It is with heavy hearts that we announce Chef Eric's passing. On the morning of January 3rd, Eric departed this earth surrounded by the love and comfort of his wife and close friends. He was such a bright light in all of our lives. He will be dearly and truly missed.
Born July 6, 1975 in New Jersey, Eric spent his childhood skateboarding and hanging out with his many friends. He earned his culinary arts degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and came to the Napa Valley seeking adventure in 2000. Eric worked as a chef at Pine Ridge Winery and most recently Round Pond Estate.
Eric’s quick wit endeared him easily to those with whom he came in contact. His years of hospitality, wine sales and travel earned him many friends far and near. He was a certified sommelier and chef and always enjoyed cooking and sharing wine with his friends and family. Eric was also a gifted artist and enjoyed painting as well as held a deep appreciation for visual design and beauty.
After a long courtship, Eric proposed to Melisa Ramirez in July of 2013. He was diagnosed three months later with a glioblastoma brain tumor. Eric and Melisa were married on October 10, 2014 in Napa. Melisa has been his number one support through two years of surgeries, chemo and treatments.
Preceded in death by his mother, Susan Maczko, Eric is survived by his father, John Maczko; brothers, John and Pat, their wives and children; and his Yorkshire Terrier Latour.
Eric will be interred at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the National Brain Tumor Society, http://braintumor.org/.
Condolences may be sent through www.tulocaycemetery.org.
To learn more about why Chef Eric Maczko pursued his passion in culinary arts, watch this interview.