September 11, 1929 – March 28, 2020
Ernie died at Nanaimo Senior Village complex care from complications of Dementia. Dad was a well loved and respected husband, father, friend, athlete, neighbour and business executive.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Barbara; daughters Karen Morrison (Mark) & Heather Baluta; grandchildren Stefan Baluta, Andrew Baluta (Alexandria) & Raisa Baluta (Andrew).
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ernie grew up with 4 brothers & 2 sisters. His family was athletic and Ernie competed in baseball and basketball at the provincial level. Later he added curling & golf to his sports activities and also became quite an accomplished do-it-yourselfer with home improvements. Ernie graduated in the first graduating class of RIA’s in Winnipeg, he was later the President of the CMA’s (now CPA’s) in Manitoba serving two terms. He retired with Vulcan Automotive in Vancouver as their Controller.
Ernie was always willing to volunteer and put in countless hours with a wide variety of organizations. He was a comic referee with the Harlem Globetrotters when they toured through Winnipeg and he volunteered with Skate Canada. He always loved music and spent many wonderful years in his church choir in Langley, and after moving to Parksville, with The Village Voices and the Craig Bay Choristers. He was forced to give up those hobbies which he loved the most when his disease seriously progressed about 3 years ago.
We would very much like to thank all the nurses, care aids & housekeeping staff at NSV complex care; a better group of people would be hard to find, we continued to be amazed at your kindness and patience.
Please do not send flowers; if you so wish make a donation to the charity of your choice or the Alzheimer’s society. Once we are allowed, a celebration of life will be scheduled. (We won’t forget about the lunch Dad) Obituary
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