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Obituary: Roy A. Erickson, 94, of Southbury

Roy A. Erickson was a world class speed skating champion. Locally, his family members are from Bethlehem and Woodbury and he worked at Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Danbury.

 

Roy Arnold Erickson was born on November 6, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Swedish immigrants. He died on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at his residence, the .

He came to Connecticut from Long Island, N.Y., in 1965, and resided in Ridgefield. He subsequently lived in Sandy Hook before coming to Southbury.

He was a graduate of Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was employed, most recently, as a manufacturing engineer by the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in Danbury, until his retirement in approximately 1980.

Erickson was a world class speed skating champion who won countless medals and major trophies from Silver Skates Champion in 1940 through the Race of Champions in 1946.

His love of sports often found him actively engaged on the four-wall handball courts, and later in life, the indoor racket ball courts. He also thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf.

Erickson had an ear for music, having played trumpet and baritone horn in his earlier years, later playing the piano. He attained the level of life master, a distinctive accomplishment in the world of bridge, and ran duplicate bridge games in Ridgefield for many years.

His is survived by his daughter, Lynn Erickson of Center Conway, N.H., and granddaughter Amy Carrier of Georgetown, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Virginia Erickson of Bethlehem; grandson and his wife, Kyle and Kelly Erickson of Ashland, Mass.; granddaughter and her husband, Cari and James Brandt of Woodbury; and great-granddaughters Paige and Karli Brandt.

Calling Hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. North, Southbury.

Services:  A private burial will take place on Saturday, March 24.

Cemetery: Not applicable

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice, in his name, would be most appreciated by the family.

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