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Born: Jun 23, 1925

Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2019

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Ernest Walley passed away peacefully in the early hours of June 5, 2019 under the excellent care and compassion of the Birch Lodge staff, Hamiota. He was finally released from his eight year struggle with Alzheimers.
Ernie, the youngest of five, was born at Birtle June 23, 1925 to Ernest Albert Walley and Maude Effie Christie. After the completion of grade 12 in 1943, Ernie, like so many of his generation, joined the war effort by training as a bomber pilot. Following the war he joined his brother Jack in the family grocery business in Birtle. 1946 he married Maureen Newsham and they made their home on St. Clair Street, Birtle, living in the same house for 67 years. During his working years Ernie spent many hours volunteering with Birtle Legion, Lions, Fire Department, Birtle Town Council. Fortunately, just prior to the onset of Alzheimers, Ernie wrote his own life story for the 2009 Birtle history book, "Passing It On". His story can be found on the Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service site.
In 1995 Ernie's life changed significantly with the sudden loss of his beloved wife Maureen. He was also predeceased by his parents and siblings, Jack (Alice), Reta (Bud) Duffy, Kay (Tom) Mathews, Jean, and son-in-law Garth Sararas. Left to mourn are his children, Donna, Betty (Barry) Davidson and Fred, grandchildren, Kirby (Erl), Jordin (Carla), Stacey, Jayson (Becky), Deanna (Scott), and great-grandchildren, Lyla, Drayden, Braylie, Jaylynn, Jordynn, Grady and Easton.
The family would like to thank the great little community of Birtle for their help and concern when Ernie started his decline into Alzheimers. There was always someone to steer him in the right direction to find his way home. When it became too unsafe for Ernie to live in his home in Birtle he was moved to the Hamiota Nursing Home, where he spent the last five years of his life.
He was buried June 8, 2019, Birtle Cemetery, in the Walley family plot.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

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