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Erik George Ross 

With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Erik George Ross French created a brilliant tapestry of memories that will never be forgotten.

The year 1941 is often remembered as a year that enveloped much of the world in WWII. The war forever transformed the landscape of the world, and numerous countries throughout Europe were left to rebuild their war-torn lands after the war’s end in 1945. It was amidst this time of great turmoil that a young couple from Dundee, Scotland, was able to shift their focus to a joyous time in their lives as they welcomed a baby boy into their hearts and home on August 29, 1941. Erik George Ross was one of two children born to his parents, George Ross and Margaret (Fox) French, and was raised in the family home alongside his brother, Philip.

After graduating from four years of college, Erik was poised for greatness. He spent his career working as a shot blast engineer in heavy manufacturing, working hard everyday.

Throughout his life, Erik’s journey was greatly enriched by the people and things he treasured. He was blessed with three children, Richard, Anne, and Douglas. Someone who was proud of his heritage, Erik was active in the Scottish Community of Milwaukee, especially in his involvement with the Scottish Pipe Bands. Later in life Erik was overjoyed to welcome three grandchildren into the fold.

Although the way before him was not without times of trial, Erik George Ross French made the most of the days he was given while deeply loving his family. He will be dearly missed and warmly remembered.

Erik George Ross French died on August 23, 2013. Erik’s family includes his children, Richard French, Anne French, and Douglas (Kate) French; siblings, Philip (Diane) French; nephews, Drew, Ross, and Kyle French; dear friends, Jane French, Patti Burns, and Ricki Bruening’ 3 grandchildren; and other relatives and many dear friends. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Erik’s life Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Ginger’s Restaurant 235 S. 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53204 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers send memorials to Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center 790 N. Van Buren Street Milwaukee, WI 53202. Arrangements provided by Suminski LifeStory Funeral Homes, Niemann / Suminski (414) 744-5156. Please visit where you can leave a memory or photo or sign the online guestbook.

Past Comments

Bonnie and David Semler

Dearest Jane, Annie, Doug, Phil and Diane: It is with great shock and sadness that we heard this morning of Eric’s death. I am so sorry and will be there on Thursday to celebrate his life. Warm regards, Love, David and Bonnie.

margaurite french

i am sending lots of love to Annie, Douglas and Richard you are in in my thoughts and payers ,my heart is sore for you all.

love you all your auntie Meg in Dundee Scotland. i will be thinking of you all on Thursday much much love to all

Tammy Jackson

Dear French Clan,

I am so sad to hear of Erik’s passing! I will be there Thursday to grieve and to reminisce with you. Though I didn’t have the privelidge of spending lots of time with Erik, I loved hanging out with him b/c he was so feisty. Much comfort to you all.

Laurie O'Boyle


You certainly were a character!! A feisty little bantam rooster with a Scottish accent. I shall miss you. My condolences to your family, Richard, Doug(Kate), Annie, Drew, Ross, Kyle, your brother Phil and all of your friends. Hope you will keep drumming in the afterlife!!!



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