Ernest Badia, age 88, of Miami passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at South Miami Hospital. Ernest was born on September 9, 1925, in Tampa Florida, and has resided in Dade County for almost 70 years. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy, one son, Gerald, three grandchildren Deija, Jacob and Melanie, three great grandchildren Adam, Benjamin and Grant and one brother, Jesse Diaz. Ernest Badia served honorably for the Navy during World War II. He attend the University of Miami to complete his Master's degree in electrical engineering to later serve in the Air Force reserve as an electrical engineer. In 1962, he was most notably known as the director of the design of the launching control transmission system for a final stage vehicle at Cape Canaveral. His invention to replace a computer small enough to fit in a shoebox for a launch mission, was later called by his peers as "Ernie's Jewel". Ernest Badia, the fisherman, had many talents. In his retirement, he was most gifted in growing avocado and mango trees on his beautiful farm located in Homestead, Florida. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 2 pm at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery . The family welcomes all friends who wish to come pay their condolences.
Published in the Miami Herald on July 18, 2014