September 5, 1930 – December 19, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Ernst is predeceased by his parents, Ernst and Luise Sketsch, and his brother Fritz.
He is survived by his wife, Lotte; his sons Michael (Kathryn) and Ralph (Brenda),; grandchildren Brandi (Micah), Colten (Vanna), Kyle (Tamiko) and Justin; great-grandchildren Gabriella, Sebastion and Fredrick; his brother Rudi and sister Erika, both of Germany. Ernst was born in East Prussia, Germany.
On January 28, 1945, Ernie and his family were to flee from the Russians. The temperature at the time was -20 C. They were in a covered wagon with 17 people on board and headed west.
Ernie walked, following the wagon all across northern Germany. They ended up on an island in the Baltic Sea where the family settled, Ernest finished his schooling and apprenticeship. At 18 years old, he was a tradesman. He worked at any job he could find. His last job in Germany was in Frankfurt.
His brother, then living in Port Alberni, invited Ernst to come. Ernst had just turned 22 when he boarded an old freighter -MS Beaver Brea – known to immigrants. He landed in Quebec and then travelled across Canada to Vancouver Island. He worked in northern Vancouver Island for 2 years in logging.
The next good job he found was in Plywood Plant in Port Alberni. He met his wife-to-be, Lotte. They married on February 11, 1956. He bought a lot, built the family’s first home and welcomed two sons.
In 1963, Ernst rented a newly built service station. During this time, and into his retirement he also built a house for each of his sons. He was one of the founders of Mr. Arrowmith Ski Hill. It was wonderful to be able to ski so close to home and have his family around. Ernst volunteered during the Regatta for the handicapped. He was also a full-time member of Club Europa.
Ernst fought glaucoma for 20 years, a battle he lost and became totally blind. He was forced to sit at home, which was hard – getting around was harder. Nevertheless, he enjoyed every visitor and surprised them with memories and stories.
The last weeks were very difficult.
Hopefully, his soul is above
the mountains and at peace.
Enjoy your freedon, Ernie.
You will live in our hearts.
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