CONCORD - Ernest A. "Ernie" Robitaille of Fisherville Road, Concord, passed away on Aug. 18, 2013.
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He was born in Chelsea, Mass., on Nov. 8, 1924.
He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Maralyn Goldie Robitaille.
Ernie is survived by three daughters, Sharron Cygan and husband Kenneth Cygan of Scarborough, Maine, Carol Robitaille and her fiancé, Tim Thomas of Methuen, Mass., and Robin Ogden and her husband George Ogden of Salem. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Eric Cygan, Tracey DeVoe, Keith Kobrenski, Kim Kochakian, Jason Kobrenski, Kristine Mckenny, Anthony Minicucci and Sean Michel. He is also survived by 11 great grandchildren.
Ernie served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and received a Purple Heart after being injured while fighting on Guadalcanal.
Ernie was known for his jokes and his sense of humor. He was a fun loving man who was a self-taught keyboard and organ musician. He loved to entertain in nursing homes, senior centers and especially the vets at the V.A. Hospital, especially during the holidays.
He loved long drives throughout Maine and New Hampshire with his dear friend, Pauline, and in his younger years, enjoyed piloting his own plane.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Route 3, Boscawen; Exit 17, 93 North.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ernie's name to the Disabled American Vets at www.DAV.org
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 22, 2013