With profound sadness we announce the passing of Ernie on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Kamloops after a brief battle with cancer. Ernie was born November 9, 1954 in Mission, BC and grew up there, developing many lasting friendships. In 1974, he moved to Kamloops to work at Lornex Miines, which later became Highland Valley Copper. During his 40 years at the mine, he made many lasting friendships. Starting in the Mill, he soon transferred to Pit Operations, where he excelled as an equipment operator, mainly running graders.
Ernie married the love of his life, Twila, on July 28, 1990, and they spent 30 wonderful years together. They loved their home on Dairy Road where they entertained many family and friends. Often just sitting on the deck having good conversation, enjoying the view and drinking a coffee. Ernie and Twila loved to travel and enjoyed many memorable trips together.
Ernie was predeceased by his wife Twila, his parents John and Margaret Unrau, and brother Andre. He is survived by his daughter Cindy Wassvik of Kamloops, his son James (Anna) Turnbull of Ontario, grandson Milo (Cindy) and god son Michael Slater, brother Victor (Gerda) sister Lena (Chuck), Aunt Lena, numerous cousins ,nieces ,nephews and many friends.
On behalf of Ernie’s family we would like to send our sincere gratitude for the excellent care he received. The doctors, nurses and staff of 6 South at RIH as well as the staff at Overlander Trinity Hospice. Mostly, we would like to thank Dr. Howie, the nurse and staff of Trinity for their incredible care of Ernie these past months. Due to covid, a gathering will be held later in the year as allowed.
Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com