Alvin (Al) Lawrence Erickson passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Keedwell Assisted Living Center in Saskatoon. He took his last breath just after sunrise, amid a light rain, with his eldest daughter by his side. Al was born in Wadena, SK to Charles (Charley) and Daisy (Lane) Erickson, the fifth of their six children. He was raised on the family homestead near Wadena and attended Wolverton School, a one room country schoolhouse that was a mile-and-a-half trek by foot from home. In 1953 (age 14), he left school behind and boarded a train for Prince George, BC where he worked in a lumber camp with his older brothers, Ernie and Charlie. He later returned to the family farm to help with the crops and livestock. In 1956 (age 17), Al, Ernie, Charlie, and their friend Earl Leepart (who later married their sister Agnes) set out for Wiseton, SK where they worked as farmhands. Within a couple of years, Al met Sharon Felker, a Wiseton farmgirl who became the love of his life. The two were married on February 6, 1960 in Saskatoon. Al and Sharon spent their first few years between Milden, SK, where their daughters Karlene and Lorna were born, and Rosetown, SK, where their son Lorri-Dean was born. Between 1960 and 1968, Al worked as a mechanic and earned his journeyman certificate. After moving his young family to Saskatoon in 1966, he spent two years at Bridgeway Esso before gaining employment with International Harvester Company (IHC). Between 1968 and 2017, Al worked for IHC as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic and subsequently for G J Bell International Trucks as a salesman. Al was a talented mechanic. He could overhaul any engine or transmission on any make of car or truck. He loved fixing vehicles, driving them, and transporting trucks. Thanks to his mechanical expertise and his love of venturing to new places and meeting new people, he also excelled in sales. At home, Al was a devoted husband and father who instilled a strong work ethic in his children and taught them do things for themselves. He was an easygoing man who valued independence, self-sufficiency, and both giving and getting a good deal. He loved going to and hosting garage sales and shopping at Value Village. Both he and Sharon also valued their many close friends and neighbors with whom they enjoyed spending time, especially out on the deck in their gazebo on warm starry nights. In 2016, Al was heartbroken when both Sharon and Lorri-Dean passed away within five weeks of each other. He was also predeceased by his parents; father and mother-in-law, David and Isabel (Chambers) Felker; maternal half-brother, Robert (Bob) Clarkson and Bob’s first wife Agnes; maternal half-brother, Harold William (Bill) Clarkson and Bill’s wife Grace; brother, Charles (Charlie) Erickson; sister, Evelyn and her husband Tom Parish; sister, Doris and her first husband Bert Parish and second husband Duncan MacDonald; sister Agnes and her husband Earl Leepart. Al is survived by his daughters, Karlene (Rick) Gibson, Regina and Lorna Erickson Saskatoon; Lorri-Dean’s life partner, Bernie Moostoos of Saskatoon; grandchildren, Adrienne Erickson of Regina; Brandon-Shea (Marcy) Mutala of Regina (Karlene’s children); Candace Erickson of Saskatoon; Rochelle (Matt Caron) Erickson of Saskatoon (Lorri-Dean’s daughters); great-grandchildren, Darin Erickson, Karl Erickson-Halkett, and Lydia Erickson (Adrienne’s children); Aubrey, Annika, and Ezri Mutala, (Brandon-Shea and Marcy’s children); Emily and Caiden Caron (Rochelle and Matt’s children); great-great granddaughter, Isabella Erickson (Darin’s daughter); brother and sister-in-law, Ernest (Ernie) and Marlene Erickson of Rosetown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Grant Sedgwick of Rosetown; Elaine and Allan Jardine of Eston; And his many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and great-great nieces, nephews on both sides of the family. Memorial donations may be made to any charity that supports individuals/families affected by diabetes, dementia, or cancer.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Alvin Lawrence Erickson 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Saskatchewanatoon, Province: Saskatchewan