Eric Wesley Soderberg – ‘Fritz’
July 3, 2009
Eric Wesley Soderberg, 50, of Aspen passed away June 29. Eric was born on March 3, 1959 in Grafton, Mass. to Wesley and Elsie Soderberg. Eric spent his formative years in Grafton and later attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
Fritz headed to the beaches of Newport, R. I. in 1984, where he resided for the next four years and earned his reputation as a charismatic bartender at the Ark and Clarke Cooke House. The West was soon calling and Eric packed up his car and headed to Aspen in 1988 to improve his parallel turns. Here, Eric discovered his passion for bikes and Craig Petersen of Ajax Bike and Sports gave him his start. In 1992, Eric cycled from San Diego, Calif. to Virginia Beach, Va. in one month.
Eric worked as a bartender at the Mining Company, the Caribou Bar and Eric’s/ Su Casa. Fritz had the ability to a convey a sense of ease and he made all feel welcome with his generous, gentle spirit, and his ever-ready smile. He was a wonderful and loving father, and the entire community of Aspen will miss him dearly.
Eric is survived by Pandora Soderberg and his two sons, Tucker and Durgan; his parents, Wesley and Elsie Soderberg of Milford, Maine; sisters Ellen Robie of Whitinsville, Mass. and Kjerste Gatsoulis of Boston, and brother Lars Soderberg of Orono, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends suggest donations to assist the family in this difficult transition. Contributions can be made to the “Soderberg Family Fund” at Alpine Bank. Please make checks payable to the “Soderberg Family Fund.” Monies can be dropped off at any Alpine Bank or sent via mail to: Alpine Bank, 600 East Hopkins, Suite 1, Aspen, CO 81611.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held in Herron Park on Sunday, July 5 at 3 p.m.
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