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Erskine Charles Wood
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In memory of
Erskine Charles Wood
Erskine Charles Wood Palm Springs - Nov. 7, 1962 - June 19, 2019 Erskine Charles Wood, of Palm Springs, California, died on June 19th, 2019. The cause of death remains under investigation. He was 56. Erskine was born November 7th, 1962 in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, graduating from South Eugene High School in 1980 where he was active in the school newspaper and yearbook as a photographer. He enjoyed music, and played bass in the punk bands "Null Set" and "Wasted Effort" during the early 80's at local venues while living at E-13. While working as a store manager at Play it Again Records, he grew a lifelong passion for collectible recordings. Seeking adventure and acceptance, he moved to San Francisco, California in 1983. After entering a lifestyle of recovery, he attended San Francisco State University, started a career in accounting, and developed his sense of self and community. Erskine (affectionately known as "Smokey") moved to Washington state in 1999, living in Blaine and Mount Vernon, where he ran his own business buying and selling music recordings and midcentury modern furniture and artwork. He had an eye for design and was enamored with the beauty of the period. In 2008, his love of Modern Design and Spanish Revival architecture drew him to settle in Palm Springs, California. He held a lifelong fondness for the Pacific Northwest and was an avid researcher and archivist of the Wood and Hoffman families. He was fascinated by the contributions of his family to the history of Portland and the Northwest, and constantly searched the internet for family memorabilia to add to his collection. "I'm so glad to have lived long enough to share in the joy… The circle of self, relationship, community, career, family. The circle of identity. I feel so fulfilled in this life." He is survived by his father, Erskine Wood II; his half-brother, Jason; his five half-sisters, Heidi, Sharie, Lorie, Sara, and Lisa; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his mother, Leslie (Burdick) Hauck. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at Noon at Wood's Folly on the Metolius River: 3101 SW Metolius River Rd, Camp Sherman, OR. In Erskine's memory, please think of him when you hear Sylvester's, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," a song he could never resist singing along with, the first song he remembers loving effusively as a gay man. Contributions may be made in his name to the Desert AIDS Project.
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Sunday, Sep 1
12:00 PM
Wood's Folly on the Metolius River:
3101 SW Metolius River Rd,, Camp Sherman, OR 97730
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In memory of
Erskine Charles Wood
Erskine Charles Wood Palm Springs - Nov. 7, 1962 - June 19, 2019 Erskine Charles Wood, of Palm Springs, California, died on June 19th, 2019. The cause of death remains under investigation. He was 56. Erskine was born November 7th, 1962 in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, graduating from South Eugene High School in 1980 where he was active in the school newspaper and yearbook as a photographer. He enjoyed music, and played bass in the punk bands "Null Set" and "Wasted Effort" during the early 80's at local venues while living at E-13. While working as a store manager at Play it Again Records, he grew a lifelong passion for collectible recordings. Seeking adventure and acceptance, he moved to San Francisco, California in 1983. After entering a lifestyle of recovery, he attended San Francisco State University, started a career in accounting, and developed his sense of self and community. Erskine (affectionately known as "Smokey") moved to Washington state in 1999, living in Blaine and Mount Vernon, where he ran his own business buying and selling music recordings and midcentury modern furniture and artwork. He had an eye for design and was enamored with the beauty of the period. In 2008, his love of Modern Design and Spanish Revival architecture drew him to settle in Palm Springs, California. He held a lifelong fondness for the Pacific Northwest and was an avid researcher and archivist of the Wood and Hoffman families. He was fascinated by the contributions of his family to the history of Portland and the Northwest, and constantly searched the internet for family memorabilia to add to his collection. "I'm so glad to have lived long enough to share in the joy… The circle of self, relationship, community, career, family. The circle of identity. I feel so fulfilled in this life." He is survived by his father, Erskine Wood II; his half-brother, Jason; his five half-sisters, Heidi, Sharie, Lorie, Sara, and Lisa; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his mother, Leslie (Burdick) Hauck. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at Noon at Wood's Folly on the Metolius River: 3101 SW Metolius River Rd, Camp Sherman, OR. In Erskine's memory, please think of him when you hear Sylvester's, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," a song he could never resist singing along with, the first song he remembers loving effusively as a gay man. Contributions may be made in his name to the Desert AIDS Project.
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Memorial service
 
1
Sunday, Sep 1
12:00 PM
Wood's Folly on the Metolius River:
3101 SW Metolius River Rd,, Camp Sherman, OR 97730
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