HOMER – Eric Brandon Hesselgrave, 25, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born on May 21, 1984, he was the son of Richard Allen and Pamela Allen Hasselgrave of Homer. Mr. Hasselgrave was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sarah Allen.
Eric was our son and brother. He was uncle to one, nephew to many. But he was more friend and companion than anything to us. He amazed us with his numerous and various passions but understanding him fully evaded us. He could master anything he set his mind to and then discard it so easily for the next challenge. It was as if the mastery of a thing was too great a burden to bring along. Compassionate and giving, his Homer neighbors called on him frequently for “handyman” work and his company. Of late, he was a master craftsman at landscaping. Just yesterday he was that passionate computer gaming wizard whose teammates were from all over the world. Just yesterday he amazed us jumping dirt trails and now his bikes are repaired no more. He never stayed with something long. What drove him is a mystery to us. Now his jar of clay is broken. The treasure it contained is now fully redeemed. He goes where we cannot follow. We peer through a dark glass trying to see his passing but he is more blurred now. His insatiable inquisitiveness, that excelling nature and appetite for the “next challenge” can only linger in memory. His searching is ended. No more mysteries to uncover. Nothing of earth left him to master. There are no more challenges. Now he sees “face to face” the One Who holds all the answers, where the mystery is solved, whose very presence is challenge enough for Eric’s complex soul.
Survivors in addition to his parents include a brother, Gregory Aaron Hasselgrave; grandparents, Richard and Shirley Hasselgrave, Murrayville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. John Boyd officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, March 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.