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Ann Wochomurka
B: 1934-04-07
D: 2018-12-06
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Wochomurka, Ann
Norman Southergill
B: 1924-06-29
D: 2018-11-30
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Southergill, Norman
Claire Kitson
D: 2018-11-24
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Kitson, Claire
Mary Jennison
B: 1925-11-09
D: 2018-11-22
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Jennison, Mary
Craig Prowe
B: 1951-07-01
D: 2018-11-20
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Prowe, Craig
Sheila Jones
B: 1950-04-16
D: 2018-11-20
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Jones, Sheila
John Hughes
B: 1927-08-14
D: 2018-11-19
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Hughes, John
Michael Platner
B: 1946-04-16
D: 2018-11-18
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Platner, Michael
Edward Glock
B: 1928-07-20
D: 2018-11-12
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Glock, Edward
Angel Rodriguez
D: 2018-11-09
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Rodriguez, Angel
Assunta DiTommaso
B: 1931-05-12
D: 2018-11-05
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DiTommaso, Assunta
Lewis Farrar
B: 1932-12-30
D: 2018-10-30
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Farrar, Lewis
Anastasia Kalvoda
B: 1919-12-25
D: 2018-10-28
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Kalvoda, Anastasia
Miriam Cooper
B: 1920-05-27
D: 2018-10-27
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Cooper, Miriam
Stephen Zaylor
B: 1959-12-12
D: 2018-10-21
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Zaylor, Stephen
Nadgy Verrillo
B: 1918-02-09
D: 2018-10-21
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Verrillo, Nadgy
Victor Daley
D: 2018-10-19
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Daley, Victor
Sharon Lawson
B: 1942-07-31
D: 2018-10-19
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Lawson, Sharon
Hazel Cooke
B: 1928-11-27
D: 2018-10-13
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Cooke, Hazel
Eric Dahlin
B: 1961-07-27
D: 2018-10-12
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Dahlin, Eric
Frank McCarthy
B: 1928-07-09
D: 2018-10-10
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McCarthy, Frank

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Condolence From: Newb Le Roy
Condolence: I'm sorry to hear this news. I don't believe I'd seen Eric since we road the bus together in grade school. We were friends then, and I'd say we're friends now.
My condolences to his family.
PS I was in Troop 76 once, too.
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Condolence From: Karl Schonberg
Condolence: It has been many years since I have seen Mr. Hellwig but the huge impact he had on my life is undimmed. He was a great man and a wonderful mentor to me. To have shaped the lives of so many young people for the better--what an incredible legacy. I wish I had taken a few moments to thank him in later years, but I have faith that he knew how much he meant to me, and to so many others. Godspeed Mr. Hellwig, and Yours in Scouting.
Friday February 09, 2018
Condolence From: Mike Merillat
Condolence: Mr. Hellwig was a vital part of my childhood as my scoutmaster. Troop 76, the friends I made there and the memories that I cherish are so important to me. I was a bit of a goofball when I was in scouts. I can recall several occasions that Mr. Hellwig came down on me. Letting him down was far worse than anything he said. He truly cared about me and his boys. I was proud of the work I did as a scout and I know Mr. Hellwig is a huge reason for my successes. Mr. Hellwig was a pallbearer at my mother’s funeral. It goes to show what he meant to my family and what he would do for his friends. My thoughts go out to his family. Rest in peace, sir.
Tuesday February 06, 2018
Condolence From: Joe Prespare
Condolence: I was twenty years old when I walked into Wagner Ford to find my scoutmaster cleaning the floors. He looked and smiled at me with the grin you couldn’t forget. I was shocked to learn that this man who was larger than life for me was just like all of us. For a long time, I thought of Eric as a CEO of a large global enterprise, or a politician. In my world he held that stature of incredible importance. It didn’t matter what Eric did for a living, because he didn’t allow it to define him. It’s what made him great.

I had six years of scout training under Eric and although he passed on the torch to Bob Young before I became Eagle, Eric considered me one of his boys, in fact his the last one. It was something that he wouldn’t forget and his pride in having 13 Eagles during his time as Scoutmaster wasn’t something that he allowed to go to his head, but it was the lives he touched that mattered. I kept in touch with Eric upon getting my Eagle and Eric became a friend for life. Upon getting together, he would run through a list of everyone in his life, starting with bride, Anne, to his 3 sons who he was so proud of, to the grand kids that he loved dearly, to the many updates of the scouts still in his life.

Then, it came back to me. He always wanted to know what was going on in my life, much like he did in the formable scout years, giving me wisdom and helping me navigate through decisions I needed to make. And we always spoke about peach cobbler and pot roast in the Dutch oven. During my scout years, peach cobbler was important for me because I learned that if I could clean his dishes, the reward Eric had for me was a bowl of his famous cobbler. But more than that, it was access to my Scoutmaster that made it worth it. You simply wanted to be with him. He had this way.
Eric helped me learn how to be a man, how to serve in my community, how to give back. Eric taught me to listen to the birds and enjoy the diversity that was all around us. He taught me how to honor and respect a person in uniform, and always give to those who serve our great country. He taught how to be present in the life of my kids, and that it wasn’t the big house, the nice cars, that mattered. It was how you touch lives that counts the most.

Words can’t express how sad I am with Eric’s passing. My prayers are with the entire Hellwig family and I hope that you all know how important Eric was in some many lives. It’s a legacy.
Tuesday February 06, 2018
Condolence From: Sean Flynn
Condolence: Our sympathies are with Anne and the rest of the Hellwig family. I have so many fond memories of Eric’s quick wit and warm smile. You always had to be on your toes when entered the Hellwig house as he always had a question that would put you on the spot. Alas I was always too slow and he would cajole me with the obvious answer and a chuckle. He always listened caringly to my issues and always had a relatable story at hand. It was easy for anyone to conversation with Eric. He influenced many, including myself, through the gentle moral guidance he provided in his story telling.

Anne and Eric certainly had their hands full raising their 3 boys which I saw firsthand. I’m not sure what penance Anne was paying from a former life in having to deal with their 3 sons whose tongues were as sharp as their father’s. Her seemingly boundless caring provided the balance the household needed. Together they provided the guidance for not only their own children but many others as well.
Monday February 05, 2018
Condolence From: Peter Mahoney
Condolence: My prayers and condolences to the Hellwig family. Mr. Hellwig was such an important part of my life, and the reason I made Eagle Scout. His role in positively shaping the lives of so many young men through Troop 76 will never be forgotten. His dedication to service made him a true hero in the community. He will be sorely missed!
Friday February 02, 2018
Condolence From: Andrew Walker
Condolence: Eric Hellwig was a giant figure in my life. He was more than my Scoutmaster, he was a mentor, role model and friend. He was a significant influence on me at a time in my life when I needed it most and I credit him amply for helping me become the person I am today. I managed to stay connected to Eric over the years but the most indelible memories are rooted in scouting. He seemed to enjoy appearing gruff and tough - I can still hear his booming voice coming through the trees for us to “Get that fire below you knees!” or, when we were in fundraising mode, “Buckwheat (a somewhat random nickname he gave me), you need to sell more Christmas wreaths!” I vividly recall the discipline doled out liberally to his many wayward charges -- I can’t believe some of the insane things we tried to pull off when we didn’t think he’d notice. But just as often I recall the quieter, thoughtful Mr. Hellwig who would take me or another kid under his wing for a gentle, encouraging conversation that would lift our spirit or help us do something we didn’t think we were capable to even attempt. I made Eagle Scout under him, and my 1978 ‘Troop 76 Scout of the Year’ trophy remains among my most cherished possessions, so clearly he was doing something right. Indeed, he was everything that was right about scouting.

These few words don’t do enough to convey the profound mark he left on the world or the legacy he’s left with so many of us who were lucky enough to know him well, but all should know he will be sorely missed on this earth. My sympathies to Anne, Dan, Tom, Steve and the entire Hellwig family.
Friday February 02, 2018
Condolence From: Don Joy III
Condolence: Sending my condolences to Ann and the entire Hellwig family
Rest in peace Eric
I will remember your dry wit always made me laugh
Thank You for your service to our Nation
Friday February 02, 2018
Condolence From: Marji Rose
Condolence: Dear Anne, Dan & Patty, Tom, Steve & entire Hellwig Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. I have many fond memories of him being a wise guy and pretending to forget my nickname was Mouser and calling me Moose instead to see of he could get a rise out of me. I loved his warm smile and sparkly eyes that always looked as if he were up to some mischief, which of course he probably was! Sending love to you all! XXOO's
Thursday February 01, 2018
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