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Born: Mar 31, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 01, 2011

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ERNIE LABOVICH Passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the age of 82. A graveside service will be held Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., at the Hebrew Sick Cemetery, 2605 McPhillips St. Please, no flowers. Longer obituary to follow.

ERNIE LABOVICH 1929 - 2011 Peacefully, at the Maples Personal Care Home, Ernie passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory his partner, Violet Schick. Also his daughter Laura and grandson Aaron; his son David; and the mother of his children, Eleanor Labovich; as well as many cousins. Ernie had a special love for Violet's daughter Brenda (Wes Jansson) and Laura, and his personal barber Marc Gray. Ernie was born March 31, 1929 to Peter and Reta Labovich. His first love was music and as a teenager began his lifelong association with the saxophone, flute and clarinet. His music took him throughout Manitoba and on to Toronto and New York City where he played in many bands and worked in the electronics field. When Ernie returned to Winnipeg he ended up with Tip Top Electronics until his retirement. Ernie never stopped his musical endeavours, teaching saxophone and clarinet to students of all ages. He continued to play in groups, notably Taste of New Orleans , at first with son David followed by James Harrison and finally with Don Milne. Ernie also had a love for model trains and all things Betty Boop. Ernie loved jazz. Ernie played in the East Kildonan Community Band for the sheer enjoyment of the music and the friends he made there. He enjoyed his time with the men's breakfast club and Saturday brunches with close friends Joan and Bill Morton, Gren Marsh and Ann Whitwell and the late Brian Whitwell. NO CHEESE, COFFEE LATER . A graveside service was held Friday, December 2, at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery, Rabbi Larry Lander officiating. Pallbearers were David Labovich, Jerome Breslaw, George Freed, Bernie Sucharov, Bruce Granove and Jeff Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Max Labovitch, Irvin Labovitch, Larry Ross and Marc Gray. A special thank you to Richard Lee who was a faithful visitor during Ernie's stay at the Maples.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 02, 2011

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I regret that I only learned of Ernie's passing today, some 10 years after his death. He was my clarinet and saxophone teacher in Queens, New York between 1962 and 1966. Ernie was a talented musician and an inspirational instructor. He brought jazz records from his own collection to the lessons and let me borrow them, from which I developed a lifelong love of jazz. The best tribute I can provide is to say that I am 71 years old now, and I still play woodwinds and perform in public, due in no small part to Ernie's talented instruction. - Posted by: Martin Skrocki (Student) on: Mar 31, 2021

  • I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of uncle Ernie , I was not aware of his passing until I had submitted my mother's obituary and noticed his , my mother always said she always talked to him at Gwen sector when he would come there and play . My fondest memmories was always seeing him and talking with him at the bomber games with my wife Anita and always was so sweet and welcoming when ever he seen me . My greatest mom motors of David and Laura was at Grandma Ruth's apartment on grant avenue having great laughs over making fun of a tv commercial and a neck pillow , wish we had kept in touch , I say better late than never and you can start by reaching me at and we can go from there. My heart felt condolences to David, Laura and family . Love Joel & Anita , - Posted by: Joel Labovich (3rd cousin) on: Jan 30, 2015

  • I am sorry I missed this notice! :( I knew Ernie for many years through the electronics industry. I would often see him at the Ellice Sals over lunch. I never heard him perform but he always spoke of his music. Ernie was a gregarious gentleman, one of the nicest guys I ever met. I grieve his loss. - Posted by: Michael Gillespie () on: Jul 01, 2014

  • I enjoyed listening to his music at McNally Robinson from the top of the mezzanine - Posted by: chris (fan) on: Sep 22, 2013

  • Dear Dave, Warms greetings from Saskatoon. I am very sorry to hear that your father Ernie died last year. I send you, your mother Eleanor, your sister Laura, and your other family members heartfelt condolences on behalf of Nadine, my wife, and me. I still vividly remember talking to your father on the telephone when you were living in Saskatoon. I fondly remember my conversation with him so many years ago and how enjoyable it was to speak to him. He was obviously a very friendly and likable man. You were very blessed to have had such a loving father, especially since both of you had a mutual love for music. I can still recall our lively conversation and him telling me that I sounded like his friend Jack Gold. Dave and family, let us all look forward to the future resurrection when we will see your father again. I too look forward to that future time and hope to talk to your father again. Your friend in Saskatoon, Hans-Friedrich Tamke. - Posted by: Hans-Friedrich Tamke (friend of David Labovich) on: Sep 28, 2012

  • I knew Ernie very well, from our teen age years and well beyond. We were first couains. He was a dedicated musician, a quiet and gentle person. I last spoke with him by telephone about a year ago. He was in good spirits, although by then he was no longer able to continue his life's work playing the tenor sax. - Posted by: Gerald Sinclair (1st cousin) on: Feb 11, 2012

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