Eric Matthew Ford

February 6, 1978 - June 30, 2018
Eric Matthew Ford

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Eric Matthew Ford, 40, of Bradenton, died at home suddenly on June 30, 2018.  He was born in Massillon, Ohio on February 6, 1978 to his loving parents, Russell and Susan (Dyer) Ford.  Eric was a chef, a talented baker, and a DJ.  He loved singing and won competitions in his youth.  He was an Eagle Scout.  As a young teen, he was in an acting group (Born to Act) and performed in a singing group and individually performed a magic act.  He was as avid fan of the Ohio State football, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.  Eric never met a stranger.  He could speak to someone in line at a store and come out with a new friend.  He is survived by a large, loving family.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. click Donate to make a donation.


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  • July 06, 2018
    Mom and Dad says:
    Life is not the same without you The sun still rises in the east And darkness falls at night But nothing now seems quite the same Each day is not as bright. The birds still sing, the flowers grow The breeze still whispers too But it will never, ever be the same world without you. It’s so sad that you had to go Your leaving caused such pain But you were so very special And earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.

  • July 06, 2018
    Barbara VanSlyck says:
    Eric was a smart boy, eager to learn and participate in life. He was accomplished in acting, scouting, and magic early on and then being a chef and music became his passion. He was easy to talk to and I especially enjoyed the three months a couple of years ago when we spent many afternoons together. We would wonder the antique and used furniture stores and shared thoughts and laughter. His loss, for those who loved him is devastating. He left us too soon. Though we are sad we know he has no more pain and may now play his music in heaven. I will always love you Eric. Aunt Barb

  • July 07, 2018
    Mike Dyer says:
    The loss of such a young and vibrant life and member of our family is felt to the very core. Eric was my nephew and a part of my heart. He was bright and creative with so much to offer the world. We will miss you Eric but we know you are at peace and I thank God that we will see you again. "For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. I am comforted by these words.

  • July 31, 2018
    Brenda Bell says:
    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my condolences and just know that I am here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

  • July 31, 2018
    Lisa Davis says:
    So sorry for your loss...

  • May 08, 2022
    Mark Baker says:
    Eric was a friend and colleague and worked with me at my restaurant. I rarely saw him without a smile. My condolences to your family.