Eric Porter Hasz passed away peacefully at the age of 51 years after an 8-month battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer at ThedaClark hospital near his home in Neenah, Wisconsin.
Eric will long be remembered for what he referred to as his “literal sense of humor.” He liked to interpret things for exactly what you said, not what you may have meant. Eric loved the game of golf, his long drive on the golf course was amazing for many to witness, and only if asked, would Eric freely share tips for someone else to improve their swing or other parts of their game. Eric enjoyed keeping his mind active by playing cards and games of all types. Frequently, he could be found playing cribbage, sudoku, Tetris, mine-sweeper or any other number of online games. In fact, Eric was often known for just destroying Tamara’s friends in the game “Words with Friends.”
Following the rules was a part of Eric’s being. Whether it was the game of golf, cards or other things in life, Eric believed in the process and order of the world. Eric believed in scouting, and although he did not become an Eagle scout himself, he supported everything in the process and the opportunities that scouting offers youth. His belief led him to co-lead cub-scout dens and then become Scout Master for all three of his sons’ Scout Troop 81. It was only when he was diagnosed that he had to step down.
Eric was a hardworking and dedicated member of JJ Keller & Associates for 17 years. He was absolutely dedicated to make things work, work properly and work consistently. Eric never liked the short cut; he would rather take the time to do it right and prevent the need to fight fires.
Eric liked his sports teams – forever a fan of his hometown Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies baseball, Milwaukee Brewers (except when playing the Rockies), Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Buffalos football, his Alma Mater University of Arizona football, in addition to the Wisconsin Badgers football (again, expect when the college teams played each other, then he was very conflicted).
And through it all there were Eric’s legendary shoulder rubs! He wouldn’t ask, he would just step behind and rub the shoulders of some lucky soul at a party. It was truly magic to have Eric rub your shoulders; his wife often says that was one of the reasons she married him. It was one of his many gifts and one that he didn’t mind sharing.
As Eric, his wife and his children navigated the path of a terminal illness, he was inspired to Live and with his wife adopted the mantra “Living Out Our Best Life”, no matter the amount of life that remained. Together in their marriage they had always kept the presence of mind to “find the joy” in bad things that would happen. So too was it during his illness. As he could tolerate, there were outings to sporting events, poker night with friends, dinners, scotch and bourbon tastings, parties and fun!
In the end, Eric chose to share one last time. He had discussed with his wife the desire for someone to learn something from this horrible disease, if possible. Therefore, immediately upon his passing, his whole body remains were donated to an organization that provides for research and medical training.
Eric leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, Tamara, and three sons; Porter, Padraig and Caruso, all of whom miss him dearly.
Eric his further survived by his father, Earl Hasz Jr. and his wife Mary Kay; in-laws Ron and Roseanne Gehauf; mother, Elaine Nixon; Stepsister Kathy (Mike) Hanak; stepbrother Kris (Holly) Hudson, stepsister Veanne (Eric) Anderson; brother Earl (Heather) Hasz and brother-in-law, Terrence Gehauf. Additionally, Eric also leaves behind the following nieces and nephews: Anne Hasz, Ethan Hasz, Abbey Marceau, Kendall Hanak, Karson Hanak, Cole Hudson, Kaden Hudson, Karis Anderson, and Monya Anderson. As well as the following Aunts and Uncles; Caroline Hasz Jackson, Lynn Hasz, Eloise (Kent) Petzold, Leslie (Larry) Rand, Dean (Vicki) Porter, Dawn (Muddassir) Khan.
Preceding Eric in death are his Grandparents Ruth and Earl Hasz Sr., Sylvestor and Anne Porter, and his Uncle Charles Hasz, Uncle Jim Jackson, and Aunt Faythe Wood.
Tamara would like to thank the great many doctors that provided care and treatment from the time he was diagnosed and throughout his treatment of cancer. Additionally, all the folks from the front desk, to scheduling and the nurses who provided such wonderful care for Eric and Tamara during treatments. Additionally, the hospice workers and nurses. For those of our friends and family members that supported us with unbridled and unconditional love and understood that they would never understand exactly what we’re going through. Lastly, to our amazing Neenah family – the friends who brought meals, rides for kids, cups of coffee, listened for hours, did chores around the house, helped, helped and helped some more; there are not enough ways or enough thanks that can be shared!
A GoFundMe was setup for the family titled Help for the Hasz Family.
Funeral services are May 12, 2022 at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St, Neenah, WI, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and services at 11:15 a.m.
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