Thomas Eric Johnson
  • 45 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 16, 1967
  • Place of birth:
    Pensacola, Florida, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 22, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Columbus, Ohio, United States
Let the memory of Eric be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Eric Johnson, 45, born on March 16, 1967 and passed away on July 22, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Thomas Eric Johnson passed away at Mount Carmel West in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday morning of a heart attack.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, he was raised in Unionport, Ohio before settling in Columbus, Ohio. Eric was a member of Troop 192, Boy Scouts of America and volunteered as a member of the Unionport Fire Department.  He proudly served in the Pacific Region on the USS Jason as a United States Navy Veteran.  He spent many years as a little league baseball coach.  He was an accomplished vocalist and bass musician conducting performances all over the state of Ohio.  He was a proud owner and operator of his own business. 

Survivors include his longtime best friend and spouse, Sandra Johnson, his son, Joshua, and daughter, Erica.

Other survivors include his father Thomas Johnson, brother Troy (Tiffeny) Johnson, sister Laurel Soukup, nieces Allison Johnson and Paige Johnson, nephews Austin Soukup, Cody Clark and Kyle Blackburn, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by brian harlor on 22nd July 2017

"Raising a glass to this cool dude today.  Rock on brother!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Coil on 16th March 2017

"Happy birthday Eric. We all miss you. Brian so sorry"

This tribute was added by Tom Johnson on 16th March 2017

"Happy Birthday Eric, I miss you so much, I am having a hard time. I miss talking to you every morning when you would call me just to say hello. I hope I can be with you and your Mom. It just isn't the same anymore with out you here."

This tribute was added by Laurel Soukup on 16th March 2017

"Happy Birthday, Eric!"

This tribute was added by Laurel Johnson on 11th November 2016

"Thinking of my brother, Eric...on Veterans Day, 11/11/2016! Thank you, Eric, for your service in the US Navy! Eric was a true Patriot, and is missed dearly!"

This tribute was added by Steve Coil on 26th July 2016

"Hey Eric,Its Steve. I,m living in Montana by the Yellowstone River, wish you were here so we could catch some trout together. Miss You Cousin."

This tribute was added by Jessica Coil on 16th March 2016

"Hey Eric it's Brian just having a bday beer for you. Miss you"

This tribute was added by Erica Johnson on 16th March 2016

"Hey daddy, Happy Birthday. I cannot tell you how much I miss you. This year hasn't been the easiest but it's been getting easier. I have straight A's now, comparing to 3 years ago that's unbelievably amazing. I'm not shy or bashful anymore and definitely not afraid to voice my opinion like I was. I'll be 16 this year and it's going to be so strange because I'm going to be 16 without a dad while everyone can go out on there sweet sixteen with theirs. But it's okay. Because I know you'll still be with me, and I know that it's going to be better than last years. You should see mom, dad. She's great. She's so happy. I'm happy. But it's never going to be complete without you here. I'll be with you eventually though, and I'm going to give you the biggest hug you've ever seen. I love you so much.
From your daughter,
Erica <3"

This tribute was added by Laurel Johnson on 16th March 2016

"You showed me a lot of things,
I learned a lot I didn't know,
But you forgot to teach me one last thing
How to let you go.

I know you didn't mean to leave,
Sometimes we have no choice,
I miss being your little sister,
Hearing my name called by your voice.

I wish I got to say "I Love You"
Before you were given to the sky,
If God could grant me one last wish
I'd ask to say "Goodbye".

You always meant a lot to me,
I could never love you less,
I Know It's True When They Say

Happy Birthday, big brother <3"

This tribute was added by Lori Allender on 15th March 2016

"You're birthday is in a few hours, Buddy. I was crushed and broken hearted to learn that you passed away. I know you're in Heaven shining with your contagious smile and with a glint in your blue eyes. I've had some of my greatest times with you when we were in our teens. Lol. The special waterfall you took me to.....Listening to Rush...the VFD and the parades and the fairs when it was your turn to be there. Lots of great memories. Happy early birthday, to my first true love. Keep shining. I will never forget you. I never have. You'll always be in my heart, my friend. Forever. Love sent to you in Heaven"

This tribute was added by brian harlor on 15th March 2016

"Rock-N-Roll does not forget!"

This tribute was added by Tom Breckenridge on 13th January 2016

"Remembering my friend Eric today."

This tribute was added by Jessica Coil on 11th January 2016

"Always thinking of you. Miss you too much"

This tribute was added by Christian Jackson on 10th January 2016

"Whats up pops. Just wanted to swing by and say you got a great son. He's one of the best people ive ever had the honor of calling a bestfriend. Anyways rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Collina Boyd on 10th January 2016

"So glad got to meet Eric and his Family! Had a lot of good times!!!! RIP Eric!"

This tribute was added by brian harlor on 22nd July 2014

"Peace and comfort to all of Eric's family and friends as we remember him today."

This tribute was added by Laurel Johnson on 16th March 2014

"Celebrating my brothers life today, Happy Birthday Eric! - Love, your sister and friend for eternity"

This tribute was added by brian harlor on 16th March 2014

"Raising a glass today for a good friend.  To Eric!"

This tribute was added by Erica Johnson on 1st March 2014

"Dad, it's been two years, and it feels like yesterday that the entire incident happened. Josh has a girlfriend now. Her name is Kacey. You would really love her. She made my dream come true. You know how I have always wanted a big sister. Well now I have one. And mom. She is happy. So happy. It's like you wanted this to happen. So thank you.... I love you so much. But I wish it didn't happen this way. I knew it was going to happen, but not like this, not so soon. We have a new dog, her name is Abby. She is beautiful. God you would love her. I wish you can see her, I wish you can see Kacey, Mom, Josh, and me.. I wish you could come to my graduation, I wish you could be there for me.. I wish I could ask you questions that you never got to answer. I wish you were home. I love you and miss you. I know I could write endless lines about you. I just miss you so much and I pray that God has given you a new home to live in. I think about you everyday. And I will never stop thinking about you... ever..

This tribute was added by Linda Brancker on 27th July 2013

"It's been a year, and for you seems a lot longer since you saw him.
I miss a lot of your family, Mary Jane and Janet too.  They were so very special to me. You have a great family. Hold them close, be close, It does help. Hope to see you all at our reunion, its going to be in the fall this year."

This tribute was added by Mark Newburn on 23rd July 2013

"i miss you buddy"

This tribute was added by brian harlor on 22nd July 2013

"One year!  Man, it just seems like yesterday that Eric and I were kicking back playing some golf.  I miss those days!  May God continue to bless the Johnson family and friends and may the good memory of Eric continue to live on.  See you on the flip side brother!"

This tribute was added by Sandy Johnson on 25th March 2013

"To my one and only love. I keep asking why, but that question has not been answered yet. Maybe god needed the most awesome man in the world, and that would be you Eric. I can't explain how much I miss you Eric. You were such a wonderfull husband and father. Sometimes I still feel your presents, and that warms my heart. I wish you could come back home. Happy Birthday my love."

This tribute was added by Lori Whittaker on 18th March 2013

"To Eric's daughter, Erica:  Your beautiful birthday message to your Dad brought tears to my eyes.  I knew your Dad a long time ago..way back in elementary school.  I'm so sorry that you are going through the pain of losing a parent at such a young age.  My Dad passed away 6 months ago, and I'm 46 and I still cry everyday because I miss him so much.  I wish you peace, healing, and comfort."

This tribute was added by Erica Johnson on 17th March 2013

"Dad, it's your birthday. A lot of people were here. We all miss to you and I can't explain how much, but more than anything I've ever wanted. I just want you back...

This tribute was added by Laurel Johnson on 15th March 2013

"My favorite memories......Eric took me fishing, to Madison Lake in Ohio.  We had an awesome day laughing about how many fish we caught. I think about  us fishing at High Falls in Georgia and all the times he came to visit me, no matter where I was, in Georgia or Ohio. HAPPY BIRTHDAY my brother, I miss you so much! Celebrating your life, Love your sister and friend for eternity xoxo"

This tribute was added by Erica Johnson on 23rd January 2013

"I can't understand why God had to take him away from us, I have always wanted to know what it would be like to lose mom or dad... or even both. But now I wish I could reverse time and make it so that nothing had happened. So if I could ever see him, talk to him, or even finally dream about him, I will thank the Lord for letting me.
I will never forget you daddy... Your daughter... Erica"

This tribute was added by victor Cottrell on 31st October 2012

"I don't have the vocabulary to articulate the loss that I felt when I found out about Eric's passing. Eric was a unique individual that brought more to the table than he left with. We are all better for knowing him and less for losing him.


This tribute was added by Tom Breckenridge on 25th September 2012

"For some reason, it has taken me this long to say something here. I still dont know what to say except we all play a part in each others lives, according to Gods will and purpose. Eric has played his role in my life, and I will miss him forever."

This tribute was added by Tom Johnson on 13th August 2012

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A video that I took at "Little Rascals Bar and Grill" in Columbus, Ohio, of Eric playing with his band. Check it out!"

This tribute was added by Jodi Ault-Eick on 10th August 2012

"My deepest sympathy to Eric's family .  I have so many childhood memories of Eric!! Those memories were of many wonderful times in my life with great friends!!! He will forever be in my heart!!!  God Bless Eric's family!!!"

This tribute was added by Lori Whittaker on 9th August 2012

"I remember Eric from way back when.....we were in school together at Wayne Elementary.  I will always remember his kind sweet soul.
To Eric's wife, children, and family: I am so very sorry for your loss and I pray for your peace now and in the coming days.
-Lori (Newbold) Whittaker"

This tribute was added by Sherri Furda on 9th August 2012

"To Eric's wife,children,and family. We all had the pleasure graduating high school with Eric. He was truly kind to everyone. We are so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  
With deepest sympathy,

This tribute was added by Troy Johnson on 6th August 2012

"Sandy and I want to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for their kind words, stories and pictures you’ve shared with us about Eric.  We’re extremely grateful and lucky to have family and friends willing to express their love and kindness for him in such a way.  Our hearts go out to you.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by brian harlor on 6th August 2012

"A true example of a generous and supportive friend.  Eric will always be thought of and loved by me. The world is just too quiet without you here brother and I can't wait to see you agian."

This tribute was added by Carrie Eubanks-Harlor on 5th August 2012

"My deepest sympathy to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Sue Myers-Slabaugh on 4th August 2012

"My deepest sympathy to you and your family!  Heart breaking to hear this!  Readng some of these stories brought back many memories of growing up back in the Port! Our prayers are with you now and the days to come!"

This tribute was added by Troy Simmons on 4th August 2012

"As we get old the reality of life is hard to face. This is a sad time for all who new him"

This tribute was added by Jonathan Vandine on 3rd August 2012

"My dearest sympathy to everyone for the loss of Eric.  I share your grief as I have lost a very good friend. He has given me many memories that I will forever treasure."

This tribute was added by Linda Brancker on 29th July 2012

"To Tom and Family,
I was so sorry to hear this news. I only knew Eric through Janet and Grandma Mary Jane, but they kept me informed. Rest assured he is in Heaven with them, let that be a comfort at this terrible time,
We will have a family reunion in Heaven some day.
Love and Prayers to you all."

This tribute was added by Tom Johnson on 29th July 2012

"I don't know what to say, 2 in less than a year, I never thought this would happen, and now he is gone. I am going to miss him so much, the Steelers was our thing together and his music world. He was special to me, he was the first child, and now he is the first to go, life is not fair and everyone goes through it, I love you Eric Johnson..........Dad!"

This tribute was added by Kim Groves on 29th July 2012

"My thoughts & prayers are with your family. Very sorry to hear this."

This tribute was added by Melvin Eberwein Jr. on 29th July 2012

"In the short time you were in my life, I grew to love you as my brother.  Eric you were truely a friend and as a man you were the all american guy.  I know you are looking down on us  now and i want you to know your family is safe and my family will always be here for yours.
             Going To See You Again  Mel"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 27th July 2012

"Eric was my mom's and dad's first grandchild and my first nephew.  As a baby he was so bright and quick that he became the gage we used for all the kids in the family.  I close my eyes and see that laughing towheaded little boy running in the sunshine.  I know he grew up to be a loving and responsible husband and father, but in my mind's eye he will always be that beautiful little boy."

This tribute was added by Steve Coil on 27th July 2012

"Eric was my cousin. I would get so excited when he would visit us in Michigan. He loved to fish and was so passionate about it. He will be missed by all of us!"

This tribute was added by Roger Davis on 26th July 2012

"He was a man of great passion for everything he did, especially when it came to caring for family and friends. He was a brother in the fire service. You will be missed. I pray God comforts your family and friends."

This tribute was added by Laurel Johnson on 26th July 2012

"My heart aches today,  through the loss of my brother. My brother Eric was always there for me, through thick and thin. As his little sister, I always looked up to him and admired his strength, courage, and determination. He was always protective and caring of me, and that I shall always remember. I will always remember the good times and laughs he brought with him. I will miss him dearly!"

This tribute was added by bridget brown on 26th July 2012

"My deepest sympathies to Erics loved ones. My heart goes out to you all. I am so sorry."

This tribute was added by Troy Johnson on 25th July 2012

"This is a very sad day for everyone here. I hope that my words about my brother, Eric, will help alleviate some of your grief. I would like us to all share some fond memories and personal attributes throughout this memorial that made my brother such a wonderful person.

We'll miss you very much Eric."

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