December 01, 1926 - June 04, 2010
December 01, 1926 - June 04, 2010
December 1, 1926 - June 4, 2010
It is with great sadness we announce that Ernie Toth of Leask, SK has passed away at Prince Albert Victoria Hospital on June 4, 2010 at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Maggie; children Roy (Marylie) of Sherwood Park, AB, Eugene (Jolene) of Lacombe, AB, Wendy (Curtis Neville) of Kamloops, BC and Della (Ed Bruce) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren Dallas (Angela) of Calgary, Desirae (Matt Ferguson) of Calgary, Chantel (Dave Scott) and Peyton of Sherwood Park, Quintan and Mackenzie of Kamloops, Jori and Megan of Lacombe, Madisen of Calgary and Eddie of Ft McMurray and numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was predeceased by his mother in 1978; his father in 1990; sister Ruby Bryant in 2009; half sister Lydia Teszeri 2008; half brother Joe Jacobs in 1976 and nephew Andy Jacobs in 1974. Born, Erno, the youngest child of Susan and Sam Toth in Orszent, Miklos, Hungary in 1926, he immigrated to Canada at the age of 3, arriving at the docks in Quebec with his mother and sisters to seek the new life his father and brother were establishing on a homestead in the Royal Lake District near Leask. Throughout his life Ernie worked hard, helping his father on the farm, leaving home in 1946 and 1948 to work at the Fraser Mills in New Westminster BC and returning home to work with Hector Fouquette in the Blacksmith shop until 1952. When his father became ill Ernie returned to farming and soon met Maggie Fabian who worked at the Royal Lake General Store nearby. Ernie and Maggie wed in 1954, moving about to find work to support their growing family; first to Blaine Lake SK, Welland ON, back to farming and then took final employment at the Leask Central Garage with Hector Fouquette as a Heavy Duty Mechanic/Foreman for 23 years until his retirement in 1985 and continuing to reside in the town of Leask. Never an idle man, Ernie served one term on Town Council, established a family cabin at Emerald Lake in 1971 and always found great pleasure in the company of good friends. He spent countless hours in his shop exploring innovative workings and creating many a woodworking project. Gifting and selling countless items that will be treasured by family, friends and fans over the years. One of Ernie's last projects during the summer of 2008 was helping to rehabilitate and resurrect the original Baptist Church steeple at the Hungary Cemetery West of Leask. His wish would be to see the respect and care for this Hungarian heritage to continue for generations to come. Maggie and the family are extremely grateful to the ICU & 5th floor nursing staff for their support and ongoing care. We also wish to extend our gratitude to Joe Jacobs (Jr) and Gordon Hein whose kind hearts and unwavering support helped to pull us through an unexpected and trying time. Ernie was blessed and grateful for all of the caring and familiar faces that helped him through his final and peaceful days. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ernie's memory to the Shellbrook Hospital Building Project. Service for Ernie will be held at the Leask Lions Hall on Saturday, June 12th, 2010 at 2 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, Lorne Adams, Funeral Director.
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