April 20, 1939 – July 7, 2019
Albert W. Eriksson,Sr., of Great Kills, passed away at the age of 80 yrs. at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Brooklyn, the only child of the late Clas & Blanche (nee Westlund) Eriksson. He attended McKee High School. In his youth he belonged to a Civil War Re-enactment group and went on many skirmishes. He worked at various jobs before working at Historic Richmondtown where he became an accomplished, self learned, blacksmith. He made all the house hardware for all the houses at Richmondtown, including the weathervane on the Old County Courthouse. Some of his other work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Customs House in St.Croix, (Tallahassee), the capital of Florida, the Old Village of Bethpage, L.I. and also did work for many private individuals, etc. He loved to work on his 1974 green Land-Rover and was a known tinkerer and inventor. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 59 years Margaret (nee Brown). He is also survived by 2 loving children,a son Albert Jr & Tammy Eriksson, and a daughter Sonja & Gary Bushey, six grandchildren, Kevin (Amie), Matthew (Whitney), Alyssa (Walt), Christopher (Abby), Anastasia & Kimberley. Two great-grandchildren Blake & Kinsley.Two dear friends Harry Anagnostis & Debra Romano, also his 2 cats Midnight & Job. A celebration of his life will be at Calvary Assembly of God, 4055 Richmond Ave., Eltingville, on Thursday evening, July 11, at 7:30pm. Arrangements and Cremation are being handled by Casey McCallum Rice Funeral Home in Great Kills.
In lieu of flowers donations to Calvary Assembly of God Church or your favorite charity would be appreciated.
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Sonja Bushey (nee Eriksson)
July 10, 2019
My father was a gentle, kind man who I remember as a hard worker. He taught himself Blacksmithing at a young age. His Grandfather in Sweden was a Blacksmith in the mid to late 1800's, whom he never knew. He made his own Blacksmithing tools and engraved each with his name over the forge he built himself in the 1970s. I remember watching him doing his Smithing in the late 1960s when I was very small in the old Trolley Carriage House at the head of Courtelyou Ave and Arthur Kill Road. He always had projects he worked on aside from his Blacksmithing . He fixed and cleaned clocks and watches from different centuries. He once took an old Swiss cuckoo clock of a friend apart that wasn't running. He took the whole thing apart to the tiniest screw and cleaned each and put it back together. It ran great! He always tried fixing things for his family and friends if they brought the broken items to him. If I had something that I couldn't fix myself, my mom would say " Give it to your father to look at." He would give said items back to me all fixed. He invented his own tool and dyes to make double winged airplanes from soda and beer cans. He invented the tool all by himself . A year after he made these airplanes the soda and beer companies made the cans smaller. He went back to his blacksmith shop and made another tool and dye set! He was very innovative with just about everything, even making switches and parts for his 1974 Land Rover! He was a very intelligent man and I will miss him dearly. There could never be another Albert W. Eriksson Sr . He is irreplaceable and forever in my heart. I can still hear echoes of his giant hammer machine he used in the cellar to flatten out and shape the orange iron from the hot porous coals he laid in the forge coal fire. I love you dad, will meet you again some day in heaven. You can fix the pearly gates because you were the best Blacksmith and the best father any daughter can have. I love you dad! <3
*Sorry photo not upright*
July 10, 2019
I'm very sad to hear of Al's passing .He once shared the experience with me of showing and describing to me how the magic of his art happened at his home. The hardware I got from him practically installed itself it was so beautifully made.
A wonderful humble man. He will always be teaching others through the beauty of his work.There is no doubt in my mind that many kids to come will be inspired to pick up a hammer and persue the adventure of forging because of him.
My condolences to the family,I'm sure they will miss him very much.
Al set the bar for form and function. Aren Carpenter
Al Eriksson jr
July 10, 2019
A self taught Blacksmith I've watched him take a piece of steel and forge it into incredible pieces of art from old style nails ,hinges, door latches too a Halibut that's still displayed in his house. He was a machinist he could make anything . He had a very smart mechanical mind if he couldnt fix it one way he found another way . He could also play the violin and was an artist . Also known as the Land Rover man that he had for 45 yrs he was Staten Island famous with that Rover. He was always tinkering on that. Most of all he was my dad and I'm going to miss him. I'll see you on the other side pops ................your son Al jr
July 9, 2019
Albert, who was called “Albie” by his wife and “Pop-Pop” by myself, was a unique man.
He was soft spoken, and when he spoke it was well thought out and with intention.
He was knowledgeable about a plethora of topics ranging from how machinery worked to U.S. and local history.
He was a tinkerer, and recently repaired a beloved clock from the 1800s. He was a craftsman (beyond and including blacksmithing)and an artist.
He took pride in all his work, from the smallest repair to the largest project. He paid meticulous attention to everything he did.
He was a kind man with a good sense of humor. He spoke and listened to anyone no matter their background.
These are just a few things I wanted to reminisce with those who knew him and to share with those who didn’t get a chance to know him as well.
He took comfort in a simple lifestyle, and enjoyed the small things like a good cup of coffee or beer.
Thank you everyone for your sympathy, but especially for being a part of his life. Or if you are supporting a family member or friend of his, thank you for sharing your time with us.
Pop-Pop loved to tell stories.
I would like to encourage anyone reading this to sit down with someone you love or someone you just want to get to know better and share a story. It may be simple or lengthy story. You may find the Story Corps App useful as a way to save your stories for generations to come.
And while you’re at it, have a cup of coffee or tea or beer. Just like Pop-Pop.
TIM & MARIE MCDONOUGH
July 9, 2019
You are not dead.
As a matter of fact nobody ever dies.
You want to know why?
Because you're going to live inside everybody
who ever knew you, everyone you ever touched no matter how little.
And the people who love you-
your loving wife - Margaret, your children - Albert & Sonja, your grandkids - Kevin, Matthew, Alyssa, Christopher, Anastasia and Kimberley, your great grandkids - Blake and Kinsley,
they're never going to stop
thinking about you.
Or talking about you.
They're never going to forget you
cause that never goes away.
You're never going to die
cause you were loved.
Because you loved.
You're going to live forever.
We all will.
July 7, 2019