Eric Gordon Dearborn Sr.
May 5, 1948 – July 2, 2018
Eric (Rick/Pop) Dearborn Sr. beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at age 70. He was the eldest son of Richard and Ruth (Flanagan) Dearborn, both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his youngest son, Kevin Anthony Dearborn. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is a very large extended family - his wife of over 50 years Phyllis Boutwell Dearborn, sons Eric Jr (Tammie) and Lance (Linda), daughters Cathy (John) Gahres and Michelle (Chris) Wynn, along with 12 grandchildren - Amanda and Paul Littlepage, Shelby and Austin Dearborn, Lindsey Dearborn, Robert, Donald, John Mark, Elizabeth and Jeffery Gahres, David Adorno, Savannah Wynn and 6 great-grandchildren. He also will be mourned and celebrated by his siblings Linda (Ken) Anderson, Mark Dearborn, Laurie Toby, Becky Jackson, Karen Dearborn, Tara (Jim) Howard and Kimberly Dearborn, along with multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. Along the years there were also several "adopted" children that were as special to him as his own - Paul Christian, Richard (Moose) Creighton, Dublyn Crowe, and Debbie Grey to name only a few. Rick was born May 5, 1948 in Spokane, WA and at the tender age of 6 months rode from Spokane to Manchester, NH via train with his mother Ruth, who would always tell about the angst of losing one of his baby shoes while changing trains in Chicago. He spent his youth in NH and CT, moving to Tampa, Florida in 1960 after the close of the New Departure Steel Mills in Meriden, CT. He attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he met the love of his life in his freshman physics class, and married her in August of 1967. He worked in retail for many years, managing Neissner & McCrory's 5 and dime stores which mandated moving several times throughout the state of Florida. After settling in Sanford, FL in 1979, he changed career fields and finished his working career as the Vice-President of Air Traffic Services in Orlando, FL (now FastMile Inc). His personal life was always his children and his family. His great love was managing Little League baseball teams in Sanford and Orlando for many years as his sons grew up in the sport, and then played/managed softball for many years after that. Whatever his children or grandchildren were doing, he was active in, supporting them in all of their endeavors. Debbie Grey posted this earlier and it characterizes Pop perfectly - "I moved to FL, made a fantastic friend (Cathy Dearborn Gahres) and was instantly part of her family. Pop accepted me (and anyone else) for who they were. No need to change. Conversations with Pop could last for hours and never felt forced. His way of giving advice was to show you a new side or something you hadn't thought of. He wanted you to think, so that regardless of your end decision, at least you would have a foundation for your answer. He loved to share his knowledge, talk with people of all ages and was constantly learning. Pop was supportive and encouraging of following your dreams, whatever they may be. He believed in chivalry, loved the Seminoles and was the most ideal example of what a man, husband, father, and friend should be. I love you Pop! Thank you for letting me be your adopted daughter.". His granddaughter Shelby had this to say: "I lost my grandfather last night. He was one of the toughest, bravest, most inspiring men I’ve ever known. Even now, using the word “was” just feels wrong. He would drive an hour to pick me up from school when I was sick and my parents were working. He would carry me around Disney World when my little legs just couldn’t take anymore. He would come over and teach me math that my poor teachers just couldn’t get into my head. He knew everything about history and just loved to teach others anything he could about it. There was nothing that a hug from him couldn’t fix. He was a super hero. He’d already have 5 dogs but rescue another one just because it looked so sad. He was the epitome of goodness and strength, and you could not ask for a better role model." Each of his children and grandchildren could have written the above and more - they all have their own stories and memories, and that was Pop's definition of a perfect life. We welcome everyone to join us in a celebration of his life Saturday, July 7, at noon at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home located at 5475 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa, FL 32927 (Port St John) followed by a luncheon reception at his home - 5585 Graham St, Cocoa FL (Port St. John). If you would like to honor his memory, please donate in his name to your local SPCA or Humane Society - Pop never met a dog he didn't like or that didn't like him, and his "puppies" were always very special to him.
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
Eric Gordon Dearborn Sr.
July 5, 2018
Rick visited us only one time . We all had lunch and sat around talking. Rick was holding Shelby and talking to her you could see the love on his face. Rick you raised an amazing son for my amazing daughter , Eric has become a son to me. Thank you. RIP Rick and enjoy being in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
July 5, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Dearborn and extended family. Rick was always so soft spoken and kind. Reading the words about him from his family in his obituary speaks volumes about the kind of person he was. He has obviously left a tremendous void in many lives. May you all be comforted as your grieve and share your loving memories.
July 5, 2018
In middle school, I struggled with algebra. Horribly. I remember sitting with Rick at Pizza Inn eating pizza, drinking soda and him trying to get algebra to stick in my head. A few years ago, I was still struggling with the mess in my head from my marriage and the resulting divorce and told Rick I just needed to get away. He invited me to come over to Orlando for the weekend. At first I was a little hesitant/ upset that Phyllis was not going to be there on Friday night when I got there but what a wonderful evening Rick and I had. We sat out in the gazebo for hours talking and sipping wine... solving the problems of my world. I will be forever grateful to have grown up having had such an amazing brother who never made you feel you were wasting his time when you needed him.