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Henry Ernst
July 23, 1921 - September 14, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">After a full and happy 95 years, Hank passed away in Calgary on September 14. Pop was born in rural Nova Scotia, Blockhouse, near Lunenburg. He was number six in a ten child family. After a two room schoolhouse education, he joined the military in 1941 and flew missions with 420 RCAF as a tail gunner in Wellington bombers, where his nickname ‘Crash’ was well earned and gave him membership in the Guinea Pig club for burned servicemen. His career with aviation continued on discharge, when he joined the budding national airline TCA, now Air Canada. As well as providing a long and satisfying career, it allowed he and his family to travel the globe. Hank was a tremendously social person as those who met him through Air Canada Pioneers, Gyro Club and Air Crew knew well. He was most happy when surrounded by friends and family in any setting, though the deck with the barbeque smoking was his favourite. <br>He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Rose. He was loved and admired by his partner Patricia Fleet; children Bill (Rosslyn) in Halifax, Ron (Nina) in Calgary, Bruce (Christine) in Canmore, Rosemary in Vernon; grandchildren Bevan, Gillian, Linden, Emily, Roger, Graham, Duncan, Taylor, Jared and Logan; great grandchildren Carson, Lain, Tucker, Brielle and Bridget; as well as many nieces and nephews. <br>He was predeceased by his parents William and Effie, brothers Evan, Harry, Fenwick, Wendell, Arnold, Homer and his sister Myrtle. He is survived by his brother Edward and sister Isabelle Lohnes. <br>The comfort and comradery of the staff and residents of the Colonel Belcher was greatly appreciated. Veterans Affairs Canada is acknowledged for their support. <br>In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice or Vet Angels <br>A rememberance of Hank’s life will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Eden Brook Funeral Home (corner of 17th Avenue SW and Lower Springbank Road). <br></div>