Ernest Donald Reuben Schweitzer (Ernie), age 76, passed away January 24, 2017 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in BC following a brief illness. Ernie was born on June 19, 1940 in Flin Flon, MB and worked for Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting in the local mines after high school. He became a certified jeweler in 1961 and also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Manitoba in 1968.
Ernie met Patricia (Pat) Carter on the ski hill in Flin Flon and they were married in 1967 in Portage la Prairie, MB. They moved to Port Alberni, BC where Ernie worked as a chemist at the local pulp and paper mill. Ernie and Pat were blessed with two children, Karin in 1972, and Kurt in 1976. Among his diverse interests, Ernie enjoyed woodworking, clock and watch repair, and flying. He loved to fly his Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft from the grass strip at Port Alberni. Ernie later started his own business in Sidney, BC called Candel Industries Limited.
Ernie was a loving father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed. There are no formal funeral services planned. Ernie’s ashes will be interred at a later date. At this difficult time, we would like to thank the many friends and family who have reached out and offered so much support.
“I do not think it is always sensible to be always sensible.” – Ernie Schweitzer, 1957 Flinonian