With heavy hearts the family of Ernie Doucette announce his peaceful passing on Friday, January 20th. Ernie was surrounded by his loving family when he lost his fight with cancer.
Ernie was a Mechanical Engineer and started his career in Pine Falls, Manitoba then moved to Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Chandler, Quebec and then settled in Dryden, Ontario with his young family where he worked for the Dryden Paper Mill for 8 years. Ernie made a complete career change and moved his family to Richmond, BC where he joined a long-time friend in his contracting business building executive houses. Ernie enjoyed his year in Richmond but entered back into Engineering when he accepted a job with Cariboo Pulp in Quesnel and moved the family north in 1978. He remained at Cariboo Pulp and retired in 1997 after 19 years as Manager of Engineering & Maintenance.
Ernie enjoyed curling, golfing, fishing and was an avid gardener. Later in life Ernie and June became active in the Quesnel Senior’s Centre with organizing the Tuesday card group for 10 years as well as Ernie’s senior’s weekly night Pool.
Dad is predeceased by his father Donald and mother Josephine Doucette. Dad was born in Russell, Manitoba February 7th, 1938 and later moved to Virden, Manitoba for his youth. He is survived by June, his loving wife of 50 years, sons Darren (Marina) of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Dean (Tracey) of Quesnel, Duane (Abagail) of Prince George and daughter Leanne (Doug) Couldwell of Quesnel as well grandchildren, Shelby, Mathew, Mitchell, Quinn, Lydia, Madeline, Adam and Tessa & Jillian and special niece Charmaine(Casey) & Ethanial Moses, brother Emile and sister Joanne.
A heartfelt thank-you to Dr. VanDyk & Dr. Casses, the nurses & staff at hospice who cared for Dad so compassionately, and for their support and kindness to Mom during this difficult time. We will not forget you. Thank-you to the pharmacy at Extra Foods and also the many visits and phone calls from friends.
Dad will be remembered for his quiet gentle ways, his devotion to his family and his patience as a husband, father and grandfather. One of Dad’s dearest qualities was that he was “always there for us”.
A celebration of Ernie’s life and tea will be held on Friday, January 27th at 1:00pm at the Quesnel Senior’s Centre, 461 Carson Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association – Box 4537 Quesnel BC V2J 3J8, Quesnel Senior’s Society, SPCA or a charity of your choice.