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ERNEST "ERNIE" A., 81
Ocala - Ernest "Ernie" A. Rexin, 81, of Ocala, FL passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 24, 1931 to Ernest and Henrietta Rexin. He was raised in the Yorkville section of Manhattan.
Ernie was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, he became a licensed Second Mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine where he sailed as a Second Mate and earned a Chief mate endorsement. During his sailing days, he visited 64 different islands and countries making lifelong acquaintances everywhere he went. Between his sailing commitments, he put his talents to further use as a Marine Surveyor and a Port Captain supervising the leading and discharge of containerized and bulk cargo at the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island, NY and at other major ports along the east coast. He was also instrumental in introducing modern cargo handling operation in Mexico, Brazil and El Salvador.
Ernie was an extremely loving husband to his wife and best friend of 38 years, Florence Rexin, whom he met at the Howland Hook Container Terminal. He is survived by his wife Florence and by two nieces, Margie Rosa of Johnstown, NY and Diane Sargeant of Boliver, OH.
Ernie's favorite saying was Ego Sum Pauper Nihel Habeo Cor Meum Dabo which in Latin means, "I am poor, I have nothing, I give my heart."
A visitation will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2 pm until 3 pm. A funeral service will also be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 3 pm.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012