In Loving Memory Of
Ernest Dort
1940-2022

Moncton, NB – Dec 6th we lost our irreplaceable father after a sudden illness. He weathered tremendous hardships yet he never surrendered to them. He didn’t just endure either, he made it seem effortless. Our father was our hero. He was such a hard working man. If he wasn’t at 1 of 2 or 3 jobs, he was interacting with his kids, or he was on community teams and functions that supported all youth including us.

Dad began his earliest employment in the navy and worked anywhere he had to thereafter, to support his family. He spent countless hours shuttling 5 children to activities or school or work and he took pride in it. He and mom scrimped and saved for a boat when we were older.  So many more precious memories were made in Cocagne, as they were from camping or playing table hockey, or out on frozen ponds, or at Mackay’s dairy for a family ice cream treat. Dad always made himself available to us. When he could no longer skate or climb trees in his 80’s, he hiked  lengthy distances instead and lived vicariously through his children’s adventures. We were beyond Blessed. As we began having children of our own, they became trophies to he and mom. Mom gave the cuddles and kisses, dad was the human stuffie or Tonka toy.  They delighted in each interaction. We parents were the leftovers. We understood this shift of position and relived our own youth watching these bonds grow. Some may say our father died of a broken heart after losing mom, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. He continued on fulfilling his fatherly role to us all,knowing he had to now take on mom’s role too and honour his promise to go on for her. This man’s heart had some bumps along the way but it was always pumping out accolades and hugs and optimism. He always wanted to hear about our days even when we had to bellow into that  remaining partial good ear. His love was unconditional, and he was never skimpy with it.

Our parents were truly inspirational. There was a light in them that came from deep within. It was a gift they received before they were born and it glowed brightly for all to see. It’s actually a free gift we were all given. It’s a promise of more than what we see here in our short lifetimes. This isn’t the end for him or us. It’s an exciting new beginning without life’s hardships. No more tears, no more pain and it’s eternally ours when we follow Christ. So don’t cry for what we may appear to have lost, but celebrate instead…..what awaits. Being absent from our body simply means we are present with the Lord. 

 Dad was predeceased by his adoring wife Yvonne of 60 years. He also lost numerous brothers and sisters, Charles, Alice, Marguerite, Betty, Dave and Lawrence. He is survived by  both Peggy Boudreau in NS and Helen Bobier in Alberta. His 5 surviving children are Celina (Dave), Jim (Denise), Mike, Angela (Dwayne), Lisa (Troy), all of Moncton. The precious grandchildren are Melissa, Aly, Kasi, Brennan,Karlee, Brianna, Emma, Brandon, and Elijah. (Kelly Anne predeceased her cousins and grandparents in 1994.)The great grandchildren that brought untold joy were Starr, Blue, and Amberleigh. Our parents always said they should have begun with all the grand and great grandchildren first.

There will be no funeral service at this time. We will have a graveside memorial in June 2023 at Chartersville cemetery for our parents.

Please take some time today to let those closest to you know they are loved. Don’t take it for granted they know. In memory of our father may we suggest an act of kindness in his honour.

Finally, If you wish to contribute to something he really believed in, then feel free to make a donation to Real Canadian Recreation. It is a sanctuary and support for all vets and first responders dealing with Ptsd and thoughts of self harm to recenter, refuel and  connect with their peers. https://realcanadianrecreation.com/

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Centre

363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB E1A 1G1 – (506.857.1901)

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27 comments

  1. So many blessing and prayers coming to all of you. Your dad was.a wonderful human, his love of life was contagious. A true blessing for both of us to have known both your parents

    Love and Prayers

    Joyce and Jim Hodder

  2. Your parents were truly two special people when we were growing up. We will never forget them. So honored to have known them. 🙏💗💙

  3. Sending you all our condolences with your loss. May he rest in paradise. Sending you all love.

  4. Sending our Condolences for your huge loss Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all xoxo

  5. You’ve captured the essence of an inspirational, great man perfectly in this obituary! What a blessing to have known his love for his family, his community and friends. Ernie will never be forgotten and he will be close in our hearts as we share our acts of kindness with others in the years ahead. Our most sincere condolences to all of you as you grieve this sad loss. Sending all our love xx.
    Lois & David Burns & Amelia Samson

  6. Your father was a wonderful man as your beautiful obituary stated. He help me with my home after my father reached out to him way back in 1990. He will always be remembered fondly. Sincerely Gisele Lemieux Bernard and family

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your dad! I didn’t know your parents, but I know you and you are the perfect combination of both of them ❤️

    With deepest sympathy to you and your family

  8. So sad to hear of his passing such a wonderful couple had a blast with them at the Marina in Cocagne we will miss you a lot RIP go see Yvonne Leonard and Rachel great friends 😇😇😇😇😇🫶🫶🫶🫶😢😢😢😢

  9. Our deepest condolences to you all. I have lovely memories not just of your dad but both your parents. Such a loving and kindhearted couple. Will miss them.

  10. ” Angels are always near to those who are grieving to whisper to them that their loved one is now safe in the arms of God ” may knowing this and also knowing you will see him again someday help in your healing. We are so very sorry for your loss. Lisa you Troy Brennan, Emma, Amberleigh and all of your other family members will be in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time . Ernie was a beautiful human being inside and out very kind, very humble and very down to earth. He is now reunited with your Mom in Heaven .

  11. Your dad was an amazing man and gentleman who loved everyone and his family was his life he was always smiling kind and came to visit his family in petit de great always May you rest in peace you are an inspiration ❤️send our condolences to Celina and families Donna Ranson

  12. Condolenses for your loss. Your parents were special people and it was a privledge to know them both.

  13. So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to all of his family. He surely will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

  14. My deepest sympathies to the family. I met your mom and dad at the marina. We enjoyed their company tremendously. I will never forget the good times we had with them. May they both Rest In Peace. ♥️♥️
    PS : You described your dad to a T . Love Pierrette xo

  15. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.
    I remember the great loving care he gave to
    your mom in her final years.You were lucky
    to have such good parents.
    Hugs Marina

  16. So sorry for your loss…Loved both your parents and was so much fun talking to them every time we walked our dogs to the Cocagne marina

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