Eric Alfred Myall

September 25, 1934 - December 29, 2022
Eric Alfred Myall

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Eric A. Myall, Williamsburg, VA.  Passed away peacefully in his sleep at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital, on December 29th, 2022, due to complications from pneumonia and COPD.  Born in England on September 25, 1934, Eric lived an interesting life.  He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Shirley, and their only daughter, Zena (Daniel). Born just prior to WWII starting and being a kid during the bomb raids, dad learned a lot about military life and the British military so joined the Royal Air Force for a few years once he came of age.  Those days actually took him out to sea and he “cruised” to many interesting places that he liked to tell tales about.  He spent a few years going from job to job, and had many different service jobs, all of which he enjoyed until he started learning how to make shoes.  He met his wife, Shirley, through his gun club and a dare, and due to her love of horses and bringing home things to be repaired, he was directed towards his career of a Master Saddler.  Through various employers, even running his own business for a short time, he finally ended up in America to work for Colonial Williamsburg for 25 years.  Eric and his family became American Citizens and enjoyed their peaceful life in Williamsburg, VA.  He retired, kicking and screaming, in January, 2009, but resumed his own business from his backyard shed doing repairs for a lot of the horse riders in the area as well as some work for Colonial Williamsburg.  Eric and his stories will be sadly missed by many.  Condolences may be mailed to Shirley and Zena Myall, 4962 John Tyler Hwy., Williamsburg, VA 23185.  A memorial services is planned for Saturday, February 4th at 3pm at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23602 with a reception to follow.  All are invited to come and celebrate this wonderful life, share stories, and remember the fun times with Eric.


Saturday, February 4, 2023
3:00 PM

Warwick Memorial Methodist Church - Directions
38 Hoopes Rd
Newport News, VA 23602

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  • February 22, 2023
    James Rogers says:
    My condolences to Eric's family. He was a good teacher who's wry sense of humor just added to the experience. He certainly left a continuing legacy in the realm of harness, saddlery and overall leatherworking.

  • February 04, 2023
    Karen Watson says:
    Eric was a good friend and co-worker which we will dearly miss. So talented in leather work and model boat building. The visitors at Colonial Williamsburg loved visiting him in the Saddle Shop and Coach&Livestock depended on him to repair and make leather goods as well as horse owners in the community. I will remember when we all went to Philadelphia for the centennial parade, it rained in the morning but then stopped. Good memories. Always enjoyed it when he came to visit us at the Norge Flea Market on Saturday, he would sit and chat with us. The Fles Market had become a gathering place for ex-CW employees to catch up. So talented - RIP Eric, you are missed.

  • January 17, 2023
    Terry Thon says:
    What a great person Mr. Myall was. So many talents, so much knowledge and what a great sense of humor! I had the privilege of working with Eric at Colonial Williamsburg. He was a good and patient teacher, always had a wonderful story to tell and was just fun to be around. It is time I will always treasure. Thank-you Mr. Myall-rest easy.

  • January 08, 2023
    Zena Myall says:
    Dad, always in my heart. I'm eternally thankful for all you taught me, I am who I am because of you. Reading all the comments of everyone you have touched has meant so much. You really have left a legacy in the horse world. Love you dad.

  • January 08, 2023
    Tiffany Parkinson says:
    Eric was my uncle and my inspiration, I can hear his voice when I read any of the interviews he did. It’s my biggest regret that I never managed to get any bench time with him. My condolences and love to Shirley and Zena x