Passed away at the F.J. Davey Home with his family by his side April 7, 2015 in his 88th year.
Beloved husband of Wilna for 65 years. Left to Cherish his memory; son Richard (Rick) and wife Marlene, their children Seth, Riley and Jocelyn (Jeremy Smith); son Michael (Mick) wife Beverley and their daughter Megan (Luke Barban); son Eric (Natalie Beltrano); daughter Carla, husband Sylvain Belanger and their children Tanner and Shannan. Cherished too are his great grandchildren Nevin Wing, Ella, Paige and Myla Barban. Ernie was the eighth child in a family of ten of Charles and Clara Wing. He is predeceased by his brothers Harold (Eva), Harry (Dorothy), Gordon (Molly) and survived by his brother Joseph (late Betty). Predeceased by his loving sisters; Rose (Mac) McGregor, Edith (Johnny) Millar, Ida (Bud) Colter, Alice (Charlie) Pinder and Agnes Smith. Son-in-law to the late William and Phemia Bryans and brother-in-law to Wanda (late Sam) Maguire, Carol Forget, Bessie (late Gerald) Murray, Betty Hunter, Sally (George) Brown. Cherished by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ernie and Wilna had many friends in the area, were fun loving and avid campers, and loved the outdoors, dancing and family gatherings. Ernie was born and raised in Ophir and moved to Rydal Bank on the passing of his mother and father at an early age. With his new wife and family moved to Bruce Mines in 1959 and to Sault Ste. Marie in 1970. He was a self-reliant man who had an innate curiosity concerning why things worked and how they worked and this versatility served him well in his many jobs and hobbies throughout his life. With his brother Harold he began a lifelong hobby and became a craftsman in the art of snow shoe making. His love for hunting and fishing with his brothers and sons will always be remembered as will his work and love of nature and his beloved “Wing Mountain” property. Ernie was dedicated to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and has passed on to them his love of the outdoors, making things and enjoying the simple things of life: a greater blessing we could not have had.
Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 12 – 3 pm followed by a funeral service in the chapel at 3:30 pm. Rev. Nancy Ferguson officiating. Interment Sands Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rydal Bank Historical Society or the Activities Department F.J. Davey Home.
Thanks to the staff of the F.J. Davey Home for their care and support over the past four years.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com