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ANDOVER: Eric Stig Lundquist of Andover, age 64, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, from a cardiac arrest while riding his bike.

Eric was born in Worcester, Mass., the youngest of two children of Stig Lundquist and Vivian Lundquist who had emigrated from Sweden. He graduated Wachusett Regional High School 1968, graduated UMass Amherst with a BA in History in 1972, and received his MS in Journalism from BU in 1977. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Management with an Emphasis on Technology from the extension school at Harvard University.

He is survived by his immediate family, his wife of 36 years, Sherry; his children, Adam and his wife, Courtney, Jesse and his wife, Mary, Kate, Alex; and his grandson, Calvin. He also leaves behind his sister, Betty Beach and her husband, Chris, their son, Jed and his wife, Emilia and their children, Ray and Silas. He leaves behind his extended family of Mark Aronowitz and his wife, Liz, and their children, Dana, Jake, Annie, and Sarah; and sister-in-law, Lori Roth, all of New York.

Eric was known for his work ethic, integrity, love of family, and his care for the community. He loved biking, and went on long bike rides almost daily and participated annually in the Maine Lobster Ride. He was involved in community projects, including Andoverbike.org and Beyond Soccer, where he coached and advised youth in Lawrence about the value of community, fitness and building character. He also was on the boards at Youth Tech Entrepreneurs, the Massachusetts ESGR, Beyond Soccer, and the Shawsheen River Watershed Assoc.

He was a highly influential tech journalist and held a variety of positions in his career. His journalistic writing include the United Press, The Daily Transcript of Dedham, MiniMicro Systems, Electronic Business, Electronic Buyer’s News, Electronic World News, PC Week, eWeek, CIO Insight, and more. He also was the man behind the widely read Spencer F. Katt column. In addition to journalism, he wrote and published a novel called Red’s Query: A High Tech Mystery.

Eric held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career, including Editor in Chief at PC Week and eWeek, Editorial Director of CIO Insight, Senior Vice President of Editorial at Ziff Davis, Vice President and Editorial Analyst for UMB TechWeb, Content Director for New Media Productions at IDG, and Technology Analyst for Ziff Brothers of NY.

Numerous awards include a Neal Award, a Computer Press Association award, and a New England Press Association Award.

He was also awarded New England Newspaper Association’s “Best Story of the Year” for an investigative series into the local housing association as well as making an appearance on Marketing Computers “Most Influential Journalist” list.

A memorial service for Eric Lundquist will be held at South Church located at 41 Central St, Andover, MA, on Saturday, September 20, at 1 p.m. Following the service will be a reception with food and friendship. The family asks that donations be made in his memory to Beyond Soccer, American Heart Association, and Mass Bike.
Published on  September 18, 2014
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