FREMONT — Cooking, music, fishing, balloons.
These were just some of the many things in Eric Corcimiglia’s life that, for one reason or another, meant a great deal to him.
Eric’s life was cut short on June 4 due to a motorcycle accident.
Eric and his cousin, Kayla Corcimiglia, were just one month and nine days apart, with him being older, so they were “kissing cousins,” she said.
“There’s actually a video somewhere where we are probably 2 or 3 and I start crying because he wouldn’t give me a hug and kiss,” she said.
The two spent a lot of time together growing up, especially once Eric and his family moved to Fremont from New York.
In their younger days, she said, he enjoyed playing video games and the day he beat Kingdom Hearts in the basement was “like he won the lottery.”
“As we got older, we shared a huge passion for music,” Kayla said. “I can remember listening to Coldplay, Third Eye Blind and Counting Crows on repeat with him.”
The two would send new singles back and forth they’d found online to share.
Eric also enjoyed writing music.
They also shared a passion for cooking.
“We loved cooking together because we would never follow a recipe,” she said. “Everything we made together was completely from our heads. Some, actually pretty good. Others…well…”
Susie Redmond, the mother of his good friend Kyle Workman and Kyle’s brother Chad, remembered one particular day in 2007 she came home from a long day of work to delicious smells in her home.
“Upon opening the door, I was greeted by the aroma of pork chops and green beans cooking,” she said. “Kyle, Chad and Eric had been preparing a delicious meal for me. The smiles on their faces were priceless and the look of delight on each of them and how happy they were to surprise me with dinner brought me to tears.”
Eric and Kyle had been friends since the fifth grade.
Kyle said when Eric moved back to Indiana after working in Maine, they’d scheduled time to get together to catch up on life over a bonfire.
“I was out of town the day he was set up to come over and when I arrived home he already had a massive pile of fire wood that he cut up and stacked ready to go for that evening,” he said. “And we were sure to burn up every last piece of wood before we called it a night.”
Eric was the kind of guy, Kyle said, that would drop whatever he was doing to come lend a hand.
“When I think of the saying, ‘He’d give you the shirt off his back,’ I think of Eric,” he said. “Really, what it came down to was him having any reason to give a helping hand to a buddy.”
Ally Dunn is dating Eric’s brother, Brad, and said losing Eric has broken her heart just like it has for countless others.
“Eric was a big brother to me,” she said. “He always knew how to put a smile on anyone’s face and that’s my favorite thing about him.”
Three birthdays ago, she gave Eric a balloon that he still has.
“He loved to keep balloons until they couldn’t float,” she said. “For some reason this balloon is still floating in the corner of his room and it just brings joy to my heart that he kept it all these years.”
After graduating from Fremont High School in 2010, Eric went onto study at Ball State University. He worked for a bit in Maine raising salmon for Cooke Aquaculture.
Fishing was a big hobby for him.
“When extended family was in town, he was always there, or at least when he wasn’t fishing,” Kayla said. “He loved us very much. And we love him.”
Though some knew Eric to be shy, Kayla said that wasn’t the case with a few people.
“He always had a story he wanted to tell me about,” she said. “Something he did that he was proud of, like catching a big fish or something that he had seen and learned something from.”
The most hard working, selfless, humble, gentle person, Kayla said her cousin looked up to his parents with the most respect and loved his brother and sharing interests with him.
“I will remember all of these wonderful qualities he exuded each day and try to be half as good as he,” she said. “I will hold my memories close, but will keep my head up as I know he wants me to.”