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Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2014

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ERNEST CHARLES MUTIMER December 15, 1924 - December 27, 2014 Peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side, Ernie passed away on the morning of Saturday, December 27 at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, his home for the last four and a half years. Ernie is survived by his beloved wife Ann, his children Paul, Deborah McLeod (Gordon), Bryan (Rita), stepdaughters Caitlin Kowall (Aaron) and Aidan Topping, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Doris, his first wife Norah and his oldest son David (JoAnne). Ernie was born and brought up in Winnipeg. In 1936 he travelled with his parents to France for the commemoration of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. He served in the RCAF as a navigator during the Second World War. After his discharge, Ernie attended St. John's College and obtained his BA. He then went to the Lorne Greene Radio Academy in Toronto. He started his career in radio in Kenora, Ontario as "Ernie the Early Bird". Ernie was a producer with the CBC in Winnipeg for many years working on Red River Jamboree and Happy Land. He spent two years in Malaya in the mid 1960s helping set up their first television network. He also spent three years in Trinidad and Tobago working in communications with UNESCO before his return to the CBC in Saskatoon. Ernie also wrote reviews for the Winnipeg Tribune and after his retirement he wrote a regular monthly column for the Manitoba Society of Seniors Journal. Ernie was also one of the group of retired media who set up the old-timers' radio station CKVN in 1995 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. He had a regular stint on the station playing music of the 1930s and 1940s which he loved. He was also a prolific writer of plays, books, and an operetta, Cannington's Manners, which was performed in Weyburn Saskatchewan for several years. We would like to give heartfelt thanks and a hand-kiss to his nurses Evelyn, Rita, Corinne, Lana, Adi, Justin and Rosalinda as well as all the healthcare aides who looked after Ernie with great care and gentleness. We always knew that he was in good hands. Cremation has taken place and, as Ernie wished, no funeral service is planned. A private family celebration of Ernie's life will be held in the summer at the family cottage. Rest well, Kupu Kupu. You are in my heart forever.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2015

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Ernie and Norah Mutimer fill my earliest childhood memories...and they will both live there forever. It has been many, many years since I last saw Ernie, but a part of my heart has been broken today...knowing that he no longer fills this world with his laughter and stories and songs. - Posted by: Mary Trainor Claridge (Family Friend...from a LONG time ago...) on: Mar 08, 2015

  • So sorry to see of Ernie's passing. I remember Ernie working with my Dad over many, many years, and then in Weyburn. I found a letter Ernie had sent to Mom on Dad's passing (20 years ago and what a wonderful letter). Sad, too, that the 3 "Cannington" men are gone now, Dad, Tibor and now Ernie. How they worked on that show! - Posted by: Pat Cooper(neeMcMullin) (colleagues(Bob Mcmullin) daughter) on: Jan 31, 2015

  • I worked with Ernie in the 1980s on a show he directed and produced called Saskatoon Today. I will never forget those years working with Ernie. He had an incredible positive energy and drive, always enthusiastic with a youthful excitement for his work. I never laughed so hard or had so much fun or learned so much -- and all because of Ernie's incredible influence. - Posted by: Paul Lewis (Former CBC colleague ) on: Jan 27, 2015

  • I worked with Ernie in Saskatoon, there was never a dull moment. We used to do a live noon hour talk show and Ernie always liked to go out and thank the guests for coming by, the only thing he'd do this when he was directing the show. He'd jump out of his seat run out the door, escort them to the elevator and try to make it back before the commercial break ended, he made it most times. - Posted by: David Johnston (Co-worker in Saskatoon ) on: Jan 27, 2015

  • When we moved to Riverview, we quickly meet Ernie and Ann as they are our next door neighbours! We had many wonderful conversations with Ernie over the fence and once he learned I worked for the CBC we had much to talk about. Philip and I were amazed by his energy and when he mowed his back lawn with his big industrial bright orange earmuffs on, it always brought a smile to our faces!! Ernie also loved our home grown tomatoes and my rhubarb cream pie, and I continued to send them to him while he was in care. Ann said he loved his fresh tomato sandwiches!! We will miss him and we send our loving thoughts to Ann and all the family. - Posted by: Marilyn Maki and Phil Methot (Neighbour) on: Jan 27, 2015

  • We enjoyed our get-togethers with the Mutimer Clan over the years, particularly out at Laurentia Beach. Ernie was a real character in every sense of the word - a very talented, entertaining man. He lived a long and eventful life for sure. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Rod & Bev Smith (Family friends) on: Jan 26, 2015

  • Ernie was a very talented producer who was always a treat to work for. RIP Ernie. My thoughts and prayers go to his family at this time. - Posted by: Brian Lawrence (co-worker) on: Jan 25, 2015

  • Ernie was a very talented producer who was always a treat to work for. RIP Ernie. My thoughts and prayers go to his family at this time. - Posted by: Brian Lawrence (co-worker) on: Jan 25, 2015

  • One of the great characters o f my life wroTe an operetta about my grandfathers home cannington manor in sask gave me the name lee major and my own morning radio show i called him dad and was proud to be in cbc hall of fame with him thanks ernie - Posted by: Lee Major (Ivan LeMesurier) (friend and boss) on: Jan 25, 2015

  • I learned a great deal from Ernie and we had many discussions about life, doing things that are exciting, and generally just grabbing to life and enjoying it. RIP Ernie, you were great mentor and consistently offered encouragement when all seemed to be at the most bleak. - Posted by: Lee Smith (Former Colleague from the CKVN Special Events Radio period) on: Jan 24, 2015

  • A pleasant man to work with, always smiling and jolly, enjoyed every time we met and worked at CKVN radio. My thoughts and prayers got to his family at this time. God Bless - Posted by: Joseph Webb (Friend and Co- worker) on: Jan 24, 2015

  • I'm glad I had a chance to tell "Mute" as we called him, that he is responsible for my enjoyment of classical music. He was CBC radio's manager in Winnipeg when he called Me into his office one day to tell me I was going to host a classical music show on FM. I informed him that I knew little of that genre. He told me I'd learn. I did. To this day , I listen and enjoy the music of the old masters. I didn't call him "Mute" when he was my boss but only later when we "toiled" at CKVN. A great guy who will be missed . - Posted by: Murray Parker (Friend, co-worker ) on: Jan 24, 2015

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