Honour guard for dedicated firefighter

Firefighters past and present hold a guard of honour at David Ericson's funeral. (ps1303-17a)
Firefighters past and present hold a guard of honour at David Ericson's funeral. (ps1303-17a)

FIREFIGHTERS from Bridlington past and present held a full guard of honour at the funeral of David William Ericson, a former colleague who dedicated his life to helping others.

Tributes were paid to Mr Ericson, 76, of Bempton who died peacefully at a Bridlington nursing home on Sunday January 6.

David Ericson.

David Ericson.

His funeral service was held last Wednesday at St Michael’s Church, in Bempton when retired and serving firefighters stood to attention as the coffin was carried in, adorned by Mr Ericson’s ceremonial brass helmet. A fire engine was also taken to the church for the service which was attended by around 60 people, followed by a cremation at Octon Crematorium.

Mr Ericson leaves behind his wife Pauline Ericson of 55 years and his daughters Susan and Anne-Marie.

Along with seven grandchildren - Gemma, Ross, Aneliese, Lacey-Lee, Leah, Emilia and Melissa-Mae.

His daughters Susan Ryan from Howden, and Anne-Marie Hughes from Bridlington composed and read his touching eulogy.

His only grand-son Ross Ryan was a pall-bearer, his eldest grand-daughter Gemma Ryan composed and read out a poem in the funeral service.

Mr Ericson completed his national service and served in the RAF military police before spending 27 years in the fire service.

Mr Ericson joined the fire service in the early 1960s, however was forced to take early retirement at the age of 49 after being injured when saving a mother and baby in a blaze at the Southcliffe Hotel.

Mr Ericson’s daughters Susan and Anne-Marie said “It was a fitting tribute to a man devoted to his family and service. He was such a popular, respected and loved gentleman, who always put other before himself. He will be sadly missed.”

His family have thanked everyone at the Fire Service for their beautiful tribute, the Rev Simon Smale for conducting the service, and Max and all his team at Brighams Funeral Directors for making them feel extremely special and going that extra mile.

They have also thanked everyone who attended the funeral for all their kind words and support. Thanks also go to those who have given so generously to the Alzheimers Society and the Firefighters Charity, with donations still coming in.