John Mutch forwarded the following obituary of Al Erickson, who passed away February 2nd. Al authored the Washington State Trade Tokens book and a recently-released one on Saloon tokens (not to be confused with the one by Fred Holabird which we recently reviewed). I'd written to Al asking for information about his book and now I know why he didn't reply. If anyone has a copy of Erickson's book, please consider writing a review for The E-Sylum. -Editor Al Erickson of Lakewood, WA, peacefully passed away on Monday, February 2nd, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Al was born on July 12th, 1939, in Tacoma to Alden and Alma (Leed) Erickson. He grew up in grew up in Tacoma before serving two years in the Navy. His 28 year marriage to Marie Barnreiter started in 1965.
Al was the epitome of a numbers guy who loved facts & figures, Sudoku, and yes even taxes. For many years he carried a pencil behind his ear on the off chance that a number would require his immediate attention. Al loved to travel. His family has fond memories of camping for weeks every summer all around the northwest. Picking cherries in Yakima, crabbing at Fort Flagler, and soaking up Harrison Hot Springs were among his favorites. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe with his sons on their “trip of a lifetime”.
Al enjoyed researching, writing about, and collecting tokens. He enjoyed the token community and all of the relationships he built over the years with that terrific group of guys.
To read the complete Tacoma, WA newspaper article, see: www.southsoundclassifieds.com/Obits/Listing.asp
Wayne Homren, Editor
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