Alice Claflin Ernst
September 7, 1936 – February 11, 2021
EAST SANDWICH, MA – Alice C. (Mannino) Ernst died on February 11, 2021 in Sandwich, MA, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 84. She was born in Boston on September 7, 1936, the daughter of Joseph N. and Alice Plummer (Howard) Mannino.
A newlywed, Alice was adored by her “Sweetums”, Paul Paddock, who she married on May 6, 2018. Alice grew up in West Roxbury. She graduated from Roslindale High School, and from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Home Economics. She married the late Richard Ernst, Jr. on December 6, 1958. After summering on the Cape for many years, her family moved to South Yarmouth in 1966. She was a Community Marketing Executive for Welcome Wagon, serving families moving into mid-Cape towns. She spent many years as manager and function coordinator at her family-owned restaurants, The Camelot Room and The Golden Anchor.
She turned her passion for travel into a group travel company she founded and operated called Camelot Tours, where she organized and guided tours of Cape Cod for senior groups from many parts of the country. While working with SeniorTours to bring groups from New Jersey to Cape Cod, she met the love of her life, Paul, who was the bus driver on some of those trips. Alice and Paul enjoyed many trips across the eastern United States and Canada.
Alice was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and a volunteer companion with the Sandwich Council on Aging.
In addition to her husband, Alice is survived by her son, Gregory Ernst and fiancé, Donna White Magill of Seekonk; her daughter, Carolyn Gualtieri and husband, Lawrence, of East Sandwich; her son, Jeffrey Ernst, and wife, Susan, of Westford, MA; her stepson, Dustin Paddock, of Altadena, CA and wife, Nina; her stepdaughter, Heide Fraley and husband, Daniel, of Collingswood, NJ; six grandchildren, Matthew Ernst, Kimberly Fitzgerald, Andrea Gualtieri, Joseph Gualtieri, Steven Ernst, and Katherine Ernst; six step-grandchildren, Riley Paddock, Fletcher Paddock, Ian Paddock, Hazel Fraley, Winter Fraley, and Simone Fraley; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie McCarter of Millis, who is pre-deceased by her husband Douglas; and many nieces and nephews.
Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family and enjoying the beauty and serenity of her home on Cape Cod. The Cape is where her heart was. She also loved cats, providing a loving home to unwanted cats, including her most recent rescue, Shadow.
Her family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at a time when we can safely gather.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Alice Claflin Ernst
February 22, 2021
Dear Carolyn & Family-
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very kind woman. I walk by your house on Pleasant Street often as I live in the neighborhood now and think about how much fun we had. Thinking of you and your family.