It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our grandpa, Ernie Palfrey, who passed away at his home on January 3, 2013.
His father, Bertram Clarence Palfrey, came to BC from England in May of 1910 and began work in the orchards for the Kidston family. Ernie’s mother, Gertrude Illman, came from England in 1912 and eventually started working in the kitchen for the Kidston family. The two were married in 1914. Ernie was born on June 6, 1929, into a family with six siblings.
Ernie was very well known and involved in the Coldstream community. He was one of four founding members of the Coldstream Fire Hall, which was founded in 1962; he served as a member for 35 years. He was also a member on the Coldstream Council from 1975-1987, until he was elected as Mayor of Coldstream in 1987-1996. In addition to being a trustee member for the Vernon Irrigation District for 34 years and a founding member of S.O.D.I.C.A Dairy, which became NOCA Dairy, Ernie ran a successful dairy farm and fruit orchard. 58 years of Ernie’s life was dedicated to his milk cows before he retired from milking in the year 2000. “Retiring” being the key word; “the chief” spent the next ten years overseeing the dairy herds and working side by side with his two grandchildren.
Grandpa Ernie was very loved and cherished by his son, Rodney, and his two grandchildren, Brock and Kayla, both of whom he thought the world of. Ernie is also survived by his sister, Irene Newell, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of which he deeply cared about. Ernie was a lovable, generous character that will be extremely missed by his good friends, his community and his big brown dog, Sassy.
Thank you to all of our family, friends and the community for their love and support during this extremely difficult time. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on January 11, 2013 at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Tea to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.