NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A memorial service was held for a well-known oncologist who was killed earlier this month in a collision in Wilson County.
On Saturday, family and friends gathered at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville to celebrate the life of Dr. Eric Raefsky.
The 59-year-old was killed on August 5 in a collision on Stewarts Ferry Pike in Wilson County. Police said the other driver, 20-year-old Clayton Rogers, allegedly failed to yield to a traffic signal and crashed into the driver’s side of Raefsky’s car.
For 30 years, he treated cancer patients from all across Middle Tennessee. During the service, he was remembered by family and friends for his unique sense of humor and his desire to learn new things.
"His wife Tory told me that recently Eric said he wanted to take up math again when he retired. Relearn Calculus, challenge his mind, you know after a lifetime of simple stuff like curing cancer,” said Craig Cates, a college friend of Raefsky’s. "Well Tory I have news for you, Eric was never going to retire. He was going to continue helping people."
Raefsky was one of the first doctors at Tennessee Oncology at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.