Ernest David Black

August 1, 1931 to February 14, 2016

Ernie’s life came to an end when the increasing severity of the symptoms of Parkinsons that he had resisted for many years overcame that resistance.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Diane Palmason; his children Laurie Schneyer (Joel), Andrew Black (Cheri) and Linda Black (Mike Zabinski), their mother Beverley Koger; and his four granddaughters Jessica Demeester (Matt), Sarah Black, Julia Schneyer and Isabelle Schneyer. He is also remembered by his step-family Esther Hutton, Craig Hutton (Andrea), Eric Hutton (Caroline), Tracy Hutton (Ian MacLeod); and Diane’s five grandchildren Sebastian, Nathan, Oden, Cora and Emmett.

Ernie received his Bachelors degree in Agriculture from Macdonald College, and went on to earn a Masters degree in Geology from McGill University. He was rightfully proud of his 60+ year career as a geologist, first with several companies, and then as an independent consultant. He was honoured in 2012 with an award from the Mining and Exploration Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration “in recognition of (his) professionalism and contributions to the Mining Industry.” His three children were thrilled to surprise him by traveling to Seattle, WA to attend this event.

His many achievements as a skier, and as runner on the roads and track, were also a source of pride and pleasure.

Several events are being planned in Ernie’s honour, including a Walk/Run Brunch on Saturday, April 9 from 9am to 1pm at 2464 Avro Arrow Drive. There will also be an Open House for family, friends and neighbours on Saturday, April 16 from 10pm to 2pm at the above address.

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