Ernest Edward “Ernie” Day

Ernie completed his earthly journey at Baillie House, peacefully, in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 10th. He leaves to mourn his passing a large family and many friends, including his wife of 61 years, Gail, sons Robin (Patricia), Kevin (Anna), daughter Kristel Nuspl (David), Ernie’s grandchildren, Christina Charles (Tim), Pamela McCaughan (Daniel). Michelle Day, Alyssa Day, Skyler Day, Jacob Nuspl, and Taylor and Matthew Nuspl. Despite his many health problems, Ernie lived long enough to also welcome four beautiful great granddaughters, Hannah and Maya Charles, and Claire and Hailey McCaughan. He is also survived by his three sisters, Lillian Giesbrecht, of Winnipeg, Marjorie Henry of St. Rose, MB, and Shirley Marko of Smithers, and brother Frank of Kelowna. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, infant Scott (1969), and Brian in 1975, a sister Doreen Moman (Red Deer, AB) and brother James (Minitonas, MB).

Ernie had a long and colorful life. He was born in a small town in Manitoba, and grew up on a small farm. At the age of 18 he left home to work in the gold mining community of Balmertown, in N.W. Ontario. After an accident underground in 1959, he left the mines to sell life insurance, and drive school bus and taxi. This led to his training for, and running the Red Lake Airport facility for Transport Ltd., a regional airline. He purchased Red Lake Travel in 1969, which he developed into a thriving business in five years, adding a rental car franchise into the mix. Meanwhile, Gail obtained her general insurance license and opened a successful insurance agency. In 1974, he and Gail made the decision to sell and move to the west so the children would have a better chance at a further education, post high school. After scouring the Fraser Valley towns, looking for a nice place to settle down again, they chose Maple Ridge, where they purchased Maple Ridge Travel in 1976.
Ernie took an active interest in local politics, having served as a School Trustee for nine years, and then won a seat on Municipal Council in 1993. He and Gail sold Maple Ridge Travel in 2004 and retired.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Paul Simonsic, and all the caring Nurses and Staff at Baillie House and Ridge Meadows Hospital, for their excellent care of Ernie over the past two and a half years.
Please, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of choice would be most appreciated.

Expressions of condolences can be made below.

A Memorial Service will be held at Haney Presbyterian Church at 11858 216th St, Maple Ridge at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 24th.
Private interment to follow.

Contact information:

Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929 Email:

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    Gail and family
    Ernie will be missed for his friendship, kindness and jokes. As a friend and boss in Red Lake, you both were kind enough to hire me on at the insurance agency. Will always remember him turning off the runway lights when I was helping Bruce clear the runway, and I froze. Also for friending Bruce when he first arrived to work at Transport in Cochenour
    Adding to our wedding being our Master of Cermonies, threatening to put corn flakes in our bed.
    Remembe the good times
    He will be missed

  2. http://Judy%20Riding

    Gail & Family
    I know Ernie will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was one of those people who just knew how to make you smile and make you feel welcome. He was a truly good man. I know your sense of loss is great right now, but have faith that he is with his God and all his friends and family that have gone before him. Take care and my heart is with you.
    Judy Riding

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