May 1, 1959 - April 7, 2013
Eric Waisman, 53, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on May 1, 1959, in Galveston, Texas to Jane Barbara Atkins Waisman and Jerry Waisman. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Pacific Palisades, California and after high school, joined the U.S. Navy.
The Navy, capitalizing on Eric’s multi-faceted talents, tracked him directly into a high-tech career, training him to work in the Pacific Fleet at a very high security level on ships capable of launching missiles in the midst of the most chaotic attacks. Back on land, he taught this specialized knowledge in the Navy’s training centers in San Diego and Pensacola. Upon leaving the Navy, Eric worked for General Dynamics, expanding on his expertise in electronics for warfare. He then branched out into the budding cellphone industry, moving to Dallas in the mid-90’s to work in radar control tower maintenance for Nortel. He wrote manuals for the new industry, and was particularly proud of his de-bugging skills.
Eric was a brilliant and unique child from the get-go, speaking in sentences by his first year, and long paragraphs soon after. He initiated conversations with most anyone he crossed paths with in his early years, leaving in his wake a long line of charmed adults. At age 6, he did not color inside the lines, and this approach stayed with him for the rest of his life. Neither thinking nor acquiring knowledge in traditional ways, Eric read extensively, with deep knowledge in a range of scientific fields, music and literature – in spite of never graduating high school. His photographic memory allowed him to quote paragraphs from texts years after he’d read them, and to weave together unique perspectives from such memories.
The great joys of his adult life were his beloved daughter and her sons (his grandsons). He always said, if there was one thing he had done right, it was Mo, his daughter. Eric was caring, warm, resilient, loyal, brilliant, protective – he will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his mother Jane Barbara Atkins Waisman, his father Jerry Waisman, his daughter, Maureen Watts Waisman and her two sons Raiden and Korban, his partner of many years, Corrinne Yates, his sister Nina Waisman, his brother John Christopher Waisman and his children, his stepsister Sylvia Gale and his stepbrother Ezra Gale. His Dallas family includes his Aunt and Uncle, Terry and Harmon Cohen, his cousins Todd, Kipp and Jason Cohen. His East Coast family include his Aunt and Uncle, Susanne and Richard Atkins, and cousins Richard Atkins, Tom Atkins and James Atkins.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday April 13th at 12 noon at ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas, 75252
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to a scholarship fund being created for Eric’s grandsons, Raiden and Korban. Checks can be made out to Maureen Waisman and mailed to:
12828 Gillon Drive
Frisco, Tx, 75035
Interment with Military honors will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 17, 2013 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.