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Peacefully, in the Almonte Country Haven long-term care facility on Sunday December 21st, 2014 in his 78th year.  Survived by his two sons, Scott (Lisa) and Cory,  sister Phyllis (Garry), brother Eldon (Carol), cousin Lyn (Gord), grandchildren Steven Rigter, (Candice) Graham Gaw and Megan Gaw, great grandchildren Christopher Pye and Daxon Rigter.

Predeceased by his mother Edith Gaw, his father, Alex Gaw, and great granddaughter Callie Rigter.

Fondly remembered by Marjorie Gaw (Garth), Cathy Gaw, Bob Allen, Dick Coleman, Bracken Bagley, and all of his dear cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Ernie was a dedicated family man who was happiest when outdoors, walking in the woods with his dog by his side, observing nature, and particularly when he was at the hunt camp with his son Scott, other family members, and lifelong friends, and their families.

Long-term employee of R.L. Crain, Printers (Ottawa), Ernie started family life in Ottawa, moving to Pakenham in 1972 to complete his passion of raising a family. ‎Later, retiring in Hopetown, at his dream home on 511 at the Little Clyde.  Ernie was a Scout Leader in Lanark County for many years and a ‎tireless volunteer for the Lanark Food bank.

Sincere appreciation to the Almonte (Lanark) Alzheimer’s Society and their “Day-Away” volunteers and staff, and the caregivers and staff at Country Haven.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so are encouraged to make a charitable donation to the charity entirely of their choice.

‎​You are all ​invited to join in a celebration of his life to be held at the Almonte Civitan Hall on Wolf Grove Road, on Sunday January 11th from 3 pm to 5pm. Please feel free to bring photos or items of memory if you have any.

​Everyone is cordially invited to go to the “Forever Missed” link below and either write a message, write a story, light a candle or attach pictures if they feel so inclined.