Remembering Eric Feaver: Community celebrates life of a 'fighter'

Nolan Lister

Hundreds gathered in Helena’s mansion district Thursday evening for the funeral of Eric Feaver.

Billed as a celebration of Feaver’s life, or “Feaver Fest” as Montana Federation of Public Employees President Amanda Curtis put it, the ceremony was held in the backyard of CWG Architecture’s palatial offices. Feaver, 77, died June 22 of natural causes.

He was a longtime state employee union leader and educator and was serving as a Helena city commissioner at the time of his death. 

Longtime Helena Public Schools educator and administrator Ken Price spoke of Feaver’s compassionate and caring attentiveness to public school employees and his fierce advocacy on their behalf.

Price also talked about the man’s love of fly fishing and the many hours they spent together in a trout stream. He reassured those in attendance that Feaver will see them again “down the road.”

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