Born Ernest William Grolla Jr. in Lac La Biche, AB, Ernie grew up in Edmonton where he met the love of his life. Ernie married Iris in 1983 and they spent their married life in Burnaby, Aldergrove, Mission, Pitt Meadows and Squamish before moving to Invermere in 2001. They have two sons, Evan (Amanda) and Addison.
Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Rose and Ernest Sr. and by his sister, Hope. He is survived by his sister, Gerri.
Ernie’s sense of humour and ready smile will be missed by all of his extended family, friends and the staff and customers who knew him at Home Hardware.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and nurses at Invermere & District Hospital and to the local ambulance attendants.
No service will be held, at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either Dyer House (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 2012—3rd Ave., Trail, B.C. V1R 1R7—noted as “for Dyer House”) or Sanctuary House (Generation to Generation Society, 1705 Bay Ave., Trail, BC V1R 4B5), both of which supported Ernie and the family when he
had treatments in Trail.