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Ernest (Ernie) White

Ernest (Ernie) White

Friday, July 26th, 1918 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Entered into rest at St. Lawrence Lodge on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Ernest John White, at the age of 102 years. Beloved husband of Mabel (nee Hilton) and dear father of Charles White (Jan Oliver), Timothy (Lisa Cardillo) and Lance White. Ernie was predeceased by his daughter Donna Hilton (Mike Phillips survives). Also survived by his four grandchildren Jeremy White, Christopher Mussell, Samara Parker, Emma White as well as his three great grandchildren Charlie Mae Parker, Alexander and Hannah Mussell.

Ernie was a veteran of the Second World War who joined the armed forces as a private and left with rank of lieutenant. Later he became a captain in the Brockville militia. He overcame many obstacles in his life including being placed in an orphanage at the age of 5 ;being placed in a series of foster homes and having to end his formal education at a young age. Despite this he managed to succeed in a variety of work worlds.

After the war he was employed for a number of years by the Canadian National railroad. He then transitioned to a career as a journeyman carpenter which eventually lead to him becoming a building contractor. One can drive around Brockville and find 23 homes that he constructed. In 1959 Ernie joined Customs and Excise Canada where he remained until he retired in 1983. His first job there was an entry level position on what was then called the Ivy Lee bridge. By the time of his retirement he had been promoted a number of times. His final position was as a Senior Dominion Customs Appraiser.

During the war while undertaking officer training in Brockville he met Mabel Hilton at a dance. He would tell you his biggest accomplishment in life was persuading her to marry him. They were married for 76 years.

Ernie loved to socialize. He and Mabel had retirement homes in Florida and Peacock Point Ontario where they played golf, bowled and played cards. Nothing made him happier than a good game of euchre with Mabel and his grand children. He was also a skilled shuffle board player. Above all he loved to dance.

Anyone who met Ernie remembered him for his good nature and witty remarks. He was also a very sensitive and sentimental person who will be greatly missed by his family and friends

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville on Wednesday, September 2nd from 1pm until 2 pm. A celebration of Ernie's life will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 2 pm. Covid protocols and masks required.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. No. 96 or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    Address
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    Address
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Roselawn Memorial Gardens
    Address
    2451 County Road 15
    (Maitland Road) P.O. Box 44
    Maitland, Ontario K0E 1P0
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Debra Hodgkinson

Posted at 09:49pm
Ernie was a rare breed - a gentleman with a glint of mischief in those eyes. I am sorry that I did not get to share my condolences in person, I have such fond memories of both Mae and Ernie and their love for one another. May God rest his gentle soul.
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Carmela DeAngelis

Posted at 03:21pm
Our most sincere & heartfelt condolences to the White family on the passing of our Beloved Ernie, a wonderful man. Our thoughts & prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. In Sympathy, Lisa Cardillo, Joe, Millie & Matthew DeAngelis & Joanne Cardillo.
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Sonia Ferguson

Posted at 11:33am
I'll always remember Ernie fondly. He was my father-in-law and he and Mae accepted me with open arms. Loved visiting with them in their house at Peacock Point as well as the mobile home in Lakeland. Ernie was also the best grandpa to Jeremy. Rest in peace Ernie. You will be missed.
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Lily Volf

Posted at 09:24pm
We remember Ernie as a true gentleman and one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. He and Mabel loved to dance and we remember getting letters in our Xmas cards written by Mae telling us how many times they had gone to dances...such enviable stamina! Such a dear man...he will be greatly missed....102 Years is not long enough for a man of his caliber. We were related through marriage for nine years, a real privilege. Sincere condolences to Mae and family.
Lily & John



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Theresa Gauthier

Posted at 11:23am
We met Ernie through his son Charlie and daughter-in-law Jan. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to know. Thank you Ernie for sharing wonderful moments with us. You will be missed. Our condolences to all the family. Theresa and Dan Gauthier. Victoria, B. C.
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