The Transylvania Times -

Fred Erb


July 17, 2017

Fred Erb, 85, of Brevard, passed away peacefully Monday, July 10, 2017, at Tore’s Home in Brevard.

Born Jan. 22, 1932, in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the son of the late Henry and Suzanne Erb.

He received a diploma from Gymnasium Offenbach, Germany, and his B.S. in physics and electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

In 1953, he immigrated to Toronto, Canada, and his future wife, Evelyn, immigrated from Manchester, England in 1955, also to Toronto, Canada. In 1956, they immigrated to the United States where they were married a year later and resided near Cleveland, Ohio for 16 years, raising their children during their early years.

Later he moved with his job at the Square D Company to Columbia, S.C. After retiring in 1997, he moved to Pisgah Forest and then in 2015 on to Brevard.

He proudly served for two years in the United States Army, and retired after 36 years of service from Square D Company, which became Schneider Electric in Columbia.

As a member of the Sierra Club and the Chinook Camping Club, he enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the United States and Canada and enjoyed the great outdoors.

He had an appreciation of music and enjoyed attending concerts and plays. Model railroading was another passion of his. A jack-of-all-trades, barely begins to describe his vast talents and knowledge of mechanics, as he could repair all most everything.

He was a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a step-sister, Marianne Erb.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Cowgill Erb; children, David Erb, of Cary, N.C. and Susan Erb, of Columbia, S.C .; and his beloved shelties, Ramona and Cassie.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the UUTC in Brevard.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the UUTC, 24 Varsity St., Brevard, NC 28712, or the Transylvania County Animal Shelter, 1124 Old Rosman Highway, Brevard, NC 28712, or Hospice of Transylvania Regional Hospital, 1266 Asheville Highway, Brevard, NC 28712.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Tore’s Home and the nurses and doctors at the Transylvania Regional Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion, and to the UUTC and the wonderful people on the caring committee for their support.

Condolences may be made to the family at


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