NIELD, Ernest Robert

While surrounded by his family, Ernest Robert Nield passed peacefully on August 26th /2013 at Hospice House. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas William and Sarah Nield, and most recently his brother, William, all of England.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 54 years, Norma; son Mark Nield (Kathleen) of Vernon; daughter Julie French (Duff) of Cochrane; and son Howard Clearman (Anne) of Pasadena. He is also remembered by: his sister Betty Ardern (Lawrence) of Calgary; sister-in-law Linda Jones (Eric) of St. Catherines; and sister-in-law Audrey Nield of England; grandchildren: Madelynn (Geoff), Arron, Tori, Michael, Jeremy (Amber), Jamie, and Ayla; his 4 great-grandchildren: Keira, Riley, Kaden, and Wyatt; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members throughout Canada and England.

Ernie was born in Manchester, England on January 27th, 1927. Growing up during the war, he went to work as a young teenager to help support his family in the coal business where he learned at very early age the ethic of hard work and an honest dollar. He married his first wife, Beryl, and had his first son, Howard, before coming to the USA in the early ‘50’s. Unfortunately, the marriage dissolved and Ernie returned to England where he married Norma and they had two children, Mark and Julie.

Dad’s health predicated him having to leave England’s wet climate and moving the family to Canada in 1968, first settling in Falkland on a large farm. Realizing that farming was perhaps not his calling, the next move was shorter and in 1970 moved to Vernon. Relying on his knowledge and experience of having owned and operated kennels and quarantine section for Manchester, Ernie built the Commonage Kennels and became the pound keeper. Throughout Dad’s many various businesses he owned, he always tried to provide business opportunities that he and Mom could operate together and provide the kids with some chances to learn and work with them. Some of their endeavours included the Hobby/Model Shop, making candies (Okanagan Candies ), doll furniture, Okanagan Ribbons, Roberts & Roberts Screw Manufacturing, Video Movies and Okanagan Pillows/Duvets. Dad and Mom worked together as partners for their entire marriage. Whenever you saw either of them, you would know the other wasn’t far away.

Ernie’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice House for their care and hugs.

A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments and social to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to Hospice House, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B. C. V1T 1S4. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home.

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