Erve passed away while in hospice in Melville.
What an amazing friend, pianist, fellow congregant we had in Erve. This special man had been struggling for a while since his heart operation back in November. He was a longtime companion of Barbara and we miss seeing her too. Erve, what a pleasure to know you. He touched so many people in his life. We will miss him dearly. Thank you to all the people who reached out and made his last few months more comfortable. There will never be another Erve.
Friends are saying: After hearing Erve's magic fingers cavorting on the piano keys you would never guess that he was a university-trained engineer. But music was his life, and we all profited from it.
He also was always ready and willing to help anyone who needed it. You all know how dependent on him Barbara Donovan was. Also he used to visit with Irene Morris's mother and took her wherever she needed to go. And many times he baby sat Karyn O'Beirne's dogs when she and Joe were away. ~Milt Schneider
I will always remember Erve sitting at the piano, making those wonderful rhythmic beats embellishing whatever he was playing as only an artist can or reading one of his poems. His artistry shone through whatever medium he chose as did his natural goodness of spirit. He is already missed. ~Karen Schulte