I was privileged to be an altar server under Fr. Ernie at St. Mary's Church in Kitchener. Fr. Ernie was a great mentor and spiritual guide as I discerned a spiritual calling and taught me quite a bit about the Catholic Faith. After Fr. Ernie left St. Mary's it was nice to run into him around Resurrection Manor or filling in at St. Mary's. He was kind enough to officiate my wedding lat St. Mary's. His approach to spirituality was infectious.
As a student at St. Mary's High School we always saw Fr. Ernie walking around with this classic cigar and crossword puzzle around the Church. Anyone who was lucky to interact with him and learn from Fr. Ernie has benefited from his vast experience and his knowledge. He will be sadly missed.
Fr. Ernie spent several vacations with my family in the Kawartha's and many evenings visiting the family in Paris. He was like an uncle to me and my siblings. In high school, Fr. Ernie taught me World Religons, inviting guest speakers of all faiths to chat about their faith, and broaden our respect for those who did not practice Christianity. Several years later, Fr. Ernie provided me a letter of reference, assisting me in becoming a police officer. He concellebrated my wedding, and baptised my children. I am so grateful for having him be part of so many moments in my life.