In Memory

Eric McGaw

While Eric lived most of his life in India, he passed away in the Philippines on March 2, 2016 from an apparent heart attack. A very creative person in deed, he will be missed.


From Harrier Magazine (cover photo here), 


A Tribute to Eric McGaw


Sweet Chariot finally carries Digit home

It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the demise of Eric "Digit" McGaw, a dear friend and founder of the Hyderabad Hash House Harriers (H4), his pride and joy, which he built, nurutred, mentored and fussed over like a mother hen

A larger than life personality, whose enormous frame hid a heart of gold, Eric's few "faults" included his unending and immeasurable generosity, and his total lack of spite or revenge.  His boundless energy, his enthusiasm, his skill as a raconteur and his witticism are of course legendary.

Eric's family was the most important part of his life, and we sincerely and deeply console with his wife Elena, and children Tucker, John and Rachel.

H4 will hold a memorial run on 3 April at which we will fulfill Digit's wish by mixing his ashes in the marking powder, and setting the run through some of his old stomping grounds in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.  All are welcome.

We will also be conducting a memorial meeting, not to mourn, but to celegrate Eric's life (as we are sure he would have us do) on 5 April (venue and time yet to be decided).  If you cannot attend this memorial we would appreciate messages from you ASAP, which we will read out at the meeting.

On Home Digit.

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03/05/16 11:43 AM #1    

Peter Woodruff

Eric was my oldest friend. I will miss him dearly. I'm glad I got to see him last year when he came to Maine. 

Peter Woodruff

03/06/16 09:21 PM #2    

John Krueger

I wish I could have visited eric when he came to Maine. Eric was someone I enjoyed goofing with in boring classes. I remember the nerdy signs he snuck on the back of my shirt that I would later find "Kroog is an idiot". I am truly sorry to hear of Eric's passing. 

03/07/16 06:56 AM #3    

Kenneth George

I knew Eric since my youngest days at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham.  His whole family was unique.  Some of my favorite memories are of the jokes he was constantly playing on me and others,  Harmless, funny and silly stuff that made it so you just couldn't take yourself too seriously around him.  We used to spend weekends on The Cape just finding beaches to play on and parties to crash.  He was a hysterical Boy Scout scribe.  When he read off the minutes of the last meeting they were all filled with jokes about various scouts and fathers in attendance.  The world is a little bit emptier without him.




03/14/16 12:59 PM #4    

John Hubley (Hubley)

Bang the drum slowly, dude.  This year's fireworks at Casa Hubley are for you!

07/31/16 08:54 AM #5    

Anna Loring ((DiVecchio))

I, too, attended the Episcopal Church, and Eric and I were in the same youth group. I hesitated to post this, but I think this would make him laugh. We were supposed to attend an evening meeting on sex education, but we weren't that interested and skipped. We went to the drive in movie instead..thinking we were home free and wouldn't get caught, he drove me home and waiting on my front steps was Eric's Dad, Father John from the church and my parents... Caught....oh we're they mad at us, how could we do such a thing.... I don't think we took it too seriously, we thought it was kind of funny... Rest in peace, Eric..

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