Ernest Joseph Malley

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of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, died peacefully on January 13, 2011.

He is survived by Violet, his beloved wife of 70 years. He was the loving father of Malcolm (Janet), Laurence (Sandra), and Anthony (Kara). He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Diana, Denise, Laura, Reid, Maressa, Olivia, and Mackenzie. He was the adored great-grandfather of Henry, Sydney, Ethan, Sam, Sophia, and Nolah. He was the treasured brother of Gladys and Bernetta. He was predeceased by his daughter Lynda.

Ernie was born in the Acadian town of Chatham, New Brunswick, on July 13, 1921, to Pierre Mallet and Frances Savoie. He joined the Canadian Forces Army Division in 1939 and served until 1945 in the Carleton and York Regiment, fighting in the Italian campaign (the conquest of Sicily, the Battle of Monte Cassino, and the Battle of Ortona) and helping to liberate The Netherlands. He met Violet while stationed in Northampton, England, and proposed to her on their first date. They were married on July 17, 1941.
His honours include the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal. He received an honourary medal to recognize the service of Canadian soldiers involved in the Liberation of The Netherlands. He returned to celebrate the opening of the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, in June 2003 and the 60th anniversary of the Liberation in Groningen, Holland, in May 2005. He was a special friend to the Walvius and Christen families of Drachten, Holland.

Like many boys born by the Miramichi, Ernie spent his career as a lumberman, and worked for Harquail, Kingsway, Beaver, and Main Lumber in New Brunswick and Ontario. He and Violet moved from Oakville, Ontario, to Maple Ridge to retire in 1987.

A service will be held on January 18th at 1:00pm at Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge, (604) 463-8161. An honour guard will be provided by Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88. A private family service and interment will be held in Oakville at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honour may be made to the Salvation Army.

We remember Ernie for his love of family, courage, patriotism, generosity, sense of humour, outstanding harmonica playing, and joie de vivre. Au revoir à notre magnifique père, grand-père, et arrière-grand-père. Tu es tellement aimé et nous allons vous manquer énormément. ‪ ‬

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  1. Karen Kelly (nee Horrigan) :

    Dear Malley family,
    Our sincere sympathies to the whole family, was sad to see Ernie’s obituary in the Toronto Star this morning. Our family, the Horrigan’s, have fond memories of growing up on Russell Dr. with you guys. Mom was saying how nice it was that Ernie came back for a “Russell Drive”
    visit a few years ago. Your family made our street a better place to grow up on. It is with a sad heart that I share with you the news of my own Dad’s recent and unexpected passing on Dec 28th. I was touched that some of the old neighbours attended Dad’s funeral. Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time, take care of one another.
    Sincerely,
    The Horrigan’s

  2. Victor and Nancy Brodhagen :

    We read the obituary for Mr.Ernest Malley in the Toronto Star. We do not know him or his family but wanted to express our condolences for their loss and our thanks for his service in the Canadian Army. In our thoughts,
    Sincerely
    Mr.& Mrs. V Brodhagen
    Stratford, Ontario

  3. Paul & Kym Simmonds :

    Dear Laurence, Sandra and Family:

    Our sincere condolences at the loss of your father. From your stories and this brief obituary he certainly was an amazing man. Once again sorry for your loss and please take care.

    Best Wishes,
    Paul & Kym Simmonds

  4. Sydney Harding :

    RIP grampers<3 you were the best man i have ever known xoxoxo

  5. Diana Malley Lawrence :

    Thank you so much for your kind words. He was a remarkable man.

  6. Malcolm Malley :

    Thanks to all who left messages, Dad will be missed by all. He was our HERO!

  7. Alan Armstrong :

    Ernie Malley was a classy guy and enjoyed his Wife and Family immensely. I fondly recall cutting up Halibut at the Malley condo in Maple Ridge. BC. Ernie could hardly wait until they landed in the fryer!
    Rest in peace Sir …. you have served your Country well …

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