Erik C. Redlich, 60, recently moved to Chester, CT died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at CT Hospice in Branford, following a motor vehicle accident in mid-August. He lived most of his life in Killingworth, and for the past 16 years lived in Madison with his wife Lucinda. He graduated from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music. A man of multi-talents, he pursued vocations as a math teacher, electrician, and photographer. He played the violin, and had a passion for classical music and photography, as well as tending to his impressive collection of begonias. After the death of his mother Elsa in 1969, he and his wife Deedee carried on Elsa's founding of the acclaimed Chestnut Hill chamber music concert series which ran for many summer seasons in Killingworth, and continues to be held each summer with great popularity in Guilford. Erik is survived by his father, Dr. F. C. Redlich and stepmother, Herta Glatz Redlich of Hamden; brother Peter of Los Angeles, CA; son Christopher and grandson of Running Springs, CA; stepdaughter Elizabeth Sheppard and step-grandson of Deep River. He was much loved, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. Arrangements under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Eric was a gentle, loyal friend who always greeted us with a smile and a friendly word. He will be missed.

  2. I loved my Father very much. I will miss him deeply. He was free from pain and at peace when he died. I feel he has moved on to a better place, and a new life. He was a special man of talent: teaching, photography, and care-taker of nature. May he rest in peace. -Chris

  3. I was saddened to hear of Eric’s death. He was one of only 14 in our 8th grade class at Killingworth Elementary School. He will be missed. Doug

  4. I will remember Erik as a loving, caring son, and for his frequent visits and outings with Dr. Redlich and Herta. With deepest sympathy to the family. Priscila Kerson, Receptionist at Whitney Center

  5. Pretty much everyone I’ve ever known would consider themselves unpretentious. But almost each one of us is as pretentious as the next. One of the very few genuine exceptions I’ve known in my life was Erik. By virtue of nothing more than who he was–not what he claimed to be–he outclassed those concerned with class and outshone those who live to shine. By rejecting the fabricated importance of others, Erik himself was far more important than he realized. A fine and rare treasure, he. I am truly blessed to have known and loved him.

  6. You were coming to Maine to visit us, sorry we didn’t get to see you one more time. Thanks for being a good friend & influence on our lives.

  7. I knew Erik at the Putney School. What I particularly remember about him was that, despite having taken up the violin relatively late in life, he announced to the world his intention to be a concert violinist. I lost touch with him, but thought of him today as I listened to a few bars of the Prokofiev second violin concerto, which we both enjoyed (Heifetz!), and looked him up. Reading this page, I sense that he had a good life. Bravo, Erik!

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