Eric Charles AuCoin, 75, of New Port Richey, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 5, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Euclid AuCoin and Sadie LaFort AuCoin, and older brother Stanley, all of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is survived by his loving wife Rosalinde (King), sister Jeanne Smith Weinstein (Harvey), son Eric Charles II, daughter R. Michelle Balderas (David), grandsons Christian Balderas (Amber), Eric Charles III (fiance' Codi Beck), Joshua Jacob Balderas (Kayla), granddaughters Brooke Monee' Balderas and Hannah Renee' Balderas, and great-granddaughter Finnley Rose Balderas (Christian and Amber).
Eric was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. During his grade school years, his family settled in Newport News, VA. He and Rosalinde were married on March 16, 1963. The next year, Eric II was born. Three years later, daughter Michelle came into the world. Eric began to hone his skills in the radio industry as the morning newsman at WGH radio. He later would get into Christian broadcasting at CBN (home of the 700 Club) in Virginia Beach and was the manager of their radio station WXRI. During this time that, he and Rosalinde began to minister as a singing duet on Christian television as well as in churches. In 1979, Eric took a position at PTL in Charlotte, NC. They sang together on the PTL Club as well as ministered on and hosted the evening program, Campmeeting USA. Eric wore many hats at PTL including Executive Television Producer and Director of Music Publishing. He was even fortunate enough to win a Grammy as the Executive Producer for Bebe and Cece Winan's first album, “Lord Lift Us Up”. He and Rosalinde recorded the album “We Are One” which featured Rosalinde's most well-known song, “Jesus, I'll Praise You Forever”. In 1986, the family moved up to the Chicago area where Eric would serve as a producer at TV 38 (later known as the Total Living Network). Here, he would go on to win numerous Emmy Awards and Angel Awards for his excellence in Christian broadcasting. They also began ministering at First Baptist Church of Big Rock where Eric was an assistant pastor and he and Rosalinde were the music ministers. In 2012, Eric retired from TLN and he and Rosalinde moved to Florida.
Even in light of all his accomplishments in Christian broadcasting and music ministry, his most cherished titles were those of husband, father and grandfather.
Honey, daddy and grandaddy, we already miss you so much and we know we will miss you even more in the days to come, but we take comfort in the fact that you are no longer in any pain and that we will all see you again someday in heaven, hopefully sooner rather than later. You were and still are so deeply loved.
Viewing will be this Saturday morning, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 at:
Living Word Church
5151 Rowan Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Dobies Funeral Homes
New Port Richey, FL 34653