Erik John Paulsen

erik paulsen

August 25, 1961 ~ April 22, 2021

Erik John Paulsen, age 59, born in Hicksville, NY, residing in Weehawken, NJ passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Survived by his beloved wife Joan (LeFosse); Erik was proud of his 18 year career with WABC-TV as a Broadcast Engineer. A renaissance man, with a unique sense of style, Erik would wire a studio, compose music, shoot a film project and tend his garden, and often all in the same day. Forever a young boy at heart, he explored the world and life with wonder and it was contagious. He is also survived by loving brother Wes Paulsen, sister-in-law Hannelore Voness. Predeceased by his adoring parents Edwin and Elena Paulsen.

The family will receive their friends on Monday, April 26th from 3-7pm and Tuesday, April 27th from 3-7pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street (opposite the Fort Lee Library). For condolences, directions, or information or call (201) 944-0100.

As an ardent supporter of the Arts and Humanity, you may make a donation in Erik's memory to one of the charities below:

90.7 WFUV

88.3 FM WBGO

Community Foodbank of New Jersey

Main – Final

Planting Fields Arboretum


1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771


Visitation at Funeral Home: April 26, 2021 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: April 27, 2021 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. I learned so much working side by side with Erik. He was a true gentleman. We talked about everything under the sun and I'll truly miss that.

  2. Erik and I were good friends in the latter elementary and middle school grades at Trinity Lutheran in Hicksville. We ended up at different high schools and much to my eternal regret, lost touch over the years. I think he was the instigator that got me into reading MAD magazine and other such subversive literature! I found him again last year out of the blue on Facebook and reached out. We traded mesages and some texts and I eventually called him and it was like time had stood still for 45 years! I'm so glad we had a chance to talk one last time. He was a good guy and a great friend and I will miss and mourn him.

    Condolences to his all family and many friends.

  3. I share with you Joan the grief and my deepest sorrow. I am in tears since our talk this morning when you told me about this tragic news. Erik was fortunate to have you as the perfect companion for all the amazing things you two did together. He loved you so much. You still are and always be a perfect match. I met Erik 37 years ago (1984) at Adelphi library where we worked together. I was a lonely foreign student, first time in America with no friends or family, and unlike everyone else who didn't show any curiosity about my heavy accent, Erik immediately went out of his way to make me feel at home. He took me to see amazing places in Long Island, to Jazz performances and he showed his abilities to keep control while skidding his car over ice. Erik introduced me to his parents and shared with me all the things we both loved. Be it films (like Blade Runner), music (Vangelis, Cocteu Twins, Kristy Maccoll to name a few) and art (Patrick Nagel posters). He helped me with Adelphi video class assignments and later put together a recording of my resume to help me find a job in a unique way. Without Erik, my adjustment to life in America would have been so much more challenging… I always shared and appreciated his love for art, architecture, music, films, and travel. His tolerance and open-mindedness to accept every person the way he is with no prejudice – admirable. But our amazing connection never stopped even after my return to my home country. For more than 20 years, with me being on the other side of the world we stayed in touch constantly sharing our common interests. I was always happy to be exposed to his achievements in film, editing, and to hear the music albums he created. Being such a great great friend, a source of joy and inspiration I cannot begin to think of not having him next to me chatting and sharing. Erik, you did so much good in your life for everyone or anything you have touched. If there is heaven you of all people will be there. I love you so much and already miss you immensely.

  4. Erik and I were friends in high school and beyond. I remember him as “EJ the DJ” (among other things). We shared our musical tastes and turned each other on to bands we hadn’t either heard of or listened to. Rest In Peace my friend, I will listen to The Royal Scam in your memory.

  5. Erik was a kind soul who was at his core a gifted artist. He and I worked together for many years at WABC and his wire work was as beautiful as a painting. Rest In Peace, Erik.

  6. I loved running in to Erik in the halls of ABC7. He was always ready with an interesting story, a new project he was embarking on or just taking a moment to shoot the breeze. He was a kind, wicked funny and fascinating man. We will carry him in our hearts forever!

  7. Last time I saw you, a Sunday morning, I was walking to church and you were motorcycling to work. Hope there are motorcycles wherever you are.

  8. Hey Erik .Remember when we went to the top of World Trade Center on that beautiful fall afternoon. When you visited us in Hawaii and spoke to Nate on the flower phone and we hiked Lanikai ridge to view the “Mokes”. Went to see Hapa at the Kahala Hilton with Terri and Joan. How about the incredible view of the city lights from Weehawken or taking Terri and Cass to see the parrot flock in Jersey. You once told me of this thing called Facebook that I might find interesting. Theater,art,politics,music all your posts on FB. Thanks for the joy and richness you added to our lives. A hui ho dear friend. Don Terri Cass and Nate ❤️❤️❤️

  9. We will always remember Erik's smile, laugh, and generosity. I was honored to play on one of Erik's songs. We will miss him but we will always remember his joy in life. With love, Dan and Jessica Patrick

  10. My heartfelt condolences to Erik's family.
    i was deeply saddened by this loss to the world.
    Erik was one of my first connections to music in NY when i moved here to work at WABC.
    His knowledge of the recording scene in NJ and live music in NY was always the source of great conversation and new experiences for us.
    Always smiling, always awesome.

    Our love and best wishes for his family.
    i will miss him.
    Dave Hewitt

  11. My condolences to Erik's family & all who loved him. I will miss Erik's personality and all our chats in the office at WABC.
    He always brightened up my day with our talks about music, his bikes, my winter hats that my mother has passed down to me, & always there to help whenever I need a helping hand especially in the pandemic. Truly going to miss my office buddy! Thankful to have known such a wonderful person. He was definitely one of the coolest ever!

  12. I will always remember how many laughs and chats about music we shared.I have fond memories of laying down some guitar tracks for one of Erik's songs at his home built studio.Erik's talents and were endless as was his warm loving personality. Sending our heartfelt Condolences to the Paulsen family Love Doreen & Mike Gismondi

  13. My wife Donna, and I, worked with Eric at NBC. He was one of the happiest, most fun people I've ever met . We all had great times together that I will never forget. He always had a smile and tried to make us laugh. His passing is so sad. We are deeply sorry for the entire family's loss.

  14. I will forever miss my time with Erik the last two years at WABC. We got to spend so much time together during the pandemic, being some of the few people in the building. Every week, I would look forward to catching up as we sorted through the next challenge of our lives. I loved hearing about the new music and performances he and Joan would enjoy as well as the latest exploits from his film projects each weekend.

    He will be forever missed.

  15. My condolences to Joan and your family. I met Erik at Adelphi University, we worked on a student film together. Years later we both were working at ABC Television where we were reacquainted and became friends. A quick run down to Sam Ash to look at Synthesizers, hanging on the beach with friends, having him drag me to see the film "Clerks" were some of the things I remember. Rest in peace my friend.

  16. Truly heartbreaking to hear the news about Erik. Joan ,I remember meeting you before meeting Erik. When he came to WABC, he mentioned his wife worked around the corner (what a small world) I enjoyed our chats, quick hellos, always friendly, soft spoken, interesting conversations about Long Island etc.., always willing to give a hand. Joan My sympathy & prayers go out to you, the rest of your family, friends and to everyone who was blessed to be in Erik's presence.
    God Bless
    AnnaMarie Pellechia

  17. You are in my thoughts and prayers Joan. I don't know you and your husband but I am part of your work family and mourning your great loss.

  18. Dear Joan and Wes,
    We have wonderful memories of growing up with Erik on Boulder Lane.
    Sending our love and sympathy,
    The Kaleda’s

  19. Joan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with this immense loss. May you find solace in his loving memories. Monica Ramirez

  20. I just learned of Erik's death this weekend. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. We'd often keep in touch over Instagram, telling each other of bands and new music we liked. Sending my love from the UK to Joan, family, and friends. ♥️

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