1954 - 2009, Santa Barbara
November 6, 1954 - June 25, 2009
Our beloved brother, father, and friend Eric Schulenberg died Thursday, June 25, of a heart attack, at home.
Eric was born in Honolulu Hawaii when it was still a territory, November 6, 1954. Our Dad was a Navy officer so when Eric was young he lived in Texas, Maryland, Hawaii, and California. Our Dad retired in 1966 in San Diego and Eric enjoyed a great childhood in rural Bonita. He graduated from Bonita Vista High School, Southwestern College, and graduated in 1978 with a BS in Geography from Chico State.
He spent most of his working life in the Santa Barbara harbor. He knew and loved the Islands and was loved and respected by every one who knew him. He loved the ocean and surfed most days of his life. A childhood highlight was meeting Duke Kahanamoko.
He loved being a Waterman. He was totally at home at sea whether on a surfboard or one of his boats. He was a free spirit with a curious mind and a loving heart, which led to travels all over the world.
He was a talented self taught musician and played fiddle, piano, banjo, and mandolin to the delight of his friends and family.
He had two daughters, Amanda Katherine and Ava Rose, 16 and 12. He doted on his family and was immeasurably proud of his girls. He was preceded in death by our Mom Judy Schulenberg. He is survived by sister and brother in law Abby and Jurgen Kogler of Del Mar, and sister Sarah Miller of Greensboro NC; his father Dewey Schulenberg; loving nieces Hannah, Emma, and Carolyn and nephew Andrew, and Dr. Liz Kim.