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My friend Eric thank you for the great times we had together. Thanks for being a great friend. You will be greatly missed brother! Go Purdue!
Eric, I know I didn’t know you very well, but you were my cousin nonetheless. I hope you’re at peace, and feel the deep love your family has for you. We all love you.
Eric, I know we were not close as cousins later in life, but I was sad to hear of your passing. I can remember the first time I saw you as a baby when your Mom and Dad first brought you home. You were a very devoted son and grandson to Diane and Grandma Clark who would always talk about you with smiles on their faces. I have many fond memories of us as kids spending holidays together at Grandmas house, getting into trouble and climbing the apple tree in Grandmas back yard. My condolences to all family members and friends who knew him best. Gone way too young, you will be missed cuz.
Dear Eric, as your home care taker, and developed friendship over the years, I’m shaken by your sudden departure. Not aware, I stopped by your home on our scheduled monthly care visit. Pulled to your garage, unloaded supplies, and went to ring the back bell as always. The door patched up, bell missing, no prompt answer… Felt like yesterday we spoke. Chatting well too much every visit; going over scheduled time, like I cared, shhhh, obviously. Always laughter, mentions of visiting family home or away. Damn you could destroy a kitchen, and I could make it sparkle!! Haaa, we laughed about that too. Absolutely taken back that we’ll no longer greet one another each month. I’ll miss the loud bass system blaring (laughing in an adjacent room). Thinking about your kitty, trusting she is loved and cared for by family. Hope they have room for the endless toys, window hammock, oh my, you loved your new addition, a lot! Hugs Eric. Missed you are.
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Eric Jon Hayward, 46, passed away at his home on December 22, 2021, in Lafayette, IN. He was born May 26, 1975, in South Bend, Indiana to Gerald Hayward and Diane (Clark) Cunningham, who precedes him in death. After completing his high school education, Eric went on to receive his associate’s degree from Vincennes University and his bachelor’s proudly from Purdue University; working much of his life as a mechanical engineer.
Eric was an avid Purdue University fan, and loyal Boilermaker for many years, he also enjoyed cooking, as well as his truck, named “Anakin:” after his favorite series Star Wars. And while he had many joys in life, his greatest joy was the many shared memories and good times with his friends and family, who will all miss him very much.
In addition to his father, Gerald Hayward, he is survived by his sisters, Jessica Hayward, and Katie (Anthony) Graff; his aunt, Joyce Turner; uncle, Neil Clark; and uncle, William (Rosalee) Hayward; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Cunningham, as well as many uncles and aunts.
A Celebration of Life and gathering of friends will be held from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 2, 2021, at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eric’s memorial Cash App page “$ericsmemorial” to assist the family in defraying funeral expenses. Online condolences can be left to the family at www.tippecanoememorygardens.com. Tippecanoe Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with the arrangements. #IUSUCKS #BTFU
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