Just shy of four months after DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Eric Martsolf (Brady) lost his mother, Nancy, the actor’s father, Ric, has died. The DAYS star shared the heartbreaking news on his Facebook page on June 21, posting a photo of his parents taken on the porch of their home. “They’re together now,” he wrote. “He left us yesterday peacefully, painlessly, and most likely eagerly to be with the girl he could never be without. Today my heart is entirely broken, yet I celebrate their union which so many of us yearn for in our lifetimes. Rest In peace, you beautiful couple. I will love you always.”
Martsolf’s wife, Lisa, shared a lovely tribute to her father-in-law on Instagram, which her husband reposted on his own page. Lisa’s moving post included several photos of Ric and Nancy together, as well as several of Ric with the Martsolfs’ twins, Chase and Mason. “I am happy your hearts are together,” she wrote. “I am happy you showed my husband how to build a love like yours. I am happy your life was enriched by laughter and encompassed with complete and whole love. We are selfishly heartbroken that you had to leave us too.”
Nancy, who was a schoolteacher, passed away on Feb. 24 following a battle with cancer. Ric, a lawyer, died nearly four months to the day after his beloved wife. The senior Martsolfs met when they were teenagers in the summer community of Bay View, Michigan — where they still had a summer home — and raised Eric and his brother, Justin, in Harrisburg, PA. They were married for more than 50 years, according to Lisa’s Instagram post, and shared an “inspiring” love story.
“Slow dance with your girl,” continued Lisa. “Sing your beautiful harmonies together. Raise your glasses of scotch and wine and cheers each other. Watch your favorite sunset together. And remember to practice that ‘soap opera kiss.’
“We know you will guide all of us from your front-row seat with the angels,” Lisa concluded. “Rest in paradise in each other’s arms.”
Please join us in sending our condolences to Martsolf and the rest of his family during this most difficult time.