February 14, 1936 – July 4, 2015
Peacefully passed away at home on July, 4th 2015 at the age of 79. Ernie will be terribly missed by Joan, his beloved wife and best friend for 56 years. Ernie will also be missed by several nieces and nephews and many close friends and neighbours on Paling Ave. He was very active and involved in the Studebaker Drivers Club, Vice president and president of the Ontario Chapter SDC as well as the founder and president of the Hamilton Chapter. Ernie was a man of much knowledge and a variety of skills and talents. He enjoyed the building of a classic show truck and was employed by the Wentworth County Board of Education for 21 years. Friends will be received by the family, on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, where the Celebration of Ernie’s Life will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Lung Association or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.
Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Ernie.
Let your memories of your life together sustain through this most difficult time.
Ken, Barb, Debbie and Mike
Saying goodbye to a loved one is one of the hardest things we have to do in life. Hold tight to your memories of happier times for comfort, lean on your friends for strength and always remember how much you are cared about.
Thinking of fond memories of Ernie and yourself may God be with you in these days.
Terry and Esther Clark
Karin and I send our condolences to you Joan. My fondest memories of Ernie is when I was young and he would always bring home another toy from a boat to a car. RIP Ernie
On behalf of the Ontario Chapter of the Studebaker Driver’s Club I wish to pass on our deepest condolences on the passing of Ernie. Over the many years he has been a SDC member in Ontario he has always
been a staunch supporter of all things Studebaker including his fellow SDC members. His service as Vice President of the Ontario Chapter and President of both Ontario/Hamilton Chapters was greatly appreciated. He will be sorely missed and we are glad to have known him over these many years. He will be remembered.
Ontario Chapter SDC
Sorry to hear of your loss, Joan. It has been many years since the snowmobile days, but we all still have great memories. Cherish the memories of all the happy times spent with friends and family.
Mrs. Ernie (Joan),
Austin and I send you our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Ernie. Mr. Ernie was a good friend to mom, dad, Ausitn and I. Today our heart ache as the Lord has called upon another Angel to return to Heaven. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Sending you our love,
Amanda & Austin
The memories you and Ernie and I had over the years will be with me forever.
Remember them and cherish all of them. An angel is watching out for you, for always and forever.
Hugs sweet lady
We haven’t known each other long, but in these few years the two of you have given me so much joy and laughter! I will miss all the stories Ernie told, with such inspiration and detail, the amount of knowledge that man had amazed me! I will never forget our fun filled “porch sit’s”. What an honour to be able to call him my friend! RIP Ernie!
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie. Although we haven’t seen one another for a few years we have often thought of you & Ernie and our Studebaker Days. Ernie always had a story to tell and has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people over the years. Please know that our heart and thoughts are with you at this sad time. Unfortunately we cannot attend the funeral but in spirit we will be there. Take care of yourself and treasure all the good times you had
Earl & Marie
Ernie, you are much missed already, I shall miss our long chats about cars ,laughing over my talking phone and it’s many wonders. May you rest in peace my dear friend your Joanie will not be alone.xi
We are beyond sad at Ernie’s passing. He was a true friend and one of our favorite people in the world. We will miss him greatly but we feel truly blessed that we had the chance to know him.
Ernie, you will be sadly missed but always remembered.
Christine, Clayton and Kaitlin
Dear Nanny ‘Oanie,
We were grieved to learn of the loss of your ‘Ernster’. What a pair you two made. What a beautiful and playful and rich life you shared together. I’m sorry your half has parted. I pray for comfort and strength for you in the coming days.
We will always remember our life on Chestnut Avenue with you and your welcoming porch for our children and family. We never felt like we could wear out a welcome, and you became adopted grandparents for our precious littles, the two of you. I have Ernie’s smile etched in my heart and mind, and the gentle bear he was. We remember his suspenders and how proud he was of his hard work in the yard, and all the things he tried to impart to us about this, that, and the other. And I grieve that I didn’t get my last call in. I had thought about him all day Canada Day because I remember all of your Canada Flags. Ernie was a special man to us- warm, cheerful, grandfatherly. We loved him, and we’ll miss him.
Know you are loved well, and prayed for sincerely, Joanie. I wish we could be with you this week, but we are thinking of you. I will reach out soon to connect with you.
All our Love,
Emily, Peter, Tovah, Ethan, and Matteo XOXO
The Lord must have needed a good gentle man.Ernie had a kind heart.He loved talking about old cars and he knew what he was talking about.He loved and was so thankful for the angel he married.Rest in peace my friend,until we meet again Pat and Faye
Thinking of you at this sad time. Ernie was such a lovely man, we are so very sorry for your loss.
The Gilvear family
Rick and I send our condolences to you, Joan. In the short time we known Ernie, we will remember all the joys and laughter. Ernie loved to cruise and talk about his cars and trucks. It was a pleasure to have know him.
Sincerely, Rick and Adele
Ernie will be missed and we are glad we had the pleasure of meeting the both of you.
Sorry for your loss Joanie, just got in from holidays West (July 12th), and got a message from Wes (Susan) – will send a email later – Garry.
Mrs.P. I’m saddened to learn of Ernie’s passing. It was always a pleasure seeing the two of you joking and laughing together.
Every time I’d see a Studebaker I’d think of the two of you.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.