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Date of Passing: Dec 13, 2013

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ERNEST HENRY UNDERHILL ESME ELLENA UNDERHILL (née COMBERBACH) Our loving parents Ernest Henry Underhill, 91, passed December 13, 2013 and Esme Ellena Underhill, 87, (née Comberbach) passed February 13, 2014. Both born in Winnipeg, they lived much of their lives in Nelson and Duncan, BC. They were married for 67 years. Ernest was an artist, painter, art educator and designer. He served in the RCAF during the Second World War. He left behind a legacy of paintings and art objects. He earned BFA, MFA and PhD degrees. He was a family man and an outdoors enthusiast. Esme went to l'Ecole des Beaux-arts de Montréal. She loved creating watercolours, pastels, drawings and poetry. With six children, her life as a mother and homemaker took priority over her artistic pursuits. She had a great memory, sharp wit, and good sense of humour. They raised their children to be independent, creative and critical thinkers. They are survived by their children, Elena, Eldon, Eve, Erik, Elyn and Elisa, their partners, Ernest's only sibling Edith and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Esme was predeceased by her seven older siblings.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 08, 2014

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • We are so sorry to learn of the loss of both of your parents in such a short span of time. It truly was a loving and caring relationship. I too remember each Christmas anxiously waiting for that special Christmas card from your family. Sadly those that were saved have now been lost in the passing of my parents. Cherish and keep your wonderful memories and share them with your children and grandchildren. With our sincere sympathy, Jill & Len Dutka - Posted by: JILL (COMBERBACH) DUTKA (NIECE) on: Jul 10, 2014

  • My mother Joyce Broadbent (nee McCalder) grew up in the St. James area of Winnipeg. It was here I believe that she came to be friends with your parents. One of my fondest memories of my mother is her proudly displaying the Christmas card that your father would create each year. She saved every one of them and upon her passing we framed three of the cards of your fathers' early works in 4 frames - one for myself and each of my 3 brothers. It is one of my favorite pictures that I hang in my home as it not only reminds me of my mother but of the value she placed on her friendship with your parents. My deepest condolences on the passing of your parents. Sincerely - Rosemary Broadbent - Posted by: Rosemary Broadbent (my mother was a friend of your parents) on: Mar 08, 2014

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