Ad Finem Fidelis ~ Faithful to the End
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It is with great sadness that we inform you that long time Sons of Ben member and the Business Manager for Bearfight FC, Eric Shertz, has passed away.

Our thoughts go out to his son Gabe and the rest of his family.  Eric has been has been sitting with us in The River End since the beginning.  Eric was instrumental in helping develop many of the things the Sons of Ben do today.  He was a great supporter, a great friend and an excellent father. Our Philadelphia Union family just got weaker today, only by coming together as one will get through this.  

Eric, you will be greatly missed.  RIP.   
Donations to help cover any and all funeral expenses/any other expenses for the family of Eric Shertz can be made here:

Eric Shertz Philadelphia Union Season Ticket Testimonial

Funeral Information

Friday, April 25, 10-1pm

The funeral will be help at Hicks Home for Funerals (103 W Stockton St. Elkton, MD 21921)

Please wear a scarf (Philadelphia Union, Sons of Ben, Bearfight Brigade, USA, American Outlaws, etc...) to the funeral. Scarves up for Shertz.

Wake Information

Saturday, April 26, 1pm

The wake will be at Stoney's British Pub (3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803)

Come be with us as we share memories and celebrate the life of our brother. It will be followed by the Montreal Impact v. Philadelphia Union match at 4pm.


Saturday, May 10, 12-3pm

ALL Sons of Ben, Bearfight, Bearfight FC & those close to us are invited to attend this event in hopes of living up to the words Eric left behind, "I know anytime I'm here, I'm with my family."

This tailgate is our opportunity as a family to come together and put everything else aside to honor the memory of our fallen beloved brother in The River End.  It is our hope this event not only brings us all together but helps to bring Eric's words to life.  We encourage everyone on this day to reach out to someone you have never met and say hello.  Eric was always one of first people to walk up and shake the hand of a stranger and make them feel welcome.  Bring a non-member and show them what we are all about. 

In order to host this event we have made this tailgate BYOB so that the confines of the fence do not exist.  All are welcome to enter, so please bring chairs and a cooler and we will provide burgers, hot dogs and snacks at no cost.  We will be collecting donations with all money collected going to Eric's family.

In order to provide for everyone who attends, please register for your tickets online with ticketleap ( to confirm your attendance (You can also donate when you sign-up for the tailgate).  We will not be able to accept walk ups on this day so please be prepared to confirm your attendance no later than noon on Friday May 9th.  Food will be served on a first come/ first served basis and we will cut off at 2:30pm so that we ALL can participate in the march into the stadium.

Questions?  Comments or concerns please contact

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