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In Memory

Student Eric Spry passes away after short illness

February 23, 2011

Eric Charles Spry, a CSU sophomore majoring in Health and Exercise Science, died of pneumonia in Fort Collins on Friday, Feb. 4.

Eric SpryHe had been rushed to the emergency room on Thursday, Feb. 3, when he was experiencing abdominal pain. He returned again to the emergency room later that night when the pain continued to worsen. Eric was found Friday afternoon without a pulse and was rushed to the hospital one final time.  He was 19 years old.

Until attending CSU, Eric had lived his whole life in the Edwards area; he was a true mountain kid who loved running and snowboarding. While Eric ran track in middle school, he really started to love the sport when he started competing in cross-country as a freshman in high school. He eagerly attended summer afternoon trail runs with the team and tried to recruit anyone he could to take up running. A highlight of his year would be running the Bolder Boulder each May. Eric had recently trained for and completed the Boulder Half-Marathon, winning second place in his age group.

Eric fell in love with snowboarding in the third grade. He loved Colorado’s mountains, just as his father did. Eric’s father Stan passed away in 2002. When Eric was in sixth grade, he began assisting with Beaver Creek snowboard school classes and SOS groups. Through the help of his constant friend and mentor, Thomas van Cleave, one of Eric’s dreams came true when this winter he became a snowboard instructor himself for the Lionshead Snowsports School in Vail. It was very fitting that Eric became a children’s snowboard instructor because he had such a way with young children. Eric was looking forward to bringing his new friends from CSU up to the Vail Valley to ride the mountain with him.

Throughout his schooling, Eric’s name consistently appeared on honor roll lists, and he was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Battle Mountain High School Link Crew. His desire to help others and his interest in health and wellness led him to choose Health and Exercise Science as his major at CSU. Eric was a member of the Key Service Community during his brief time at the university. He was thoroughly enjoying his time at CSU, due largely to the support and friendships made possible by the closeness of the Key Community. His family will always be grateful for the university’s attempts, through the Key Program, to help incoming students connect and find a home at CSU. For Eric it really worked.

People close to Eric knew that he was unique in his genuine love and acceptance of others. He opened his heart to whomever he was with, never judging, always tolerant. His gift was to be able to love unconditionally, and his passing leaves a painful void for all who knew and loved him.


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