Ernest Alesso
1930 - 2020
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Ernest (Ernie) David Alesso
August 17, 1930 - October 1, 2020

Ernest (Ernie) David Alesso 90, known to many as "POP", was born on August 17, 1930 in Bakersfield, CA. and went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 1, 2020 in Los Osos, CA.. Ernie's Father, Giovanni (John) Alesso, emigrated from Italy and his Mother, Hazel Anderson, was from Tehachapi, CA. They had five children, Victoria, Isabel, Virgil, Johnny and Ernie.

As a child, Ernie attended Panama School. As a teen he attended Kern County High School (Bakersfield High School), where he met the love of his life, Fay Reynolds. Ernie graduated from KCHS in 1949 and in January of 1951, he and Fay married. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage and their endless love blessed them with three children, David (his wife Eileen), Mike (his wife Lynn) and Judy. Ernie also leaves behind two grandchildren, Mike Jr. (his wife Amber) and Paige Charpentier (her husband Cody) and three great-grandchildren, Jamie, Ephraim and Cecily...and a fourth appearing soon.

Ernie worked hard as a farmer until the early 1960's, then began his employment in the oil industry. He worked for B.J Hughes, Tidewater, Getty and Texaco Oil companies and retired in1993. Ernie was a long-time member of the North Chester Church of Christ where he enjoyed attending Sunday morning and evening services. He would occasionally attend services at the Olive Branch Community Church with David and Eileen.

Family, friends and strangers describe Ernie as a "true gentleman". He was a kind, sweet and generous man with a capacity to love that knew no boundaries. Ernie was a blessing to not only family and friends but, to numerous strangers that he saw needed help. Whether a stranger in need of money, a ride, a friendly smile or a stranded motorist that could benefit from his vast automotive knowledge, Ernie never hesitated to stop and help in any way that he could.

Ernie constantly showed his love for his family. No matter how tired he was after a 16 hour work day, he enthusiastically and lovingly participated with his children in, Boy Scout/Girl Scout activities, baseball/softball practices and games, school functions and various other activities. Ernie also loved animals and as a testament to his kind and gentle manner, animals loved him.

Ernie's family would like to thank Central Coast Home Health and Hospice for their assistance, with a special THANK YOU to nurse Mary Pat for the love and care she consistently gave him. We also want to thank Shannon Shea for the exceptional love, support and endless care she gave to "Pop" for the past year, to make sure he was comfortable.

Memorial and graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park/Mortuary in Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Due to limited seating to accommodate social distancing regulations, please RSVP with your name, number of people who are coming and your phone number if you plan to attend at David Alesso's Facebook Messenger, or by text or call on his cell phone - (661) 644-7040. Masks are required in the chapel.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
My Uncle Ernie was the epitome of Grace and Christianity. He was always the first to show up, whenever there was a need. He fiercely loved his family and extended family, and he was loved by all who knew him. He was a real role model. My favorite Uncle Ernie story is how he played Jacks with my Mom when he was waiting for my Aunt Fay to get ready for one of their dates, which I'm sure took several games, Lol. Talk about patience! He wasn't just a Brother-in-law to my Mom and Dad, he was another brother and friend. I know he's up in heaven, happy to be reunited with his Fay and his family, laughing and telling jokes with my Dad. He will be missed by all.

Gen-Ann ❤
Gen-Ann Dobbs
October 23, 2020
I am so proud to have been his Niece. He was the epitome of Grace. A true Christian. He fiercely loved his family and his extended family, and he was a friend to all. He was always the first to show up, if ever there was a need. My favorite Uncle Ernie story is how he played Jacks with my Mom, while he was waiting for my Aunt Fay to get ready for one of their dates, which I'm sure took several games of Jacks, Lol. Talk about patience! He wasn't just a Brother-in-law to my Dad, but was a real brother and friend. I can only imagine the laughter and jokes they are sharing now in heaven.


Gen-Ann Dobbs
October 23, 2020
As the obituary stated, POP was probably the kindest person I have ever known. . Generous, loving, chivalrous and thoughtful. Even knowing him for 30+ years, I never heard a cross word out of his mouth. He only spoke truth and wisdom. Ever thoughtful with his words, curious and encouraging. Such a family man. There wasn’t anything, he wouldn’t do for them or someone they knew. If I didn’t know better, I would say he was an Angel on earth. The only thing that could possibly make the loss of him easier is, knowing he is reunited with the love of his life, Apple of his eye, Fay.
Thank you Pop, for always demonstrating what truth, kindness, giving, loving, and integrity should look like. You will be missed, abundantly. I am grateful to have known you.

With much love,
Tonya Warren
Tonya Warren
October 20, 2020
my husband worked with Ernie in the oilfields. He talked about what a nice man is is and how hard he worked. Then I worked for Houchin Blood Bank and got to know him when he donated. He used to bring us goodies at our downtown office. He is one of the sweetest men I've ever met. We need more men like Ernie!!! Condolences to and prayers for his family!!
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