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Ernest Lawlor 1956 – 2022

Posted By Drake Smith On June 30, 2022 @ 9:41 am In Obituaries | 15 Comments

In Memorial

Ernie Charlie

LAWLOR, Ernest (Ernie) Patrick

Passed: May 20, 2022

Born: December 31, 1956

Residing in Vavenby, B.C. – Formerly North Vancouver. Ernie died in his sleep at the age of 65 at home in Vavenby B.C. He was predeceased by his bride Tracy Lawlor (McComber) in November of 2020 — Mother Marguerita Mary (Rita) – Father Patrick Ernest (Patty)

Left to mourn his loss is his son Zachary Michael Lawlor. Brother Gordon (Sharon), sister Diane (Sandy), and sister Janice, Sister-in-law Shelley (Jeff) Smele   Nieces & Nephews, Chelsea (Curtis), Mandy (Adam), Taylore (Malcolm), Michael (Alexis), Bradley (Derek) along with great nephews Nathaniel, Seth and Brody.

Ernie had a number of jobs before finding his home at TransLink, working on the north shore for most of his career.  As retirement age approached Ernie & Tracy chose to buy their home in Vavenby seeking a more rural setting that was friendlier to pension life.

After his retirement from TransLink, Ernie was not ready to simply stop working and found employment with On Call in the Clearwater region and enjoyed the work, as well as new friendships that grew while he was there.

Tracy’s untimely passing shook Ernie’s world and while he and Zach were navigating their “new normal”, after a while, he decided it was time to stop working full time and put more energy into home life.

School bus driving came along as a really good fit.  Mornings & afternoons providing flexibility of time with Zachary & Ernie’s German Shepherd Charlie.   Ernie found the spirit of the children he served energizing and would likely have continued on with driving “his kids” for many years to come.

Ernie’s family would like to extend our thanks to Clearwater Victim Services for their early intervention assistance, neighbours Terri & Jack for their kindness and assistance.

And a special thank you to the friends and neighbours that stopped by to offer help and emotional support – Irene Cederholm (neighbour, friend & co-worker). John Gerber (friend, fellow musician & Church member) who shared a story from last Sunday’s worship, as he was leading the congregation in song he caught a glimpse of Ernie in the sound booth with an ear to ear grin while he was air drumming along with the band, (his happy place) as well as Pastor Ian Moilliet  from Vavenby Christian Church, for his kind words and prayers.

A Very Special Thank You goes out to Vavenby neighbours Brian & Deanna. This couple are angels on earth with their kindness & caring being demonstrated by both their words & actions.

Celebration of Life for Ernie and Tracy Lawlor will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Avenue, Delta, BC.  Messages can be sent to the family via email at [email protected]

In lieu of flowers, Ernie’s family asks that you make a donation to Clearwater Victim Services, AutismCanada.org or a charity of your choice.

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Condolence from Gordon and Donna Johnson on June 3rd, 2022 12:18 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Ernie’s Passing. My wife Donna and I knew both Ernie and Tracy for many years attending the same Church in the North Vancouver. Our Daughter Chantal would regularly ride his bus on his Bus. We send our Condolences to Zachary and the rest of the Family at this time. Take Care .

Condolence from Shawn Bishop on June 3rd, 2022 12:23 pm

Ernie was such a nice man. Knew him for 8 years while in the North Shore.RIP Ernie until we meet again.

Condolence from Elizabeth Power on June 3rd, 2022 12:46 pm

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Ernie’s sudden passing. I was very good friends with his wife, Tracy, and knew this family quite well. Although we hadn’t been in touch so much after they moved from North Vancouver, I thought of them often. I had several long heart to heart talks with Ernie after Tracy’s passing. My heart goes out to Zach, and Ernie’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from George Greenwood on June 3rd, 2022 1:18 pm

It is a shock to learn of Ernie’s passing.
Back in the DeMoay days if something needed doing – just had ask Ernie. That and along with his unique sense of humour. He was a great friend.
My deepest condolences to the family and those around him.
In times to come, may his memory bring more smiles than tears.

Condolence from Duane Green on June 3rd, 2022 2:27 pm

So sorry to hear… I worked with Ernie for many years at Translink… We had a lot of good laughs. I remember sitting with him in the bullpen on his last day before retirement. He was telling me about his new Ford F-150 pickup which he said was the best vehicle he ever owned. I believe he bought it for a retirement present for himself. The world has lost one of the good guys! Rip Ernie.

Condolence from Catherine P Rocheleau on June 3rd, 2022 4:10 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. As my neighbour on Purcell Way, we regularly had wonderful chats over the fence while he was walking Charlie.

My sincere condolences to the entire family and friends. He was a wonderful man and his positive presence will be missed.

Condolence from Anita Doo on June 3rd, 2022 4:42 pm

To the Lawlor family, my deepest condolences to your losses, first Tracey and now Ernest, I remembered the last time I saw Ernest was around Spring of 2018 I was on his bus on my way home from Church.

May the God of all comfort holding you all close.

Anita Doo

Condolence from Ron Keast on June 3rd, 2022 6:01 pm

My deepest condolences to Ernie’s family….Ernie was a great friend and brother to work with in North Van….Ernie will be missed by many…So Sad…

Condolence from Kevin Hale on June 3rd, 2022 11:41 pm

I loved both Ernie in Tracy but I am concerned about their dog….. can I help in this matter?

Condolence from Dave Olaughlin on June 4th, 2022 12:44 pm

Worked With Ernie In NVT nite work for a few yrs.He was great human being would always help out In any way he could. So young to go until we meet again brother rest in peace .

Condolence from Tara Bell Lindgren on June 5th, 2022 6:08 am

To the friends and family of Earnie Lawlor. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God’s Peace and Love will be with you at this time and always.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted “. Matthew 5:4

Condolence from Kristy Morris on June 5th, 2022 7:12 am

Ohhhhhh how we love Ernie, Tracy and Zachary.
We are so sorry for your for your loss.
Zachary, Jesus loves you and will take care of you. Talk to Him every day. You are an amazing young man. Jesus continue to bless you.
You are a special guy and in our prayers.
Love you.
Pastor Bruce, Kristy, and Angelika Morris

Condolence from Amir Namazi on June 5th, 2022 5:10 pm

My deepest condolences to Ernie’s family.We used to work together in North Vancouver depot for years.Great guy, Will be missed dearly.

Condolence from Barb Davy on June 8th, 2022 11:03 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing! I worked alongside him at OnCall Services for many months last year, and his presence was always one of positivity amongst his heartache of losing his beloved not long beforehand. Ernie was a sweetheart. RIP Ernie <3

Condolence from Dana and Brenda McComber on July 17th, 2022 4:56 pm

We were shocked to hear of Ernie’s sudden passing and we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Zachary and the Lawlor family. May he R.I.P.

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