SLY, Eric Ross

Eric Ross Sly, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 8, 2021, with his loving wife Maureen (Monaghan) by his side.

Eric was born on February 6, 1940, in Neepawa, Manitoba. He was the eighth of eight children of Andrew and Violet (Stewart) Sly.  Eric grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba and has spent the past 55 years in Edmonton.  He spent 10 years working in the Canadian Military and later served as a City of Edmonton Police Officer.  He retired in 1987 after a successful career.  Eric was an entrepreneur at heart where he operated a catering company for nearly 40 years.

Eric is survived by his loving wife of 58 years; 4 children; daughter Colleen of Edmonton, son Dan (Carmelle) of Edmonton, daughter Lori (Doug) of Las Vegas and son Andrew (Norma) of Vancouver; special family friend Shawna of Edmonton.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren (Alex (Nikki), Nick, Matthew, Ashley, Caitlyn, Andi, Jameson and Evan); 2 great grandchildren (Mason & Emily); sister Wilma, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Violet, brother Raymond, sister Florence, sister Thelma, sister Hazel, brother Elwood and sister Shirley.

Eric’s Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas More Parish, 210 Haddow Close, Edmonton, on July 17 at 11 am.  Lunch to follow the memorial in the Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to “Villa Caritas – Covenant Health Foundation” or charity of one’s choice.  The family of Eric Sly wishes to thank Villa Caritas for taking such compassionate care of Eric over the past 4 months.

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210 Haddow Close NW, Edmonton, AB T6R 2P3

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Maxine Tariney

Dear Maureen and Family
Our thoughts are with you all in the loss of your husband, Dad and Grandpa. We had many great visits through the years, with lots of laughs, cards, and great meals. What great memories we have to cherish. Eric was a very special friend.
Love Maxine and Family

Rose Marie Basaraba

We have such fond memories of Eric during our active community league days and our many conversations with Eric at the local grocery store. Eric was proud of his family his presence certainly made a difference to all who new him. You both remained loyal to the community sharing a friendly smile and chat whenever we met. May Eric rest in peace and you, Maureen, find peace and contentment in yours. (Due to a conflicting family memorial service out of town, I will be unable to attend Eric’s service.) God Bless….

Gloria Gooderham

Dear Maureen and family,
We have so many happy memories of our times with you and Eric and all the children. We especially remember how kind and generous you were to have Cathy and Melinda for 3 weeks when I was in the hospital. That was when Andrew and Melinda were a few months old. Even then, you had time and energy to teach Cathy to ride a 2 wheel bike! Lucky we were to have you fir friends.
We’re so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing.
Sending you warm hugs,
Love Paul and Gloria

Gloria Zaharia

Our sincere condolences to Maureen and family. Your family was so good to us and our children so long ago, but we remember you and Eric very fondly.
Gloria, George, Chrissie, and Myron Zaharia

Mel/Pat Parkinson

My heart goes out to you Maureen and your great family. How the years pass and we all move on with our life’s. We will miss Eric who I use to call the big man.
You came into our life’s through your many friends and I can still remember the day you left for eastern Canada and we were your babysitters. What were you thinking leaving your children with this couple. Pat and I loved ever min and enjoyed your children in the short time we looked after them.
The times we partied with all your friends. They were great moments in my life. Coffee at Sears and lots of times with friends. I will cherish them for many years to come. So as tears run down my face I’m thinking of you all.
Eric will be missed.

Mel & Pat

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