May 31, 1931-October 13, 2014
Ernie passed away peacefully at the Campbell River hospital on October 13, 2014, with his wife and children around him. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen M. Latta, his children Judy-Ann Latta, Gordon G. Latta, Jo-Ann Latta, Ginette Jordan; all of Campbell River, and step-daughter Twyla Nichols of Halifax, NS. He is also survived by sister Ila Maber of Lumby, BC and niece Laura Diamond-c of Fort Liard, NWT. He has eight grandchildren: Travis and Robert Jordan, Katie-Ann and Emily Henderson of Campbell River and Andrew, Jefferey, Kristina Touesnard and Breadon Nichols of Halifax, NS. As well as many great-nieces and nephews. Ernie is predeceased by his father Ernest Latta Sr. and his mother Lilabell Eckmyer.
After five years in the Navy during the Korean War, Ernie moved to Campbell River where he worked at Elk Falls Mill for 35 years.
He was a Charter member of the Tide Rippers dive club and also enjoyed fishing and camping. Ernie was a talented man. He wrote a book and learned to play piano, he was also a potter and model ship builder. He loved children and the kids who lived near us would come for Saturday pancakes or have afternoon tea with him and they still call him Dad. Ernie was an avid reader and passed on this love of books to his children.
His family would like to thank the third floor nurses for their wonderful care, also the doctors who helped him in his last day on Earth. Absent from Earth but present with the Lord, he now pain free and singing his praises to God.
A service will be held to celebrate Ernie’s life on November 1st at the Lutheran Church, corner of 2nd Avenue and Birch Street at 1:30pm.