April 1926 – October 2016
Please remember a wonderful man. He was born in Darlington, England sailing across the pond with his mum and dad in 1927. He grew up in Oshawa and served in the Canadian army as tank driver/mechanic. As a mechanical engineer he started his career in General Motors, then 33 years at Fittings Limited as chief engineer, then some time with Stark Industries followed by retirement founding and owning Central Drafting designing custom homes which he had done in his spare time since his teens.
A consummate father and grandfather, he loved his family and was ever-present and active in their lives. Lovingly guiding and supportive to his daughter Victoria Lee Jenkinson-Buechler & Michael; to his granddaughter Victoria Lauren Smyth & Kyle; and to his step-granddaughters Katelynn Marie Buechler and Sarah Nicole Buechler.
A man consumed with learning and knowledge, he loved life. Travelling the world with his family topped the list, especially cruising and trips to Walt Disney World. His enjoyment came from puppy dogs, building things, sailing, gardening, enjoying food and theatre and old movies, trivia, puzzles, good conversation, giving presents, and spending time with the people he loved. A man of integrity and true moral fiber, he was gentleman with a hint of stubbornness.
At this age the body faultered but the mind was ever so keen. He did not want to go. Whether you knew him or not, he would want you to make the most of your life. So on your next trip or outing, toast him with his favourite rum and coke. Or after your next roast beef dinner (his fav), watch one of his favourite movies like ‘Guys and Dolls’ with Frank Sinatra or ‘Some Like it Hot’ with Tony Curtis and laugh out loud (he loved to hear people laugh). Or hug your child or grandchild whether they’re 2 or 52 and ask them what they’re doing and tell them you love them and that you’re there if they need you, because that’s what he did, every day of his life.
He did not want a service. He never liked to be in the spotlight; just a driving force behind everything. He loved his life mostly because of the people in it: Family, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues alike and wished them all health and happiness.
I’ll miss you dad, my father, my friend, my strength.
If you would like to remember Ernie, a donation to the Humane Society he would have greatly appreciated and may be made through McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558). Online condolences and sympathies may be shared at makfuneralhome.com.