Eric Joseph Bergwall

  • Born: June 19, 1961
  • Died: December 13, 2019
  • Location: Darien, Connecticut

Lawrence Funeral Home

2119 Post Rd
Darien, CT 06820
Tel. (203) 655-6127

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eric Joseph Bergwall, 58, of Darien, CT lost his battle against cancer at New York- Presbyterian, Columbia Hospital on December 13, 2019. He was born in Summit, NJ on June 19, 1961, to Joseph Baird Bergwall and Mary Eleanor Emmitt Bergwall who predeceased him.
Eric leaves behind his spouse of 22 years, Donna (nee: Goldmann), daughter Emily, twin sons Matthew and Christopher all of Darien, CT; brother Barry (Jean) of Apex, NC; sister Anne (Phil Ricaurte) of Charlotte, NC; nephew Andrew (Sabine) and children of Annandale, VA; niece Allison (Andrew) and children of Cary, NC; cousins, in-laws, and dear friends collected along the path of life.
Eric grew up in Short Hills, NJ and Cumberland Foreside, ME. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH; Middlebury College (BA, English 1984) Middlebury, VT; Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (MBA 1993) Hanover, NH. Eric treasured his time in Hanover, partaking in all that the school offered and departing with dozens of lifelong friendships. He was beloved by his classmates for his sardonic wit, his unremitting loyalty and his joie de vivre.
Eric's entire career was in real estate and his extensive knowledge of both equity and debt provided him with a rare ability to quickly identify both value and risks. These skills enabled Eric to build a very successful track record and he was highly regarded throughout the industry. Eric enjoyed mentoring young talent and was always willing to teach and nurture people across the real estate industry. He was most recently a Managing Director at Clarion Partners overseeing three separate accounts totaling $3.0B. Eric's prior roles included being a Managing Director for Allianz Real Estate of America, ORIX Capital Markets, GE Capital, and ING Realty Partners.
Eric married late, having waited for the right woman--the stranger he happened to see across a crowded bar while out in New York City with his business school friends. He and Donna were married in NYC in 1997.
Spending time with his family was always his number one priority. He enjoyed cheering Emily and Chris on at soccer games and raucously applauding Matt's musical performances. Eric enjoyed the simple things in life like reading, movies, music and good conversation about anything and everything.
Eric was a dedicated employee, a devoted family man, a caring son, a kind sibling and a loyal friend. He was a rare and wonderful thing: A GOOD MAN.
Visitation will be held at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT on Thursday, December 19, 2019 anytime between the hours of 4-8 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at The First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, CT on Friday, December 20 at 1:00 pm. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at a reception after the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797, (


Condolence & Memory Journal


Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Your former neighbor,
The Gilronan's

Posted by Gilronan's - Darien, CT   December 20, 2019

Donna, Emily, Mathew and Christopher - You are in my family's thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. There is no doubt Eric fought the good fight. Eric and I worked together for 4 years and during that period there was never a day that went by that he didn't talk about Emily, Matt or Chris he was always so proud of you kids and he was always trying to uncover ways to be try and be a better role model, parent and Father. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful husband and Father.

Posted by Paul Wolters - Stowe, VT   December 18, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Donna and kids. God bless you with peace in this very sad time. I remember Eric from Tuck and he was a very nice guy to everyone and a pleasure to be around.

Posted by Lucy Mackie - Ft. Myers, FL   December 18, 2019

Eric was my co-conspirator, confidant, counselor, comrade, brother and dear, dear friend. He was loved beyond words and will be sorely missed.

Posted by Anne Bergwall, MD - Charlotte, NC   December 17, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Donna and children, Anne, Barry...all of Eric's friends and family. Eric my cousin, the one closest in age to me and a playmate. I am so sorry for this loss and send best wishes from me and my family

Posted by Sally Bergwall Johnnes - Brooklyn, NY   December 17, 2019