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Obituary of Ernest J. Waddell, Jr.
The Story of Ernest John Waddell Jr. Ernie led a rich and varied life, and loved being around people. He began life using an outhouse and ended it expecting a hot tub during his winter month in Florida. As a first generation American, Ernie had a hard-scrabble life during his childhood, though one rich with family. At about the age of 10, he began working for money by handling a paper route with 30 subscribers and selling vegetables that the family grew. As a young man, he also served in the Navy during WWII. When he retired, he was the president of his own company, CMW Energy Utilizers, Inc. After retirement, an egregious property tax increase led to his involvement in local politics which is how he finished his active public life. After retirement, he continued to be active and pursue his other passions such as gardening, birds, and construction well into what was to be the last year of his life. In fact, he rebuilt the terrace wall in his garden last summer. He grew both vegetables and flowers, and especially loved the beauty of daffodils, irises, roses and begonias. He also adored watching birds at his feeders and especially enjoyed feeding the orioles grape jelly every year in feeders that he built himself. He loved people and remained socially active his entire life. He made friends easily and kept many of them his whole life. He also thoroughly enjoyed interaction with his large extended family resulting in many fun parties and picnics throughout the years. The great love of his life was his wife Betty with whom he shared many interests. They shared a love of traveling and they enjoyed many wonderful trips together and with their children. Their favorite trips varied from Egypt where they saw Tutankhamen’s tomb and the pyramids to the spectacular vistas of the Grand Canyon and the relaxation of river cruises. He bought the house on Milsom Parkway for Betty to renovate to her liking. Here they continued to enjoy their love of birds and flowers by designing and planting the terraced gardens. Betty’s death in 2008 was devastating. He decided to honor her memory by sponsoring two memorial gardens designed and planted by his family at St Columban’s on the Lake where they both had developed a deep and abiding connection thorough his work and their admiration for the work of Sister Corona the director of St Columban’s. Ernie lived his life according to the principles laid out in the Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman St. Vincent Peale. He felt that he worked hard and accomplished a great deal. He was proud of his family and what they had all achieved. To be able to say “I had a terrific life” is a wonderful accomplishment. Waddell, Ernest J., Jr. July 22, 2020 of Angola, NY. Beloved husband of late Betty (nee Albright) Waddell; devoted father of Elizabeth Waddell, Jacqueline (James) Menke, Ernest “Sam” Waddell III, Donald (Debra) Waddell, Carol (David) Waddell-Sheets, Ann Waddell, and David (Cynthia Olrogge) Waddell; dear brother of Herb Waddell, Bob Waddell, late Harold Waddell, late Jessie Level, late Alice Mann, and late Helen Bartha; also survived by 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorials may be made to the St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home 2546 Lake Rd. Silver Creek, NY 14136. Arrangments by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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