Erik

July 16, 1990 ~ April 20, 2020

Born in: California
Resided in: Redondo Beach, CA

Erik Bradley Wilson

July 16, 1990 – April 20, 2020

God has him in His arms, we have him forever in our hearts.

The joy and happiness Erik brought to our lives cannot be expressed. In his time here on Earth, there was never a dull moment with him. He had a million-dollar smile, a contagious laugh and taught us all to live life to the fullest.

Erik was born with an easiness and natural curiosity about everything in life. As he was growing up, Erik loved school. Math, history and science were his favorite subjects. He was creative and artistic too. He appreciated art and photography. During his lifetime, Erik had many dogs and cherished them all. He had a sweet tooth and enjoyed baking. Of course, he liked the batter more than the actual baked creation. He was a lover of bacon, BBQ’d steaks, and Phanny’s breakfast burritos and ate one almost every weekend. Mostly, Erik loved being active. He was passionate about sports and played on youth football, baseball, and soccer teams. In his free time, Erik was biking on the strand, mountain biking down the top of Mammoth Mountain, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, climbing (too high for parents to watch), jumping off bridges into bodies of water below (again, too high for parents to watch), camping, fishing, hiking, surfing, and paddle boarding; basically, anything to do with being outdoors. Erik was competitive and a leader in everything he did. He even took the game of ping pong to a whole new level. In summer, Erik always looked forward to the Junior Lifeguard program where he developed a love and skill for paddle boarding. At 14, he was the United States Paddle Board Champion for the 18 & under division. That same year, he went on to earn 2nd place internationally and, along with his dad, took 1st place in the father/son competition in Oahu, Hawaii. Erik attended Redondo Union High School and was on the football, baseball, and golf teams. As a three-year varsity quarterback, he and his team took the Bay League Title in 2007. He also received many academic and athletic awards, as well as scholarships.

Erik attended University of Washington and earned his degree in Business Communications while playing football for the Huskies. He loved public speaking and brought a sense of humor when asked to speak. After graduation he worked in the medical field before discovering construction. He enjoyed the engineering, building, and the creative part of it and was just about to move into a construction management career. More important than all these accomplishments, was Erik’s charisma. He always made everyone feel comfortable when he was around them and looked out for others. Erik was a “hugger” and greeted everyone with a warm embrace whether he knew them, or just met them for the first time. Right now, our hearts are in a million pieces and we will miss Erik, but we take solace in knowing that God needed him in heaven.

Friends and family can gather June 27th at 9am on Torrance Beach (in front of Perry’s Café) for a Celebration of Life to honor Erik. The beach, and everything it has to offer, was always a special place for Erik. There will be a ceremony followed by a memorial paddle out. All are welcome to join us for the paddle out, or simply watch from shore. Attire is casual. Torrance Beach Parking Lot is cash only ($7).
Please bring a towel or chair to sit on if you think you’ll need them.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent to Concussion Legacy Foundation at https://concussionfoundation.org/give-online  CLF co-founded, along with the Veteran’s Administration and Boston University, the VA-BU-CLF brain bank, the world’s leading CTE research program.

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Life Celebration: June 27, 2020 9:00 am

Torrance Beach
201 Paseo Del La Playa
Torrance, CA

310-792-7575

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  1. candle 6Dear Wilson’s,

    My heart and prayers are with you. I pray the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will be with you throughout your life. You raised an amazing son that you can always be proud of and he will never be forgotten! I love you guys and my heart is with you, love Joe

  2. Dear Wilson Family,
    I pray everyday that you will find peace in your hearts very soon. I know that these past few weeks have been extremely difficult for all of you. I will always remember Erik, will miss him, and I will keep my fond memories of him close to my heart. Until we meet again….Rest in Peace Big E.
    Love,
    Danny

  3. candle 6Dear Wilson Family,
    I know the love you have for Eric and for each other will get you through this incredibly tough time. We all loved Eric, he was such a competitor, I love the way he played QB1, the boy could toss it! I love you guys forever! Matt ❤️

  4. candle 4Erik was one amazing young man! I know he’s watching over you and your family. Our hearts are broken and he will be deeply missed. God bless.

  5. candle 1To the Wilson Family,
    Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to you all. Eric was always one of my favorite people, always a smile a laugh. Just a great person to be around. Watching him grow up he was always an adventure to be around, A Great Athleate, a Better Son and Friend. E-man we will miss you forever. Rest In Peace

    We Love You All

    Greg, Colleen, Taylor, and Kolbie

  6. candle 6Erik with a “K” The sound of his skateboard, on the sidewalk, going down the street….the Vanagon announced his comings and goings…the cookies the girls made him, all so well received ❤️
    He would eat the banana bread as if it was a breakfast burrito 😊
    The football games, his charismatic smile, all the lovely memories will be with us forever 💙
    Sending lots of love always,
    The Brightwell’s

  7. Dear Wilson Family,
    Eric was such a dynamic, bright beautiful person and his memory will live on. I remember that each time I interacted with him, he had the biggest, warmest smile and such a positive, enthusiastic energy.
    We pray for your family daily and hope you find peace. Love you so much.
    Xo
    Jen, Matt P and P Minich

  8. Erik’s light will burn indelibly in my heart and in my mind until I meet him again in heaven. I have so many happy memories of our kids playing together when they were little. I love your sentiment that God must have needed him in heaven because I do believe that everything happens for a reason even if we can’t understand it right now. I will send memories to share at the celebration service and paddle out. I wish I could be there, but I have been thinking about you and praying for your family and all your friends who are grieving the loss of a life gone too soon. May God comfort you and help you all find ways to fill the hole in your heart,

  9. candle 1My heart is broken with and for you and your family. Anyone can see Erik was, is, and always will be so very loved. That is a beautiful thing, though I know that is exactly what makes this such a deep loss. This is a beautiful tribute to your beloved son, and I am so glad you can honor him in this way. <3

  10. candle 7Dear Wilson Family … my heart goes out to you all … I cannot explain why you have to endure such profound sadness… I do know that you have a loving Heavenly Father that will carry you through this difficult journey.. He understands what it’s like to lose a Son too … May the Holy Spirit fill your mind , body and soul today and into eternity where you will be reunited with your son forever in Paradise… God bless you and your family…. love the Scott family

  11. candle 4Dear Wison Family….
    It is with all our love that we remember Erik and you. Our prayers remind us where he is and that we will see him again some day! I also pray for your strength and peace. Some much love for him also comes from everyone who knows what an awesome family the Wisons are. We will see you on the beach. Love, The Adaza’s

  12. candle 3Dear Wilson Family,
    You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Time can only heal your hearts but it will never take away your memories and the love that you have of and for him. Sending you love at this difficult time.

    Mark, Joy & Courtney Hill

  13. candle 7Dear Wilson Family,
    I never had the priviledge of knowing your wonderful Erik, but I know the profound, eternal love you have for him, because I am a mother and a sister. As you said, God has Erik. May God remind you of that every day of your lives until you are with Erik again.

  14. Dear Wilson family:
    Erik was a beautiful gift, his wide smile, adventurous spirit and genuine good cheer always filled a space with joy. People were drawn to his friendly, funny, smart outgoing personality. We pray that you find solace in fond memories and in the love and support of friends and family. With love,
    Roberta & John

  15. candle 6Unexplainable loss, explainable love, Indescribable pain, bountiful mercy. We hold our children’s hands but a moment but their hearts forever . I pray your hearts are full with the knowledge of The Promise of eternity forever together In His presence. We will be there to celebrate this precious life –
    Your baby Erik Bradley Wilson! We love you ❤️

  16. candle 7Dear Wilson’s – Erik’s passing is such a heartbreaking loss, but knowing that he’s resting with our Heavenly Father brings a measure of comfort. The world was blessed to have had Erik for the time he was here – and your warm memories of him will abide forever.

  17. Lorri and I are so sorry for the loss you have suffered Monique, Brad and Danielle. I was fortunate to work as Brad’s partner for several years, as we both were raising kids, including 3 sons at the time, we had many talks about family. I know Brad and the Family are hurting grievously and missing Erik in an unimaginably, painful way. I recall as my son was leaving home for an extended period of time that Brad mentioned how he could not stand not having Erik around for such a long time, I have been thinking about those words of Brad’s a lot lately and they perfectly sum up his closeness and love for Erik. Our prayer is that Brad, Monique and Danielle are comforted by their many, now treasured personal memories of Erik and by the remembrances of friends and family as they live the tough season that lay ahead. I also remind the family of the promises in Scripture that can be helpful when no words from people can help, for instance: Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  18. candle 6Our hearts are just broken for you. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you. God has another beautiful angel. Too soon in our eyes but God must have needed him.
    God Bless you,
    Jerry and Tamie Mancini

  19. Oh Monique-
    There are no words. We just want to send you and your family our deepest sympathy and prayers🙏.
    The Costelli Family

  20. candle 4Wilson family my heart is broken for the loss of your son. There are no words that would lessen the pain, just know your family is in our hearts♥️
    Kathy Stein and family~

  21. candle 1I have so many wonderful memories with Erik. Hanging out with Danielle, Monique and Brad celebrating birthdays together, playing games, hanging at the beach or home and eating mexican food together. Anytime I was with you all, there was such love in the room. Danielle and Erik were especially close and just had such a special, close and loving sibling bond. I’m really grateful that I got to see Erik over FaceTime recently, he got to meet Mark and we got to tell him that we loved him. The Wilson’s are my second family and we love you all so much and send so many prayers your way. May Erik’s love always support and guide you, and may you find comfort knowing he is with God and is your angel. Love you my prana family❤

  22. candle 1You remain in my prayers for peace, comfort, and healing. God sees you and hears you. May you feel His presence beside you, and may it give you hope for the day you will see Erik again in heaven.
    With love,
    Patti Linnett

  23. Monique….. please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this extremely difficult time. Sending you our love

  24. candle 6Wilson family… I didn’t know Erik but I know you, and I know how much we love our children. I was so sorry to hear the news of your loss. Treasure all of the memories, his smile, his talents, and all the little things in between, for that is what will get you through the tough times. What a beautifully handsome young man, may he rest in paradise.

  25. candle 4My warm thoughts and prayers go out to you Danielle and your family!
    Rest knowing he’s in God’s presence, standing on the beaches of heaven, watching the next perfect wave roll in. 💕

  26. candle 8My heart is so sad to hear this news! I have such fond memories of your sweet young man Eric- whenever I would see him, he always had that great smile and a hug to share! My prayers for your family will be ongoing for your strength and Gods healing hands on your beautiful family. 🙏Love to you all, Erin Preston

  27. Our thoughts are with the Wilson family at this tragic event. Erik was such a treat on the baseball field both at Redondo Sunset and at Redondo Union High school. I will always remember his positive attitude and his incredible sense of humor. Here’s to you “E”. May you Rest In Peace..

  28. candle 7Dear Wilson Family We want to give you Our Heartfelt Love and let You know we are with You in Thought…… May his Memories bring you healing and Prayers for Peace and Comfort… We Love You and You know You can contact Us at Any Time…….<3

  29. candle 7To the Wilson Family
    Our Heart Breaks with Yours, Our Prayers are with You all
    May the Memories you hold onto be cherished and May You find Peace and Comfort in Family and In Friends……
    We Are Here For You Anytime and All Of The Time
    Love to You All

  30. candle 7Erik, you were such a light while I knew you in HS. Soft spoken, sweet, a talented athlete and incredibly handsome. ❤️ May you Rest In Peace and be missed always.

  31. candle 2We are so saddened to hear about Erik. He was such a delightful young man! Watching him grow into the man he became was such a pleasure. I learned early on that he loved climbing everything with Bryan. And if he cried, which didn’t happen often, there was something seriously wrong!
    Sending loving hugs to you all.
    Liz Cook

  32. I am so sorry for your loss, I can’t begin to imagine the pain of such loss and I am praying that somehow God will comfort you all.

  33. Wilson Family
    We have been thinking of you all over the last few weeks and have been praying for strength to guide you through this time. We remember Erik from the Alta Vista baseball/softball days as such a fun-loving young boy and to hear of all of his accomplishments shows what a dedicated, fun-loving, and wonderful young man you raised. I can’t imagine the pain and sorrow that has filled your hearts…… but I hope that God will grant you peace and strength in the coming days. God bless you all…….💔

  34. candle 4Monique, Brad, and Danielle,
    I will always remember Erik and his impish smile and his sense of fun. Our hearts grieve for you with his passing.
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.
    Cathy and Jerry Heffernan

  35. candle 4We was more then teammates and at time more then friends. We would fight like brothers but we love each other even harder. You will be missed.. Love you

  36. candle 7Sending love and prayers from the Bowman family to all of you in memory of Erik.
    Our love and prayers are with all of you 💙🙏

  37. Dear Monique, My soul is heavy in loss for your family. I’m sending love and light to you all. I am so very sorry…

  38. candle 2Monique, Brad, Danielle,
    My words will be inadequate to express the love and sorrow I feel for you at this time. You will be forefront in my thoughts and prayers for some sense of peace as you continue in this world, awaiting the time until you are reunited. His spirit will never be gone from you during this time and I believe it will be an ever present companion and guide throughout the rest of your days as a sign of good and a promise of eternity. Love IS eternal. God bless you.

  39. candle 7I have so many wonderful memories with Erik. I’m sending so much love and prayers for your family💛

  40. candle 8Brad,
    My heart is breaking for you and your family. Sending positive thoughts to help heal your heart.
    Love, Val

  41. candle 8Brad,
    My heart is breaking for you and your family. Sending positive thoughts to help heal your heart. I am so very sorry
    Love, Val

  42. candle 1Dear Wilson’s,
    While I never had the pleasure of meeting Erik I know what a special person he was by the way you talked about him. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Diane and Rob

  43. candle 2To the Wilson family

    I am sorry to hear about Eriks passing. I know time may heal and time may make things harder. Wish I could have know this side of the family more and only just finding everyone now. My dad George passed 3 days prior to Erik and in these tough turbulent times family is what is needed to hold and mend things together. Please keep best memories and all the good times alive and never give up.

  44. candle 6Wilson family,
    There are no words for the sadness and sorrow for your unimaginable loss. Our hearts ache for you all. He will always remain in our memories. God Bless your family through this sad and difficult time.
    Love Dean & Tina

    • candle 4Brad and family,
      I’m so sorry to hear such tragic news our deepest condolences may God give you comfort in knowing that he is in Heaven..Love you…

  45. Wilson family, I am so sorry for the tragic loss of Erik. I was blessed to have watched Erik play high school football many times. He demonstrated his leadership, competitiveness, athleticism and his true love of football. He definitely had a love for life and people. His smile is something I will always remember. His ability to speak in public obviously came from Monique.
    I hope you will be comforted in fact that he is in the arms of Jesus waiting for you. Love, Mike Browne

  46. candle 7Forever in my heart. Erik was such a good person. I had the privliage. To go to high school. And play football with. Him. Always. A motivator and. Always. Made me laugh. Just a good guy all around. My heart goes out to the wilson. Family.

  47. candle 1Monique and Wilson Family – There are no words to describe your feelings and loss of Erik but I know you all will eternally celebrate this wonderful young man and all of the joy he brought to you throughout his lifetime. My deepest sympathy, prayers, and above all else, love to you all during this most difficult time.

  48. candle 4Sending lots of love to the Wilson family. Erik you are gone way to soon my friend but you will never be forgotten. As a fellow Sea Hawk / AHF Alumni and AV staff member my condolences go out to the RUHS / South Bay Community, your friends and family. Always full of life and laughter. Rip my friend. -Kelsey

  49. candle 7Erik’s charisma was incredibly infectious. I was fortunate enough to know him through high school and after college. He told great stories and had lots of them. He made all the people around him feel important and was genuinely interested in what they had to say. He was a natural leader. Though I’ll miss seeing Erik on the strand, I’ll have great memories of him forever.

  50. candle 8Brad, Monique & Danielle,
    Take comfort in the Lord knowing that Erik is playing ball in Heaven! The kid was a leader in the locker room and field at Parras- some of my best memories as a teacher. A smile with a memory of Brad & Erik at the Redondo Baseball Alumni Game! The pride he brought to Alta Vista as a QB for the Huskies! Love & strength to your family. May God be with you in this time of Healing.

  51. candle 1Brad, Monique, and Danielle:

    I can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please know that I am thinking of you and praying for whatever comfort is possible. Erik’s life was far too short, but it’s clear from the beautiful eulogy above (and from the well wishes by friends) that he made a big impact. May you gain strength from the support of family and friends. May you feel surrounded by love from memories of Erik and from his spirit – both of which are never far away and can never be extinguished.

  52. So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Erik sounded like an amazing boy and young man. I can only imagine what you are all going through right now. Prayers and thoughts of healing and peace to you.
    Kirsten, Bob, Bobby and Quinn Leetch

  53. Erik was my student at Redondo. I remember him very well. My deepest condolences to all of you during this very difficult time.
    Catherine Horzen

  54. candle 6Monique, Brad, and Danielle,
    My heart goes out to your family. Your family has been in my heart and prayers.
    I only met Erik once and he made such an impression on me…such a sweet, kind, and gentle soul. Monique, I feel like I knew him through all your loving stories about your family, as only a Mom would share. Your face would light up when you shared about your kids.
    I will continue to pray that angels comfort you, whether they are friends or from above.
    Hugs and love

  55. candle 1Monique, Brad, & Danielle,
    Our hearts are so heavy for you. Although we did not know Erik well, his bright light so clearly shows through all the pictures and wonderful words. May his memory bring you peace in time – you are all in our prayers 💗

  56. Brad & Monique, I cannot imagine your grief over the loss of your son, I’m sorry I hadn’t heard sooner, I just heard about your beautiful son Erik. I’m so sorry. Sending you love and prayers and your family will be in my thoughts… I have no words.

    Love you guys,

  57. candle 4Heaven has gained an Angel🌹
    Your shining spirit shines on, thru all those whose life you touched.
    Blessings to Monique, Brad, Danielle, and all of your
    extended family & friends 🙏🏻
    The Foster Family

  58. candle 4Monique, Brad and Danielle,

    I’m a little behind the times but I am so sorry to hear about Erik. He was a great kid and I loved watching him play football at Redondo. I’ve heard so many great stories about him and I hope all those memories will help ease your pain. May God be with you.

    Donna Pattillo

  59. Brad, Monique, Danielle,
    We are so very sorry to hear this news.
    We are thinking about the Wilson family.
    God Bless you !
    Michael and Cindy Mendoza

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