In Memory of

Rollie Ericson



Mass of Christian will be held in St. James Church, Colgan, Saturday September 5th, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Charles John “Rollie” Ericson of Tottenham, Ontario, died suddenly in his home on Friday August 28th, 2020, he was in his 48th year. Rollie was a loving father to his sons Thomas and Matthew, and stepson Joshua. A devoted son to Wynne and the late Charles Ericson, and a dearly loved stepson to Sonny Mifsud. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Paula (Steve) and Michael (Christine), and will live forever in the hearts of his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Rollie was predeceased by his grandparents, Thomas and Winefride Conlan, and Albert and Catherine Ericson.
“Gone far too soon. Your BIG heart and happy smile will be missed by many.”

Due to Covid regulations and restrictions, a family service will be by invitation only, and held at Rod Abrams Funeral Home 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham, on Saturday September 5th, 2020. All other extended family and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. James Church, in Colgan on Saturday September 5th, at 1:00 pm, followed by interment at St. James Cemetery, Colgan. Attendees must wear facial covering masks and maintain social distancing while in the building, church and in the parking lot.
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“Rollie Ericson”
  1. Shirley and Nolin Morrow wrote:

    It is with great sadness we heard of the passing of Rollie.
    We will remember his great smile and charm in the years we new him. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time. God bless you all.

  2. Nick and Tricia Walpole wrote:

    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time

  3. Lianne Vigneault wrote:

    I’ve gone to school with Rollie since I was 5 years old. He was a character, and always made the room explode with laughter. I was sad to hear of his passing. Sending my love and condolences.

  4. Belinda Clemmensen wrote:

    I knew Rollie when we were teenagers but mostly I knew him as a truly good friend to my brother Jesse. I can’t express how grateful I am for that friendship and Rollie’s good heart. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to you. Much love. Belinda

  5. Jacqueline and Jennifer wrote:

    I still remember the time I was in Tim Hortons drive through and my debit card wasn’t working. The man behind my car yelled “I’ll pay for yours!!” And wouldn’t you know it. It was Rollie. That’s the kind of person we have lost. A caring, kind, great person. You will be missed. Our condolences are with you during this difficult time. <3

  6. James garbutt wrote:

    Rollie was an awesome person I will miss him. As will so many.

  7. Dawn (McLaughlin) Braks wrote:

    My condolences to the family and friends. I have many fond memories with Rollie and all of the family. I’ve been heart broken by the news. RIP Rollie.

  8. Jackie and Millard Eccles wrote:

    Wyn and family, I feel your grief. My thoughts are with you. God bless.

  9. Leighton Ashton Costanzo wrote:

    Auntie Wynne and Sonny,

    We lost someone dear to our hearts this week. Rollie was a gift to the world and his legacy will never be forgotten by his friends and family. Memories of his life and laughter will never fade. I will carry his cheerfulness, comfort, and kindness in my heart forevermore. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of his life. I will miss him and all his friendly, lighthearted, funny, teasing, joking ways. He had a great sense of humour and always found a way to raise my spirits. I believe his divine purpose in this life was to be EVERYTHING to EVERYONE. Whatever you needed, whenever you needed it, Rollie was someone you could depend on. May his soul find eternal rest and blissful peace, and may the love that surrounds you both bring some comfort to you in the weeks and months ahead. Remember, you are not alone. We will get through this together. It is through times like this that we realize the special bond of love that exists between us as a family. Let me be your courage and let me be your strength. Let me be all the things to you and Sonny that you and Rollie have been to me over the years. Let me be your rock. Let me love you more.

    With great sadness, love, and blessings,
    Leighton xoxo

  10. Genevieve Morrow wrote:

    There won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t think of Uncle Rollie and his free spirit, he will always be in our hearts. Love to know that he is somewhere at peace.

  11. Mike Ericson wrote:

    To my big brother. I know you know how much I looked up to you when we were growing up because I tried in every way to be like you…it was painfully obvious, from my tasseled leather coat (lol, I never could pull it off), to my fender guitar, music to my hockey number 9(Rollie’s number 6 upside down). The only thing he had to himself was his height! It is with the heaviest of hearts on the hardest day of my life that I try to say thank you for the laughs and for everyone to remember the guy with the bigger than life personality known as “Rollie”. Your little brother looking up to you always, Mike

  12. Jesse Clemmensen wrote:

    Rollie and I have been best friends for over 20 years. To say Im going to miss him is an under statement.
    I could write a book about our relationship. I guess in particular i admired his sense of justice and fairness. He always gave people the benefit of the doubt upon meeting people for the first time.He always was there with a helping hand and he gave it freely.
    He will always be in my thoughts and to ask myself what would Rollie do?
    I will miss him forever.

  13. Nolin T. Morrow wrote:

    The passing of my uncle Rollie delivers the utmost grief upon me.

    The Rollie I knew and whose memory I cherish was a man whose character traits brought me much joy and laughter in my formative years; was a man whom spoiled my sister Genevieve and I with lavish gifts consisting of toys, timbits, and scenic trips back in forth from Barrie to Tottenham. Those distant memories are a sacred keep sake in my heart.

    My condolences,

    To my uncles greatest legacy consisting of Josh, Thomas, and Mathew whom I hold dear (I will never forget last nights visit, your mother did a damn good job at turning you into fine young men). My Uncle Mike, my Mother, Nanny and Sonny

  14. Christine Ericson wrote:

    Tomorrow we say goodbye to Mike’s brother. This week has been a reflection on Rollie’s life, spent with family. Reminiscing, looking through photos, listening to music, sharing stories, meeting new family members, and being reunited with ones once again. I sadly never got to know Mike’s brother but I have seen how much love his family, brother, sister, partner and kids hold deeply in their heart. This week has been an eye opener on so many levels. Hold your loves ones close, love them with all you got, know that no matter how tough you have it someone else is fighting something beyond their control. Don’t underestimate the power of love. Rollie you are looking down smiling at how family has come together to celebrate your life.
    You can rest now Rollie and know that peace is where you are. It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye to my brother in law, someone who impacted my husband’s life like no other. Thank you for being the brother he needed when you could. RIP Charles,”Rollie” Ericson Forever in our hearts. We love you! Mike, Christine, Tyler and Brett xoxo

  15. Becky wrote:

    Auntie Wynne and Sonny,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.
    I have heard so many stories about Rollie that showed he had an amazing sense of humour and such a caring personality. I can tell by the way you share these memories that the two of you have so much love for Rollie and a life with love is a life well lived. He will be missed by many, forgotten by none.
    RIP Rollie

  16. Elaine & Pius Pittman wrote:

    We extend our deepest sympathy to Wynne, Sonny and all the Ericson family at the loss of Rollie. We have known Rollie for many years through school, hockey and also as a friend of our son Chad and of all our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  17. Elaine & Pius Pittman wrote:

    Our deepest sympathy go out to Wynne, Sonny and all the Ericson family at the loss of Rollie. We have known the Ericson family for many years. Chad and Rollie started school together, played hockey together and were friends for many years. We were so sorry to hear this, RIP Rollie..

  18. The Bradley Family wrote:

    With deepest sympathy for your loss. Rollie was taken too soon. May he rest in peace.

  19. Jack and Trisha.Liverpool England wrote:

    To Wynne and Sonny and all of the family.
    We are so sorry to hear of Rollies passing.A nicer and more genuine guy you couldent meet.Sorry you never made it over to Liverpool as you wanted.RIP Rollie.

  20. The Ragogna Family wrote:

    We remember the little boy next door and we are sorry of his passing.
    Our thoughts are with all the family.

  21. Amanda Aly and Alex wrote:

    It saddens me how we take for granted the time we expect to have with somebody. I never imagined a day in my life where you wouldn’t be around. You’ve always been a positive influence on the kids and I, Always made us smile when we were down I never imagined that a time would come that I had to live without you. You will always be in our hearts we will truly love and miss you Love Amanda Aly and Alex xoxo R.I.P

  22. Ken Brown wrote:

    I wanted to express my deepest condolences to Rollie’s family and I am sorry for your loss.
    I haven’t seen Rollie in nearly 20 years, but will always remember the fun memories we had as kids playing Hockey together in Tottenham and the great times we had in Grade 9…

  23. Joe Di Natale wrote:

    My deepest condolences to Rollie’s family. I haven’t seen Rollie in a very long time. I grew up with him since grade five meeting at St James Catholic School, like it was yesterday he beat me up in a fight and we then backed best friends since. He was a like a brother to me, he protected me, he always made us all laugh, a true hero in my eyes. Some of the best times of my life was with Rollie. You truly will be missed, you will always be in my thoughts and memory my friend.

  24. Jennifer & Shawn Gilbert wrote:

    Wynne and Sonny,

    We are deeply sorry for this terrible loss. Although we didn’t know Rollie well, we can see that he touched many people’s lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Gilbert Family

  25. Paula Morrow wrote:

    There is only one Rollie. To know him is to have a funny story. He had the best laugh and a big heart. He loved his family and kept us all in his heart. One of my dearest memories is Rollie with my kids. He loved them like they were his own. Rollie, a 24 year old single guy, loved getting my infant son ready and taking him out. This week has been so hard, but every cloud has a silver lining. Rollie’s three children, are the silver lining. I see his heart, his smile, his music, and his jokes in his children and his nieces and nephews. Rollie will be forever loved and forever missed.

  26. Jacqueline Conlan wrote:

    Our Rollie:

    Rollie was committed and connected to his family. He judged no one. He found fault in no one.

    Love and family was more important to Rollie than money and success. And we know this because Rollie always had an abundance of love to give, and he never had a lot of money, because he always gave it away to someone he believed needed it more.

    Amongst his personal possessions he had a file, with some old and cherished photos, a photograph of his sister Paula, his brother Micheal, his first nephew Nolan, his two sons Thomas and Matthew, his stepson Josh, his step father Sonny and his mum and dad—His “family”, and the sum of all he held dear to his heart…This was ”love”.

    In one of our many conversations, when we would talk about anything and everything. I asked Rollie to define “love”. He paused for what seemed like an eternity, then without looking up from staring down at the ground he said, “It’s when you’re by yourself and alone, but you still wish the best for others, and especially your family”, then he turned to look at me, smiled and said, “That is love”.

    So, if Rollie could speak to each of us one last time, I would speculate that he would say, “Love one another, because love matters. Don’t judge it. Don’t dismiss it. And don’t take it for granted. Because love lifts you up, it supports you, it encourages you, it gives you hope, because love heals all wounds and love is everlasting.

    Rollie, may your soul rest in perfect peace…And for those of us left behind to mourn the great void Rollie has left behind, always remember, this earth is full of troubles, and heaven is full of peace…and LOVE.

    Today, with a heavy heart I said goodbye to another ‘special’ nephew, gone from the family far too soon

    *Rest In Peace Big Guy*

    ❤️Rollie’s Auntie Jacquie xo

  27. Tony Costanzo wrote:

    Dear Wynne and Sonny,

    I can not even begin to imagine all that you both have lost or what you have endured these past few days. It has been difficult to observe you both suffer so much pain and grief for Rollie, your devoted son.
    He was a good person. A good son. A good brother, dad, cousin and nephew. He was much too understanding to mind the careless hurts that no one really quiet intends, and he was much too perceptive and thoughtful himself to give anything but love. Rollie went out of his way to make lost souls feel more secure and hopeful, and happy people a little happier yet.
    Over the years I have watched Rollie do so much for others, and never expect anything in return. He was everyone’s mechanic, plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter, roofer, landscaper, chef, computer technician, confidant, and friend. He was a master of all things and a loyal friend to many. Rollie was an intelligent man. He could have been ANYTHING he wanted to be in this world.
    I remember taking the same computer programming course as Rollie, which was incredibly difficult and time consuming, Rollie “sailed” right through it with ease and went on the next level. I remember discovering (many times), Rollie’s long legs sticking out from under my car some mornings as he assessed and fixed the various problems. I remember whenever, I bought a new car, Rollie was always the first person to excitedly show up and check it over. I remember my son’s excitement when his “cool cousin” would pick him up from school, with Van Halen blasting on the radio.
    I remember his aunt Jacquie calling Rollie to help walk her through how to fix various issues with her computer. Now she is a ’whiz’ and accredits all that she knows to Rollie. I remember a lot of things about Rollie, and anyone who knew him would. He genuinely cared about people, his friends and family.
    A truly good soul in our family has passed on. May Rollie’s soul rest in eternal peace, and may God grant all his friends and loved ones the strength to endure this great pain.
    “Cheers Rollie“…I hope you have found joy and comfort in your new home, and you are reunited with old friends and family that love you as much as we do!

    Your help, love and laughter will be missed,
    Tony, Jacquie and Leighton

  28. Trevor Hollingshead wrote:

    Wynn and Sonny,

    I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of your son Rollie, Rest In Peace.

  29. Nancy McBride wrote:

    Wynne, Sonny and Family,

    I am heart broken to hear of the loss of your son, father, brother, uncle, nephew.

    The pain is enormous and it may feel like it will never go away. Work through each day, knowing that you are living each moment in tribute to Rollie. You have the opportunity to carry his memory with you in everything you do. He is not gone, but he is with you in a different way. You will always be reminded of him, and you will hold his memory dear. Find your strength in him to carry on. He would not want your lives diminished by his passing. Do him the honour of flourishing because he lived.

    May you find strength from family and friends and those whose paths you may not have crossed yet.

    Wishing you all swift healing, sweet dreams, fond memories.

    Most sincerely,
    Nancy McBride
    McKnight Crescet

  30. Pat and Jean C wrote:

    Dearest Wyn, Sonny, Jacqueline, Tony and families:

    My heart is truly broken for you all.
    Please remember, “What we once cherished, we can never really lose. All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us forever.”
    I have arranged for my churches congregation to join in prayer for eternal rest and peace for the beautiful spirit of your son Rollie.
    Unfortunately, your son never made it to his ancestral roots in Liverpool, so now these prayers from England will find their way to him!

    Our sincere condolences,
    Pat and Jean
    (Derbyshire, England)

  31. Pat and Jean Cril wrote:

    Dearest Wyn, Sonny, Jacqueline, Tony and families:

    My heart is truly broken for you all.
    Please remember, “What we once cherished, we can never really lose. All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us forever.”
    I have arranged for my churches congregation to join in prayer for eternal rest and peace for the beautiful spirit of your son Rollie.
    Unfortunately, your son never made it to his ancestral roots in Liverpool, so now these prayers from England will find their way to him!

    Our sincere condolences,
    Pat and Jean
    (Derbyshire, England

  32. Rhonda Campbell Moon wrote:

    My deepest condolences to you Wynne, my dear sister in law, and to you, my brother Sonny, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find strength and peace in coping with this tragic loss.
    I was honoured to have attended Rollie’s beautiful Christian funeral service. It was heartwarming to hear his family and friends speak of their love of Rollie and to share their wonderful memories of the kind and loving person that Rollie was.
    The gathering at the home of Wynne and Sonny following the church service was simple and elegant. Everyone did an excellent job with the event and the funeral sandwiches were delicious. Rollie’s family and friends were pleasant and engaging and I enjoyed everyone’s company. Rollie was blessed to have such wonderful people in his life. I especially appreciated that the family offered that people could take from Rollie’s personal music CD collection for their own. I now have music that when I listen to, I will always and forever think of Rollie.
    My condolences to everyone for the tragic loss of such a loving young man.
    Rhonda Campbell Moon

  33. SUE JONES wrote:

    I didn’t know Rollie well but he was always a smiling face when he came in to see the doctor. Had a joke to tell or a story, my heart goes out to you Wynne and Sonny.
    A life taken to soon XOXO

  34. The McClocklin / Gallant Family wrote:

    Dear Auntie Wynne & Sonny,

    Our families spent so much time together that we consider you all part of our family. It’s hard to believe Rollie is gone so soon. Your family will always be kept in our thoughts and in our prayers. Sending our love to you in this hard time.

  35. Matthew Morley wrote:

    I’ll always remember Rollie. We grew up together in Tottenham, played sports together and shared many laughs along the way. Our paths didn’t cross a lot in adult life but whenever I saw Rollie there was always a smile and joyful conversation to be had. My condolences to Rollie’s family. He will be missed but he brought joy and influence to so many. Rest In Peace old friend.
    Matt Morley

  36. Jackie Firth wrote:

    Dear Wynne and Sonny,

    So sorry for your loss, and the grief only a parent whose lost a child, could possibly know and feel. All I can offer in the way of comfort is my love, friendship and ears to listen. Remember, I may be far, but I’m only a short phone call away…Any time, any hour of the day.

    Sending you prayers and healing,
    Jackie xoxo

  37. Lorene McIntyre wrote:

    So sorry to hear this news. Gone to soon.
    Rollie, & I had the same circle of friends for a while back in our teen years. I actually came across photos of him the other day that made me smile (school turns into beach days)! Always up for a good time, caring and wanted to make others laugh…
    Thoughts to his family & those close to him during this time. Lorene

  38. Donna Jardine wrote:

    Rollie Blessings, Peace and Love to You and to your very loving parents Wynne and Sonny a healing Poem for them I will lend you for a little while a child of mine he said…For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he dies . It may be 6 or 7 years or 22 or more…But will you ,till I call him back.take care of him for me? He will bring his charm to gladden you should his stay be brief you will have his loving memmories as soloce for your grief I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return…But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn .I have looked the worldwide over in my search for teachers true, and from the throngs that crowd life s lanes….I have selected you…Now will you give him all your Love, nor think the labor vain Nor hate me when I come to take him back again….I fancied that I heard them say Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done….For all the Joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we will run…We will shelter him with tenderness…We will love him while we may…and for happiness we have known , forever greatful stay….But should the angels call for him much sooner than we have planned…We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand Wynne and Sonny Let me love you as you both loved me when I last had that wonderful heartfelt visit at your home…Contact me for any need I can supply I am so sorry and do weep with you Strength and Blessings to you through this difficult time Love is for always…Donna xoxo

  39. Stan Sullivan wrote:

    Winnie, Sonny and families:
    I was so sorry to hear of Rollie’s passing. He was truly a good man who loved his family and really cared about his friends. He would always ask how my day went at work, and he always had a cheerful greeting whenever he saw me. I’m going to miss him. He was a GREAT guy with a BIG heart!

  40. Bill Walker wrote:

    A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again with memories.
    My sincere condolences to all of the family. May your loving memories, family and friends comfort you during this difficult time

  41. Wynne Ericson wrote:

    A Special Note of Thanks:

    I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the telephone calls, cards, live plants, beautiful floral tributes and food, that everyone has shared with me these past several days, and especially for opening your hearts and sharing your condolences, and personal memories of my son Rollie. I will forever be grateful for the strength and healing each one of your kind gestures, and stories have provided.
    Thank you to those of you that slipped little trinkets into Rollie’s casket: notes, letters, cards, photographs, CD’s, guitar picks, etc… ‘memories’ to warm his heart and share with his new family, in his new home.
    Thank you to everyone who came back to the house to celebrate his life, toast his memory, and share the two things Rollie was truly good at—offering love and support to one another! Like an “Irish wake”, it was perfect.
    I would also like to thank my sister Jacquie for her organizational skills, eulogy, picking the flower arrangements for family near and far and helping with the difficult task of choosing a cemetery plot, but most of all, for her support and strength throughout the most difficult time in my life.
    Thank you to my favorite brother in law Tony and loving nephew Leighton for the design and copies of the memorial poem offered to all the funeral attendees and most of all for your love, which I know is always just around the corner.
    Thank you to my wonderful brother Tom and my favourite sister-in-law Lori for your ongoing love and support, and for ALL the delicious food provided for the wake afterwards. It practically fed an army!
    Thank you to Paula and Micheal for the photo collages and beautiful photo slide show that captured the very spirit and essence of Rollie throughout his life and for organizing the perfect soundtrack that played in the background at the funeral.
    Thank you to my long time spouse Sonny who has shared my tears, love and memories, throughout these hard days, for my “one in a million” son, who always had our backs, fixed our cars, laughed with us, cried with us, and supported us in the good times and the bad times—Always!
    Thank you to Rod Abrams Funeral Home, for bringing everything together, and making one of the worst days of my life, a very sad, but ‘special’ memory.
    Thank you to Father Nick for the Christian readings, songs, service and burial for Rollie at St. James Church in Colgan.
    A ‘special’ thank you to my son’s “twelve“ pallbearers: Sonny Mifsud, Tony Costanzo, Leighton Costanzo, Tom Conlan, Scott Duncan, James Garbutt, Micheal Ericson, Steven Morrow, Nolin Morrow, Joshua Burns, Steve Farr, and Todd Postulart, who carried my son with love, honour and dignity. Rollie would have been pleased to see, so many old and familiar faces proud to ‘lift him up’, and carry him, one last time.
    I would also like to acknowledge all of Rollie’s friends and mine, that travelled long distances to pay their last respects, shed their tears and share their stories and memories of my son Rollie with me.
    It was like a tonic to my soul to learn just how many people loved my son, and how many people my son helped, made laugh, and supported in their own darkest hours throughout his lifetime. I hope Rollie knew, just how many lives he impacted, saved, and made better, just through knowing him. I hope he realized just how many people loved him more.
    Thank you ALL again for coming together and contributing to Rollie’s funeral and memory in ways only friends and family that truly loved him could. You made my pain, a beautiful memory.

    Rollie’s mum. xo

  42. Jack and Zarina Johnston wrote:

    “Rollie” was a very good friend and neighbour. He was always polite and ready to help in any way you needed him. He will be missed and he will be remembered.

  43. Brian wrote:

    “Friends are pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know that they are standing by.”

    I always knew, Rollie was “standing by” to lend a helping hand or offer some genuine words of support, whenever he thought I needed it.
    He was a really, really nice guy.

  44. Kay Healy wrote:

    My Dear Wynne,
    I only just found out this very sad news and I cannot begin to tell you how very sorry I am for you and all your dear family! Sadly I know only too well what you are going through and my heart aches beyond measure for you! I pray that your very special memories will help you through this dreadful time and with Gods help you will get through it! Rollie was someone very special and will be forever remembered in the hearts of all those who loved him so dearly. Rest In Peace dear Rollie.

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