On April 14, 1982, in The Dalles, Eric David Tomacelli, Jr. was born to Eric David Tomacelli, Sr. and the late Kimberly Ann Medford Tomacelli. The first three years of his journey were spent in Dallesport. When he was one day away from being 13 months old, Eric’s life changed when his baby sister, Anna, joined the family.
The family moved to Goldendale in 1985, where “Neno,” as Eric was known to family and friends, received all his formal education. During his growing years, Neno was a paper carrier for The Sentinel, and he mowed lawns for spending money. Being close in age to his sister, they shared many things, not the least of which was chicken pox. When it was time for Anna’s first tooth to come out, it was Neno who assisted! An unfortunate accident while riding his bike caused him to scale back his activities. He was slated to graduate with the class of 2000; however, a lack of credits caused him to graduate in 2001, along with his sister, Anna. While in high school, he enjoyed watching football and he participated in the school choir, receiving two National Choir awards. Throughout his life, Neno provided a home to many dogs, cats, hamsters, and guinea pigs. At his passing, he had a cat named Ollie.
Neno enjoyed spending time with computers; surfing the internet, and connecting with friends via Facebook and email. He loved humor, and among his favorite comics were Jeff Dunham and Ray Stevens. He was known for passing along funny tidbits in his Facebook postings. His sly sense of humor was legendary among those who knew him well. Until his health prevented it, Neno worked when asked for his friend, Derek, at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel. Photography had become an enjoyable hobby for Neno in recent years.
Neno was a member of the Father’s House Fellowship, where he volunteered to operate the audio equipment. He was also a member of the N’Vay Tikvah Ministry Synagogue. He was an active participant in these congregations along with his mother, Kim.
On Oct. 24, 2011, in Yakima, Neno left our presence, but not our hearts. He is survived by his father, Eric D. Tomacelli, Sr. of Arlington, Ore., and his sister, Anna of San Gabriel, Calif. He is also survived by his half-brother David Tomacelli in Arizona; his half-sister Amy Cunningham of Portland; his grandmother Florence Medford MacMillan of Yakima; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother Kim in 2007, his paternal grandparents, and maternal grandfather.
His family wishes to thank the good people of Goldendale who were so supportive throughout his life, but especially during Neno’s most trying times.
A service to celebrate his life was held Oct. 29. To make a memorial contribution, the family suggests Donate Life for Washington, the American Diabetes Association, or to the family to assist with expenses.
Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.