San Francisco Bay Area resident, faithful Giants fan and loving father, Ernest J. Nackord III, passed away on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ernie was born in San Francisco on June 22, 1948 to Constance Wilson and Ernest Nackord, Jr. He graduated from St. Emydius Grammar School, Lowell High School class of '66 and received his degree in Industrial Design from San Francisco State in 1970. Ernie loved and lived life fully. Baseball, boats, planes, cars, kids and animals were some of his many passions. He was a pilot, race boat driver, storyteller, talented digital artist, as well as a father, brother, son, uncle, coach and friend, loved by many. To his siblings, he was "Smilie." One of Ernie's proudest moments, besides the birth of his children, was taking his Redwood Empire Baseball League team to the 1997 and 1998 Men's Senior Baseball League National Titles. Ernie is survived by son his Michael and daughter Kristie; his brothers Dwight (Patrice), Stephen, Tyler, Sean; his sister Cecilia; his niece Kimberly, nephews D.J. and Patrick (Laura), three great nieces, his Tia Sylvia and dearest friends Bob Rice and Peggy Dunne. He was preceded in death by our mother Constance and our brother Paul. Ernie passed with amazing courage, dignity, honor and grace. He taught us love and reconciliation. He will be dearly missed. To read some of Ernie's stories visit: www.wherehaveyougonejoe.com To view his digital art visit: www.worldwar2pilots.net/ and www.bavarian-performance.com Friends and family are invited to a funeral mass on Friday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sonoma State University Baseball, attention Coach John Goelz. Reception to follow immediately afterwards at his brother Dwight's house. Directions provided at the service.
Published in the Press Democrat from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2012