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Ernesto Manalac Ablang, MD, 85, surrounded by family passed away after a period of declining health on January 11, 2013, in Wilmington, NC. Ernesto (Ernie) was born in Manila, Philippines on November 6, 1927, the son of Ricardo V. and Gregoria C. Ablang.
Ernesto came to the United States in 1959 after receiving his medical degree from the University of Santo Thomas, College of Medicine and Surgery in 1957. He performed his medical training residencies in Ohio Valley Hospital, Steubenville, OH; Shore Memorial Hospital, Summers Point, NJ; Atlantic City General Hospital, Atlantic City, NJ; and Sacred Heart Hospital, Chester, PA. In 1965, he was accepted on staff at Union Hospital, Cecil County, Elkton, Maryland and established a private family practice. He was a member of the Cecil County Medical Society; the Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland; the Maryland Academy of Family Practice a Charter of the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians and the Associates of Philippine Practicing Physicians in America.
After performing his residencies, Ernie married the love of his life, Melie Sue Lyerly who he fell in love with while they were both working at Shore Memorial Hospital in Summers Point, NJ. They were married in Atlantic City, NJ on February 8, 1964. The couple resided in Newark, Delaware; Chesapeake City, Maryland; and Elkton, Maryland where they raised four wonderful daughters; Minda Maria, Jada Maria, Tina Marie, and Melanie Anne.
He retired from his medical practice in 1996 and lived in Celebration, Florida for several years before finally settling in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was an active parishioner of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC.
Ernie was proud to be able to serve his community in Maryland where he served as the Football Team Doctor for Elkton High School. He was a father and mentor to all the players and enjoyed taking pictures from the sidelines and developing them in his homemade dark room. His love for High School football spanned the years and he deeply cherished the lifelong friendships he had with former players and students. He had great fun serving as Event Doctor with his lifelong friend and fellow Doctor Rolando Najera for the Fair Hill Races in Fair Hill, Maryland for many years.
Ernie will be remembered for his loving kindness and his tremendous faith in God. He was a loving husband and father, who adored his grandchildren. He treasured his family and friends and went out of his way to help anyone in need. He loved being close to the beach and enjoyed his favorite hobby of woodworking in his shop where he handmade many cherished items for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Melie Sue Ablang. Ernie leaves behind four children: Minda Conger (Jeff) of Charlotte, NC, Jada Beach (Brent) of Grasonville, MD, Tina Ablang of Wilmington, NC, and Melanie Spencer (Shawn) of Wilmington, NC. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren; Madison Murphy, Charlotte Whiteman, Payton Beach, Gabrielle Beach, Cambell Beach, Tag Eleazar Spencer, and Lilly Bay Spencer.
A mass in his honor will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel at St. Mark's Church, 1011 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC. The family will receive friends in the vestibule of the church prior to the service and his remains will be laid to rest in the church Columbarium immediately following the service.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2013