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Lifelong Fort Frances, Ont. resident Ernest John Howard Calder Sr., 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, with his family by his side, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

He was born Aug. 19, 1921 in Fort Frances to Edward and Nancy Calder.

He married his true love, the former Eileen Decker of International Falls, Mn., on Sept. 12, 1942 in Fort Frances. They would have celebrated their 68th anniversary this fall.

As a young man, Ernie was a musher, having his own sled dog team for which he was very proud and shared many stories about.

He retired as a millwright at Abitibi-Consolidated.

Ernie and Eileen enjoyed camping and fishing at Morson Provincial Park for several years with family and many special friends, including Gordy and Kim Gushulak, Ethel and the late Don Lowey and John and Eva Moran.

Even up to his final days, one of his favourite pastimes was a good game of Cribbage.

His happiest moments were spent with family and friends, playing cards, woodworking, gardening, strumming guitar, and decorating his house for Christmas.

He took special pride in his growing family, and always was ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eileen; five children, Lawrence “Lonnie” and Laura Calder, Lenore “Lennie” and Dr. Michael Adams, Ernest Jr. “Guy” and Wendy Calder, Debbie and Rod Hebert, and Kevin and Tammie Calder; grandchildren, Dorla and Murray Wright, Todd and Donna Calder, Guy and Donalda Calder, Terril Calder and Brander Olafson, Tom Hebert (Carla Hanzuk), Lisa Price and Rob Price, Jason and Julie Hebert, Vicki and Curtis Blanchard, Ben and Rachel Hebert, Tyler Calder, Matthew Calder (Nathalie Donaldson), Tanner Calder (Samantha Luoma), and Max Calder; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was precdeceased by his parents, Edward and Nancy Calder, and was the last remaining sibling of nine.

Also predeceasing him was an infant granddaughter, Toni Calder.

Ernie was a jack of all trades, and a master of all!

A “celebration of life” for family and friends will take place Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. at the Sunset Metis’ Hall in Fort Frances.

In memoriam donations may be made to Rainycrest Home for the Aged, the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the donor’s choice.

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