I was deeply saddened to hear of Ernie's passing. He was a great guy. I had the great pleasure of talking with Ernie at the 40 year reunion weekend qiite a bit. .He was always kind and had a smile on his face. He lived a full life and always had a positive attitude.
I heard about Ernie's passing today. I had virtually every class for the entire four years with Ernie. I honestly can't recall NOT seeing him smile--even while taking an exam!! That patented smile of his could not be duplicated...simply one-of-a-kind.
I was fortunate to visit extensively with Ernie at Mike Krull's memorial. He mentioned he was terminally ill, but he looked good and was still smiling--albeit not as wide of a smile.
He had to be the smartest mailman that ever walked a route! God bless and RIP, Ernie.
Ernie inspired me at Saint Mary's. I asked him in school how he was so successful, academically. He didn't know, coming from a home of 11 siblings, I think he said. He was just as amazed.
He and I enjoyed seeing him deliver my mail in Webster Groves. He told me how he watches the Webster 4th of July parade enroute. The people made the difference, he said. He retired early, which I figured he knew best how to spend his time. He came directly from sitting, as I arrived for Michael Krull's wake, and those steel blue eyes looked right through me. His smile shows inner goodness, and a family that loved him.
This summer, shopping on lunchbreak with my elderly Mom, he came up to us. There was something he was telepathically wanting to tell me. He looked with his glistening steel blue eyes, and connected with me. Ernie wandered away, as I helped my Mom walk thru the parking lot. This comes as an unpleasant, mortal surprise, to me. He is being rewarded for his goodness.