It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, Eric D. Sosa. He was 30 years old.
Eric was a beautiful child, born peacefully at home on April 11th, 1989. His gentle soul and happy disposition were apparent, the moment you met him. His quick wit and unabashed sense of humor left us in stitches well into the night and into the next day after spending time with him. Follow the laughter, and you could find Eric, in any room or gathering. He could lift your spirit in a moment with his twinkling eyes and charismatic genuine smile.
Eric was an avid reader, having read all the works of our time, including the Bible many times over. Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice an Men, Shogun, Where the Red Fern Grows were some of his favorites. His library was vast, and included many first editions and collectors pieces. His esteemed opinion was that The Bible was the Greatest Story Ever Told.
Eric was raised on the Monterey Peninsula attending Del Rey Woods Elementary before relocating with his family to North County, where he attended Moss Landing Middle School. He finished up High School in Tracy California and earned "Linebacker of the Year" award playing football for Tracy High. His nickname was ButterCup on the field, and could often be seen carrying a coach or a teammate on his shoulders while belting out a girly love song. He had an angelic signing voice, which we enjoyed throughout his life.
Eric was employed at Monterey Mushrooms, he was well loved, and loved his work family deeply. In his off time he could be found ministering to the down trodden, delivering milk to local homeless shelters ( which he did weekly) supporting men through prayer at Victory Outreach. He offered pure love and Gods Word whenever he could. He opened his non-judgmental heart to whoever needed a hug, a word, an ear or a prayer.
Eric was a member of the Full Gospel Church of Las Lomas, where he was in steady attendance since his early childhood. Eric had a deep love for his church family and was not only known as a man of faith, but as a man of action, helping anyone with anything. Being a big guy, his was often called upon to do heavy work, and he did so with love and a smile on his face. Eric had no use for wordly possessions and was humble and kind, he was truly the richest man on earth. He was an exceptional son, brother, and uncle.
Eric is deeply missed and survived by his mother, Dianne Johnson, his step-father Mitch Johnson. His Sister Lindzey Sosa (Rebecca), his half sister Nikki Sosa, half Brother Robert Sosa (Lenore), his step-sister Kirsten Janni (Kumar). His sisters of the heart Renee Humes and Erika Humes, and the apple of his eye, his niece Mia Dianna, his nephews Max, Mayson, Stephen & Ryan. His Godfather & Brother in Christ Lloyd E. Humes.
He is also survived by his Great Aunt Mitzie Grillo, Great Uncle Sal Aiello (Sylvia) & Great Uncle Ed Nelepka, his Uncle Jack and Auntie GodMom Annamarie Aiello, Aunt Mary Reed (Todd), Aunt Susan Bell (Alvin), Aunt Sally House ( Nick), Uncle Tim Magdic (Paula), and 12 cousins. Also his Paternal Auntie GodMom Rebecca Reyes, 5 aunts, 5 uncles and 14 cousins and their families.
Eric was preceeded in death by his sister Ashley Sosa, his father Bobby Sosa, Nephews KiKi Sosa and Devon Rochelle. Grandparents Bert & Ruth Aiello, Great Grandmother Mary C. Aiello. Great Uncle Domenico Grillo & Great Aunt Josephine Nelepka Grandparents Ray & Olivia Sosa Uncle Joe Gomez, & Uncle Richard Gomes
Private family gravesite services will be held.
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