2018-03-14 / Obituaries

Ernest H. Miner

1926-2018 — He is fondly remembered by acquaintances as ‘such a sweet man’

KINGFIELD — Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Ernest H. Miner, 91, passed away peacefully from his earthly journey to join his parents, Hugh and Harriet; and six older siblings, George, Gardner, Dorothy, Gertrude, Gladys and Helen. He had been a patient for three days at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

Ernie was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Middleboro, Mass., the son of Hugh and Harriet (Jenkins) Miner, and raised in Randolph, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1945 to May 1947. He returned to the family home in Randolph, Mass. and found employment in machine shops in the area alongside his brother, Gardner. He later made his home with his sister, Dorothy. Around 1950, his brother George built a camp on Rt. 145 in Freeman.

This was when Ernie started coming to the area as often as he could; on vacations with George and his wife, Bobbe, and their daughter, Bobbe; on hunting and fishing trips with George and Gardner and Ernie’s lifelong friend, Walter Hess, and many other friends. Ernie so enjoyed the area, he chose to retire here in 1992, residing on the Baker Hill Road next door to his friend of 40 years or so, Lew Badershall, becoming an honorary member of the Badershall family.

Due to declining health, in 2011 Ernie was no longer able to maintain his home and entered assisted living at Orchard Park in Farmington. After one year there, Ernie chose to move to Kingfield Elderly Housing to be nearer his friends at Tranten’s store. In his 5 ½ years there, he made many new friends including Dawn Taylor who kept a watchful eye on his well-being, taking him shopping and out to eat. He looked forward to their daily cribbage matches.

Ernie is survived by six nephews and five nieces, including Bobbe Laurence and her husband, Tom, of Marshfield, Mass.

Ernie is fondly remembered by acquaintances as “such a sweet man”.

A Graveside Service with military honors will be held Monday, May 21, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Village Cemetery in Strong. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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