Ernest Louis Avory

December 16, 1919May 1, 2018

Ernest Louis Avory December 16, 1919 – May1, 2018

Veteran of the Second World War, Ernest passed away at his home where he was happy to be. His wish was to be 100; not quite but close. A Life Well Lived. Survived by his dear wife, Grace, of 70 years; son-in-law John (Susan and their extended family); grandson Colin (Tina); great-grandchildren Hayden and Eva; grandson Iain; niece Jenny in Canada; nephew’s Graham (Judy) and Ian (Phyllis) of England. Also great and great-great nephews and nieces in England and Australia. He is predeceased by his daughter Kathryn. Ernest emigrated from London, England in 1957 with his wife and daughter to Vancouver. The Canadian soldiers were friendly and often talked about Canada; so he chose to live here. He worked for Woodwards as the Manager of Display; where the Christmas windows were always remembered. He was a talented artist, painter, carver, stain glass window creator, photographer, model air crafter in which he competed. He enjoyed swimming, loved the mountains, outdoors and time with his family and friends. His favourite holiday destination was Hawaii. Ernest attended Church and supported Peace Arch Hospital; donating his carvings to auction. Special thanks to family, friends and neighbours. To the caregivers Tushani, Renu and Rucksana for taking great care of him and treating him like family. Also to Gail who took him to appointments and White Spot, his favourite restaurant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.


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Gail McBride

June 9, 2018

Ah, so many happy memories in these last few years that I knew Ernest! From our first meeting, when I, as a volunteer driver with Sources, picked up Ernest, in order to take him to a medical appointment, I enjoyed listening to him share his wide-ranging life experience - from his days as a boy in England, to his deafening war days, his love of Canada and his daily expressions of love and appreciation for his wife, Grace! I personally enjoyed his creation of the Woodward’s Christmas windows that still delight adults and children alike at Pan Pacific! During our drives, we enjoyed singing hymns and show tunes! Ernest had a lovely voice! Ernest was a Renaissance man - creating paintings, carvings, stained glass works, photography and writing his autobiography! He took a quiet pride in inventing an international record-breaking glider. A man of many accomplishments - a gentleman and a gentle man. I will remember Ernest, with love, whenever I enjoy chocolate chip cookies and a good cup of tea! Wonderful!

Jennifer O’Neil

June 6, 2018

I was lucky to have such a wonderful loving Uncle. It was because of my Uncle and Aunt I moved from England to Canada. I spent a lot of time in his company , he had so many stories to share. He was interested in my life and wanted to know what was new. He had a full life such a talented man and proud Verteran. I will miss him very much. I know he is in a peaceful place now and feel he is watching over us.

James Simpson

May 26, 2018

Ernie was my neighbour when I was a child growing up. I lived one house away, and spent much of my time aged 5-12 playing in the cul-de-sac and in neighbours’ yards.

More often than not, Ernie’s garage would be open in the afternoon and he would be out in his shop, drafting or carving. As an inquisitive kid, I routinely wandered over to sit and watch him work. I recall Ernie and Grace were always particularly welcoming and never seemed to mind my unannounced visits.

Ernie spoke softly and kindly, and patiently showed me how he shaped wood into birds, used a heating tool to etch their feathers, and then mounted the finished product onto block tableaus. I was mesmerized. On the wall he had drawings - I found them simple but extraordinary.

Once, my father had taken down an old and tattered Canada flag, and left it out. My friend wore it as a cape while the two of us ran about on the lawns in the neighbourhood. Ernie came down his driveway and admonished us. “That is a disgrace to Canada,” he told us firmly. As children we couldn’t have know the significance of his words, but because of Ernie’s grave countenance when he spoke, the moment stuck strongly with me.

I had heard from my mother that Ernie had been in the artillery in the war, but until recently I had been ignorant to the depth of his service - which included involvement in many major operations. When I recently listened to Ernie’s audio testament on “the Memory Project,” I instantly realized how deeply he had felt about this country, and the reason for his loyalty to our flag.

I am exceptionally proud to have known such a talented, patriotic, and caring gentleman. I will never forget the humility and forbearance he showed to my curious younger self, who watched him toil away at his bench.

Ernie, thank you for your service to the Allied nations, for your love of Canada, and most of all for your kindness to me. Rest in peace.

With sincere condolences,
James Simpson

Tushani Mahagamage

May 22, 2018

I love this great man and miss him very much.