Eric A. Johansen, 60, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Friday, October 23, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a recent cancer diagnosis. He was a loving husband to Jacqueline M. (Comeau) Johansen for over 33 years.
Eric was born in New Bedford to Ronald and Beverly N. (Corrie) Johansen of Fairhaven, where he spent his youth. Also known as ‘Yo’, he graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School class of 1978 and then served in the Coast Guard as a Machinist until 1986. After living in Fairhaven for several years, he settled in Rochester with his wife and sons in 2001.
Eric was the Assistant Vice President of Terminal Ops and Special Projects for Global Companies LLC of Waltham, where he had worked for 35 years. He was a Master Mason at the Abraham H. Howland, Jr. Masonic Lodge AF & AM, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a 20-year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fairhaven, a past committee member and volunteer for the Rochester Country Fair, and a former Assistant Boy Scout leader for Rochester Troop 31.
He always made time to help family, friends, or anyone who might need a hand with just about anything. Eric loved to go sailing and lobstering in Little Bay, and spent many hours tinkering with his antique Farmall tractors.
He is survived by his wife Jackie; his parents; sons, Aren A. Johansen of Unionville, CT and Kristoffer T. Johansen of Rochester; his brother, David Johansen and his wife Nancy of Sebastian, FL; mother in law, Mary Comeau of East Freetown; a brother in law, Steve Comeau of East Freetown; two sisters in law, Joanne Gurney and her husband Mike of East Freetown and Jennifer Bigelow and her husband Scott of Denver, CO, four nieces, Renee and Nicole Gurney and Ivy and Leah Bigelow. Eric also leaves behind aunts, an uncle, several cousins, and many friends and colleagues.
In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated, and private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. A celebration of Eric’s life will take place in the future when safe and appropriate to do so. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to either of Eric’s favorite charities: shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of MA, www.hospicefed.org, or a charity of ones choosing.