October 17, 1944 - April 6, 2017
Gloucester: Eric J. Foell, 72, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 6, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Mary Ann Fisher Foell; his daughter, Christina Foell of Cleveland, Ohio; his son, Bryan Foell of Warsaw, New York; his step-son, Michael Vaden, of Huntington, West Virginia; his cousin Linda Croce in California. Eric’s family immigrated from Wiesbaden, Germany when he was eight years old. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended St. Ignatius Catholic High School; Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; and John Carroll University in Cleveland for his Master’s Degree in Biology. Eric joined the Peace Corps after college and lived in Malaysia for two years teaching biology and chemistry. He came to Virginia Institute of Marine Science to study for his PhD in 1975. Eric and Mary Ann met when they were both working for Virginia Institute of Marine Science, in Gloucester Point, and have been residents of Gloucester, Virginia since 1981. After VIMS, Eric went to work for Deep Sea Ventures as a marine scientist. Following this, he began working as an independent consultant. Most recently, Eric was a tax consultant with H and R Block in Gloucester. Eric was a member of the Board of Zoning and Appeals, and worked as a voter registrar for many years. He was a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration since the year 2000, was involved for thirty years and for the past several served on the Board of Directors of the Offshore Technology Conference out of Houston, Texas. For the past ten years, Eric was a member of, and judge for, the International Underwater Submarine Races in Bethesda, Maryland. True to his German heritage, Eric liked to brew beer, grow shitake mushrooms, forage for wild edible mushrooms, and of course, loved to eat. Eric enjoyed traveling and did so as often as the benevolent associations he was involved with required. Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor Wissing Foell and Henry Foell. Eric will be sorely missed by his very large family and numerous friends. There will be a funeral service and reception Wednesday, April 19th, at 11:00 am at St. Therese Catholic Church, 6262 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia. Reverend Mr. Jose Melendez and Reverend Mr. Miguel Melendez will be officiating. The family desires, if well-wishers would prefer, a donation to a favorite charity in Eric’s name would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. Please visit www.hoggfh.com to share condolences and memories with the family.
Gloucester: Eric J. Foell, 72, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 6, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Mary Ann Fisher Foell; his daughter, Christina Foell of Cleveland, Ohio; his son, Bryan Foell of Warsaw, New York; his step-son,... View Obituary & Service Information
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