In Loving Memory of Eric Model

We’re so sad to announce that Eric Model, loving husband of 12 years to Nancy Model, proud father of son Timothy, 7, daughter Avery, 2, and owner of Reel Moments Video in Nanuet, NY passed away at the young age of 38 due to complications from a very large aneurism next to his brain stem.

He was a kind, loving, silly, smart, generous, very talented guy with an over-the-top ridiculous personality. Everybody loved him and his work. He made thousands of customers happy, especially brides and grooms who were always so moved by his stunning work, capturing their special day forever in the most beautiful way.

Eric first had several strokes in 2008 when the aneurism was discovered at the top of his basilar artery. At the time, it was inoperable. He recovered, suffering some stroke damage, mainly evident in his face, but affecting him all over. He persevered through it, continuing his business and inspiring everybody around him with his determination and good nature, despite difficult circumstances and a poor prognosis. He even continued giving seminars at local and national wedding video groups, sharing his tricks of the trade with his peers. He truly loved giving back.

By 2014, it was discovered the aneurism had grown, but now there was a procedure that could help. He made it through this 13-hour operation and after a few weeks, just when he was getting ready to leave the hospital and go to rehab, he suddenly and unexpectedly died overnight.

Everybody is mourning the loss of such a talented and loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Eric’s wife Nancy and 2 young children are left with not only the overwhelming sadness of losing him, but serious financial difficulties, as Eric was by far the major source of income for the family. He was in the process of getting life insurance when 2008’s incident happened, which then made him uninsurable. There is no life insurance. Plus he got into a lot of debt while being sick those next 6 years. Adding to all this, his son Timothy has high functioning autism, making his care a more complicated situation. Eric’s friends ask for whatever help you can give for his family now and in the future. He’d have done the same for us. Rest in peace, Eric. We’ll miss you. There will never be anyone else like you.

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