed away on April 10, 2013, after a short period of severe illness.
Harold was born fourth of seven children in Waterville on Aug. 26, 1928, to parents Albert and Florence Erickson. The family moved south and as a young boy, Harold attended Presumpscot and Cummings schools in Portland and is a graduate of Portland High with the Class of 1948.
Harold loved sports and played football at PHS as #20, baseball as #70 and boxed during 1948 and 1949 as a member of the Golden Gloves. Harold played baseball with the Twilight League at Payson Field from 1945 to 1958 on Team Harris Oil. In his later years, Harold and friends played golf every season at the Riverside Municipal Golf Course where among eagles, birdies, and some that just got away, he golfed a 'Hole in One' on #13.
Harold worked 40 years with the Maine Central Railroad and in 1988 was recognized by the United Transportation Union (UTU) GO 529 for untiring service and dedication as General Chairman for 28 years on the Maine Central-Portland Terminal. Harold believed with all his being that Unions are necessary for all workers. He worked tirelessly for transportation workers and others, constantly vigilant for workers rights, standing with the UTU, battling to strengthen and keep fair laws in place, and building participation of workers.
A member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, in 1969 the Brotherhood merged with others into the UTU and the voice of workers grew louder. Harold was there and he believed that giving workers a voice on the job not only makes a better life for all workers, but builds stronger neighborhoods and communities around us and across our great nation.
Fighting for the rights of workers ran through his veins and at the local level whether you were with Harold - or against him, walked before him, walked beside him, or walked in his footsteps along with the UTU; lives were changed for the better. Then and now, Leadership in the UTU continue to help transportation and its workers function at a high level for all; in our towns, our cities, our states, and our country.
Harold was a Master Freemason and lifetime member of The Deering Grand Lodge #183. As his illness progressed he
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thought of his friends and family often and greatly missed not only golfing but his Friday night gatherings. As quick as Harold and his lovely wife Louise swung across the dance floor to the rock and roll music, an illness struck him down.
Harold was predeceased by brother Albert Junior and two sisters, Ruth and Madeline. Harold is survived by sister Mildred (Mickey) Churchill, brothers, Richard (Dicky) and Maurice (Bucky); and by many nieces, nephews and grandchildren in the Churchill and Erickson families. Harold is survived by mother-in-law Beatrice Chase; wife Louise Bell-Erickson; and Louise's brother Fred Chase and wife Diana. Harold was predeceased by Robert Chase; surviving is Robert's wife Elizabeth. Harold was predeceased by step-son Robert Bell; surviving are Robert's wife Kathleen and Harold's grandchildren, Steve and Samantha. Harold is survived by step-daughter residing in Texas, Carol Black and grandchildren, Kari Lyn and James, and predeceased grandson Robert Black. He is survived by step-son Richard Bell and grandchildren, Kala and Kaitlyn, residents of California; and step-son Russell Bell, also California. A wish of special mention to local close relatives; step-daughter, Peggy Bell; and his special grandchildren, Kyle and Corina; and predeceased grandson, Nathaniel Charles.
As family who loved him and knew him best, we must convey: 'What a fighter you shared your life with.'
Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 3-5 p.m., at Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A Ritualistic Masonic service will be held at 4:30 p.m. with the Deering Lodge officiating. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 5 p.m., with the Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign Harold's guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to:
The Gosnell Memorial
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763