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Ernest Conner Passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in South San Francisco, California. He was born on April 5, 1919 in Groveton, Texas to Ernest Connor and Phyllis Harris Connor. Ernie served in the United States Navy, entering into active duty on September 13, 1940. In June 1946, he met Virginia Cole Stelly whom he married on August 3, 1947. Shortly following his honorable discharge from the U. S. Navy on November 29, 1946, he accepted a job at the Commodore Hotel in San Francisco, California, which was owned by his former Naval Commander, Mr. Craig Smith. Ernie's enthusiasm to pursue owning his own business was brought to fruition when he and Virginia founded Ernie Conner's Moving and Express in San Francisco in 1953. They grew the company over 33 years, eventually employing more than 220 people and becoming the largest minority-owned moving and storage company in the City's history as well as the first minority-owned company to be awarded the General Services Administration and San Francisco City and County contracts. Ernie was a known devotee of self-improvement concepts, methods and practices and of health food, rarely missing an opportunity to talk about the benefits of each. An avid reader and autodidactic person, Andrew Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People and Norman Vincent Peal's The Power of Positive Thinking were amongst his favorite motivational materials. He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church where he helped found the credit union, a member of Toastmasters International, and most fondly, of the Golden Gate Breakfast Club of San Francisco where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow members on Wednesday mornings over breakfast. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Virginia, his son Kenneth Ray, his daughter Theresa Ann, his nephew Johnny, his sister Lucy Bea, his brother Carl, his Godchildren Maxine, Wynn and Lorre and a host of family and friends. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 1975 Post St., San Francisco. Burial to be held at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 27, 2011
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