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Eric Diener
(1969 - 2008)

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General Details

Name: Eric Diener
Gender: Male
Age: 39 years old
Lived: Wednesday, 19 February 1969 - Monday, 29 December 2008

My Story

 

" Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to even talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense."

-Rumi-

Eric Edwin Diener spent most of his life in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NC area.  He graduated from Chapel High School in 1987 and attended Appalachian State in Boone, NC. Eric loved the mountains and spent time in Boone and Brevard before returning to the Chapel Hill Carrboro area. After settling in Carrboro Eric worked at the Emerson Waldorf School as the business manager and impacted many children, parents, and teachers while there. From 2001 until 2004 Eric served as the construction manager at Orange Community Housing and Land Trust. He managed the completion of the Legion Road Townhomes in 2001 and managed the entire development and construction of the Rosemary Place Townhomes in Meadowmont in 2002-03. Eric was intelligent, curious, and thoughtful about his work.  He strove to improve the homes that were built to better serve homebuyers and he worked hard to ensure that the homes were well built and affordable.  After leaving Chapel Hill Carrboro Eric spent a year in Croatia before marrying his wife Laura Dominkovic and moving back to the mountains to settle in Asheville, NC. For the past four years Eric was a green home builder in Asheville and started his own business there, Solstice Building Company, two years ago. He was a wonderful, loving son, brother, husband, dog lover and friend to many and he left a positive and valuable impact on our world.  All who were touched by him were honored and will strive to make sure his vision and service continues to live on in the community.

Memorials gifts may be donated to Save the Children at www.savethechildren.org. To donate to a specific country, call 1-800-728-3848. Eric was dedicated to supporting countries in critical need, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, the Gaza strip, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Tributes from friends and family:

"You entered my life and evoked in me an eruption of emotions I never felt before."
"You surrounded me with unconditional love and security in this life we lived together."
"You taught me the patience and understanding necessary to make our marriage work."
"You were called away from me to another place far too early, but you left an everlasting imprint on my heart and my being."
"Rest in peace, my love! "  
Laura Dominkovic

“He was a wonderful, loving son, husband, dog lover and friend to many and he left a positive and valuable impact on our world.”
Pam and Tom Diener

“In many ways he was kinda like a big brother to me.  He was a few years older than me, and the way life would have it seemed like he would experience something first in life and then end up sharing those experiences with me.  And I was definitely always for the better because of it.”
Mick Daniel

“Eric put himself at service to people.  That took many forms, such as working to support a Waldorf School, mentoring a teenage boy in trouble, being engaged with so many community projects, living and farming in Croatia, becoming an exceptional builder, and being kind to his friends.”
Jeff Dotson

“Most importantly, Eric was always there for his friends. From a barn raising to a briss, Eric always remembered the importance of connection and community.”
Steve Bradley

“Our homeowners, staff and board, appreciated Eric’s diligence.  The Rosemary Place Townhomes stand as testimony to his skill and commitment to provide high-quality homes.”
Robert Dowling-Orange Community Housing Land and Trust

 “Everything just fell in to place but I think that's mostly in part to Eric.  I immediately felt so comfortable with him & trusted him thoroughly.”
Client of Eric’s building company.

“I appreciated his thoroughness, his hard work and his sense of idealism.”
Emerson Waldorf School

“Eric taught me about forgiveness, openness, community, and love. I am grateful for these gifts.”
Michelle Johnson

UBUNTU Eric.
I am because you are. We are a better community because you were part of our community.


 

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12/29/2011 How healing was it yesterday to dedicate a nature hike to Graybeard to your memory, enjoying its beauty a...
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Dear Eric, we think of you a lot!
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I've been thinking of Eric during the past 2 months because of a bike ride we took 10 years ago. I am in a wheelchair...
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We miss you and love you and hope to continue to feel your presence and gifts in our lives. Michelle, Bella, and Jeff
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I've felt you more around us and we have been thinking of you today, and each other day in this past year. Dear f...
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On September 26, you gathered us all again to celebrate who you were to us and how your spirit continues to be presen...
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Tvoj pepeo sad lezi u travi, na onom istom mjestu gdje su nasi preci brali kruske i hranili svinje. Tog zadnjeg dana...
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Praying you sprinkle stardust upon ur family as they drift off to Dreamland in search of you tonight ~Hugs sweet Angel!
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Eric, A reflection from the weekend of May 16th and being together with Laura, your parents, Erin, and your dear...
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On May 16, 2009 we gathered again to spread your ashes at Graveyard Fields. It was a truly amazing day, full of mira...
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Happy birthday Eric. I've been thinking of you today, and each day since you passed. I am remembering a surprise pa...

Biography

Fathers Name: Thomas Diener
Mothers Name: Pam Diener
Spouse's Name: Laura Dominkovic
Siblings Names: Erin Diener
City of Residence: Asheville, NC
Occupation: Construction
Marital Status: Married

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Date of Passing: 29 December 2008

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