BURNS, Ernest James December 19, 1923 - August 23, 2013 . On August 23, at Cowichan District Hospital, 'Ernie' Burns died after a lingering illness. Ernie leaves his cherished partner, Dorothy Blanchette, his dog Sammy; 5 children: Carolyn, Bill, Nancy, Bob and Kelly; 3 stepchildren: Gary, Paulette and Randy; numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by Kay, his loving wife of 50 years; 1 stepchild; several grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his parents, Ernest and Mabel; and his sister Doris. Ernie was born in Burnaby and served in the Navy then completed his machinist's apprenticeship. His love of the outdoors brought him to Lake Cowichan in 1953 where he worked for the Forest Service and then in several positions at WFI. Ernie was a long-term member of the boards of directors at the Lake Cowichan Co-op and the Lake Cowichan District Credit Union, served with the Lake Cowichan Town Council and the CVRD, and a Junior Forest Wardens' leader. In later years he moved to Duncan. Ernie's children appreciate the support of Noel Phillips, and the dedicated care from nurses and Drs. Postuk and Nielsen at Cowichan Hospital. Friends and family are invited to share in a reception to celebrate Ernie's life at 5806 Carmel Drive, Duncan on Friday August 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Lung Association or the Hiiye'yu Lelum House of Friendship Society would be appreciated.
Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2013