Ernest A. Quijada, Jr.

January 26, 1942March 26, 2021

Ernest Anthony Quijada Jr. was born on January 26, 1942 in Nogales, Arizona. He is preceded in death by his beloved Mother Maria, Father Ernest Quijada Sr and Son Anthony.

Ernest is survived by his loving wife Alice Quijada; his daughter Liza, and four sons: Ernie Jr.; Joaquin; Rene and Marcos; First born granddaughter Monica, whom he considers his daughter, three daughter in-law’s; one son in law; 20 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sisters Catalina Gonzalez; Carmen Rodriquez; brother Michael Quijada and many beloved In-laws, nieces and nephews.

Ever gregarious, Ernest was always proud of his heritage and never lacked a great story to tell about his early life as a child. Ernest was known for his outgoing personality and determination. It was not hard to smile when Ernest entered a room and began making everyone feel special. He loved to joke, his humor brought laughter to many.

Ernest cultivated many close friendships throughout his Lifetime. His children and family members looked up to him as their best friend. He could easily visit with family and friends for hours on end. He was devoted to his faith and religion; he was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus. An amazing father and friend.

Ernest graduated from Roosevelt High School he then graduated from The National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo Ohio, he went on to work for multiple establishments which included Country Boy and Save Mart prior to taking pride in his family owned Calwa Meat Market for over 20 years. In the latter part of his years he established himself as a Spanish Court and Medical Interpreter, he represented many individuals throughout Fresno County. He put his heart in representing those less fortunate.

He loved sports. His favorite teams were the Rams, the Lakers and the Dodgers. You could never pass up a bet with Ernest, he had a sense of humor when teasing the opposing teams, he was very lucky when it came time to winning. He loved coaching his sons and grandchildren’s baseball teams. He treasured his time with a twinkle in his eye when he spent time with his grandchildren. He and his famous quotes will be forever loved and will be missed by many.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary for Ernest will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 4870 E Belmont Ave, Fresno, California. Immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. An inurnment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, 264 N Blythe Ave, Fresno, California 93706.


  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Bural

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021


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Lupe & Cathy Perez

April 8, 2021

To Alice and the Quijada family we want to give you our condolences and deepest sympathy. We enjoyed so much our conversations after mass we will miss you and your friendly smile it was a honor to have known you.

Jack Dean Baker

April 7, 2021

My deepest condolance To the Quijada family from the baker ,Rocca. ,Markus family. In the late 1950s the Quijada family move to our old neighborhood on 2nd Street in Fresno California. Such a fine family filled with love and respect for all. I truly appreciate all of the memories they have given me from my childhood thank you so much Jack Dean Baker Roca