It is with great sadness that the family of Ernie announce his passing on the morning of Tuesday August 18, 2015. He died peacefully at the Pines in Kimberley at the age of 85.
Ernie Oakland was born in Vancouver and moved to Golden at the age of 3 years. He went to school in Golden and then found employment with the Government Bridge Crew. He was married in 1955 to Patricia Burrin in Golden and a year later moved to Marysville. There he became the Work’s Foreman for the Village. He transferred to the City of Kimberley after the amalgamation. He retired at age 59 after 34 years employment with the City and then spent many winters enjoying the sunshine in Yuma, Arizona.
Ernie was an avid outdoorsman, loved fishing, hunting and camping and especially enjoyed spending time with family at their summer place in Perry Creek. This spring he and Pat celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Ernie leaves to mourn his passing, his wife – Pat, daughters – Robin and Lori, brother in law – Fred (Marg) Burrin. 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his son – Chris, his brother Larry Oakland and his wife Vi, sister Amy and her husband Norm Poole. Brother in law Peter Burrin and his parents Percy and Lena Oakland of Golden.
At Ernie’s request there will be no funeral service. A gathering of family and close friends will be held on Saturday August 22, from 1:00 to 4:00, at their home in Marysville.
In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made in his honour to the Kimberley Special Care Home Memorial Fund.