Words Shared by Matt McConnell

    It is impossible to sum up Eric Chase in a few words, a story, or a memory.  I can't describe his friendly disposition or ability to make people smile.  Luckily, I don't have to do that because Eric has, in someway, personally done that for each of you.  Whether a friend, a brother, a classmate, an acquaintance, or a relative of Eric's, he has touched all of our lives in some way.

Matt & Eric at the Beach

Matt & Eric at the Beach

     Everyone has a story about Eric, and while I too have my stories, what I'd like to highlight is my favorite quality about him, which was his genuine interest in other people.  This attribute is something that I believe was one inherited from his Dad and one of the many things that drew people to Eric.  I noticed this specific aspect during his time in the hospital.  I was lucky to go to school nearby, so I spent many nights there after my classes for the day were done.  The funny thing about these visits was that although I was going to check in on my friend in the midst of an unimaginable battle, he was only concerned about me.  He asked about my friends, classes, exams, weekend plans, and actually remembered all the things I told him.  At first I was surprised at his selflessness during such a hard time, but then I thought about it and realized that Eric was always that way.  He just cared about people, plain and simple.  

Matt & Eric at the Beach February 2012

Matt & Eric at the Beach February 2012

     To me, Eric was much more than just a friend.  He was a mentor, a teacher, a supporter, and most of all, my biggest fan.  I was always able to be myself around Eric, and as I evolved and changed and flip-flopped on everything I wanted to do in life, he was right there by my side.  I can't tell you all how lucky I feel to have had someone like that in my life.  I'll miss him every single day, but smile knowing how much joy he brought me in his twenty-one years.  Thank you.



When Eric was a young boy he and his Dad would sing this song together on long car trips to the cottage in Canada or just around the town in Wayland.  At the Memorial Service in July 2012 the song was performed by  Donna McKusick.

Circle Game by Joni Mitchell

Yesterday, a child came out to wander

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

Fearful when the sky was full of thunder

And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round 

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and round and round

In the circle game

Then, the child moved ten times 'round the seasons

Skated over ten clear frozen streams

Words like, "When you're older", must appease him

And promises of someday make his dreams

Chorus Refrain

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now

Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town

And they tell him, "Take your time. It won't be long now.

'Til your drag your feet to slow the circles down"

Chorus Refrain

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty

Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true

There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty

Before the last revolving year is through.

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return, we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and 'round and 'round

In the circle game

And go 'round and 'round and 'round in the circle game.

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