- Erik S. Townsend passed unexpectedly on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Portland, ME, at the age of 44. His family and friends mourn his sudden passing deeply.
Erik was born in Houston, Texas, on November 20, 1972, to Eugene "Tex" Townsend and Dottie Love. Soon afterward, he moved to the Bangor, Maine, area where he lived for the remainder of his youth. He was adopted by Pat and Eddie Taber.
Erik was a dynamic personality who commanded the room wherever he was. He loved sports, cooking, his close friends and telling stories. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Erik was predeceased by his birth father, Eugene, Grammies Hazel Merrill and Henrietta Taber and several aunts and uncles. He leaves behind his two wonderful children, Alex Townsend and Tyneesha Townsend and grandson Kendrick. Despite his personal struggles, Erik was extremely proud of these amazing young people. He is also survived by his adoptive parents Edna "Eddie" Taber of Brewer, ME, Patrick Taber (and wife Shari) of Bangor, ME, his brother Brandy Laws (and wife Linda) of Bangor, Grampy Norm Taber of Orlando, FL, and birthmother Dottie (Love) Hailu. He leaves behind step siblings Heather and Scott as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles. Erik will be dearly missed by his lifelong friend, Larry Sites, Jr. and Larry's family who Erik saw as part of his extended family.
A gathering of remembrance will be held at a time and place to be announced.
Published on  July 8, 2017