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Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2021

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Ernest passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2021 at the age of 78.
He leaves behind his wife Rolande of nearly 52 years; children, Michelle, Marc (Yasmin), Lynne (Ryan); grandchildren, Ophélie (Ian), Léo and Rosalie; his sister Thérèse (Alfred); sisters-in-law, Jeannette (Adrien) and Lucille; brother-in-law Ed (Colleen); many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edmond and Lucie; brothers, René and Albert and sisters, Agnès and S. Rita m.o.
Ernest was raised on a farm in Ile-des-Chênes. He spoke fondly of his farm life and relished every memory. He married Rolande Johnson of Lorette in 1969 and soon after, returned to his farming roots in Ile-des-Chênes, where they bought a small farmstead on the outskirts of the town. Although very demanding, he enjoyed it. He taught himself how to build, repair and master new skills, all the while working for Canada Packers. He was hard working, determined and unable to sit still until all the tasks were done to perfection. Years later, they moved to Winnipeg, which led him to pursue the property rental business, which he excelled at as owner manager. Later, he took on another project; to build his cottage on Davidson Lake in Eastern Manitoba. It would be his pride and joy. He loved being there, puttering around, hosting friends and family and watching the birds and boats go by.
His most precious times were spent with his grandchildren. He was involved in their lives; babysitting, chauffeuring and attending their school and sporting events. He made them laugh with his funny (mis)quotes and he listened to them. He genuinely loved to hear what they were up to. He was their beloved Pépère!
Ernest enjoyed travelling throughout the USA, Mexico, Europe and especially visiting his cousins in Belgium. He also loved and enjoyed the happy hours spent in Mesa, AZ.
How did he manage it all? He had a work and life partner with Rolande. They worked side-by-side and depended on each other for everything. Even though we joked about it, we will all miss him saying ten times a day, "Where's mom?" He always wanted her near him. He cared, loved and respected her so much.
He fought a valiant battle with cancer for more than 20 years and suffered many illnesses throughout his life. He did not allow those setbacks to define who he was. He never complained about his aches and pains. He always remained positive and loved his life.
A service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 03, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Sometimes, a simple story is the best way to capture the essence of a person. It's February 1959, Île-des-Chênes, and my Mom (Jeannette's) water has broken on her first delivery, my older sister Diane. Well, Dad was working in Winnipeg and she needed to get to St-Boniface Hospital pronto. The only man available at my grandmother's (Lucie Petit) house is Ernie, my Dad's 17 year old younger brother. He has to step up to the plate and take the task at hand. He drives his sister-in- law in screaming labor to the hospital successfully. Diane is born with no complications. My uncle, my godfather, Mon Oncle Ernest. My deepest condolences to Matante Rolande, Michelle, Marc (Yasmin), Lynne (Ryan) and all the grandchildren. - Posted by: Gilles Petiit (Nephew) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • With sadness and a heavy heart I write this tribute to Ernie. He was a wonderful gentleman, a man with a huge heart and a laugh that always made you smile. We miss the wonderful times at the lake where we shared many cold drinks, good conversation and much laughter, and a few arguments about politics. To the family, remember all the wonderful memories, they will help with the loss and grief that you have - and remember he will always be with you. From the Tudryn Family (Davidson Lake) - Posted by: Tudryn Family (Davidson Lake neighbor) on: Apr 06, 2021

  • Our hearts are filled with the sadness of Ernie's passing. Ernie was a very kind, generous, hard working, good man. We have wonderful memories of our friendship and visits thru the years as well as special holidays with you both, in Vegas, Arizona and at the cabin. We will miss Ernie very much! Our deepest sympathies to you Rolande, and your entire family. Take care. - Posted by: Julian & Lyn (good friends) on: Apr 03, 2021

  • Nos sincères sympathies Rolande a toi ainsi que ta famille. Nos pensées et prières sont avec vous. - Posted by: Dollard Lachance et Mariette Lachance (ami d'Ile des Chênes) on: Apr 03, 2021

  • Our condolences to Rolande and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time - Posted by: Denise Dern (cousin) on: Apr 03, 2021

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