Hoy Funeral Home

3855 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY


William C. Ernst Jr.

July 14, 1976June 23, 2019

Of West Seneca, NY, June 23, 2019. Beloved son of William and Sandra (nee Minervini); dearest brother of Jennifer and Megan Ernst; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Family will be present Saturday from 12 noon to 1 PM at the HOY FUNERAL HOME, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow at 1 PM. Friends invited. Online condolences may be shared at hoyfuneralhome.com


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2019


William C. Ernst Jr.

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Jennifer Ernst

June 29, 2019

My brother, Billy, I love you so much. I can’t believe I’ll never be able to see your face or talk to you again. There were so many things I admired about you. You were kind, generous, honest and supportive. You truly had a heart of gold! You accepted everyone for who they were, flaws included, without judgement. I’ll miss going to concerts with you and celebrating birthdays and Christmas with you. I always loved watching the expression on your face when we opened the presents you gave. It was a look of excitement and pride when you saw how much your gift was enjoyed. That was your greatest gift of all to us - the joy and happiness you brought into our lives. Billy, I hope you know how truly special you are and what an impact you had on everyone’s life. I was so fortunate to have you for a brother and a friend. I can’t put into words how much I’m missing you. Billy, I love you so much and always will!!! Until we see each other again in Heaven...❤️

Michael Lasota

June 28, 2019

I loaded this page a few days ago, and couldn't even fathom that I really was looking at your face in this situation so soon.

I'm in shock that you've left so early and I couldn't annoy you again, or you me, before I got back to say hello again.

I still remember our childhood - wandering around the back yards and you, writing chalk logos of Megadeath and Anthrax on Tilley's driveway. Our Christmas' together with family and how quiet you always were, no matter how much I tried to talk :) Your love for Star Wars. And in later years, your love for drumming and video games.

I truly miss you and hope you are at peace.

I love you cous'. See you soon.... <3

You are missed, you are loved. You are not alone, and now you can help guide your family in the afterlife. Stay strong.


Jamie Gaulochet

June 28, 2019

Booie(God I will miss going back n forth with you on FB about me calling u that n how much I loved teasing u and u teasing me....) I have so many memories with you cousin... My most favorite was going to see the tea party new years eve with u and Greg and other friends. I only wish u wouldn't have stopped going to our family gatherings cuz I missed and miss your smile, and that laugh. As your mom said it almost sounded evil at times, lol, but loved nonetheless, ..... I guess ill never know if u were laughing at me and my brothers jokes or laughing at us, lol! I wish I had time to write all of my memories with u. We were so close in age. I pray that u r at peace and with all your family that has left this earth, especially nanny and papa. I just can’t belive your gone. I love u n wish we would’ve spent more time together. You changed your life so much for the better and for that I am both envious and proud. God bless you Bill(my “Booie “), you will NEVER be forgotten❤️❤️❤️

Adam Buchnowski

June 27, 2019

You were always an exceptional friend. And the one person I knew I could always rely on to give me an honest opinion, whether I wanted it or not.

Paul Gaulocher

June 26, 2019

Billy, your family and friends have broken hearts and it is difficult comforting each other. Their is sorrow in all our hearts.

We are all very different in our opinions on what's next, but I'm pretty sure we all subscribe to an understanding we have a soul that lives on.
You were a quiet and gentle soul and always very kind at all our family gatherings.

We see flowers each Spring that bring us happiness and then sadly they leave us in the Fall. All that is here to enjoy should never be taken for granted .

Your soul is moving on now to the next station, a station without any of the trappings and ills that bring us pain. Enjoy your new home nephew …..and send us flowers each Spring to lift up our hopes we will see you again.

Love ….uncle Paul

Sandra Ernst

June 26, 2019

My beautiful son. Words cannot express what I am feeling right now. I miss you terribly and cannot imagine life without you. You always did so much to help me no matter how tired you were; but you never let me help you. You were a very special person but unfortunately I don't think you realized how special. I will miss the quiet times we had alone just talking and laughing. You loved to play jokes on us especially Megan. Oh how I will miss that laugh so warm and hearty and sometimes even a little evil. My favorite Xmas was the year we played Wii bowling. You couldn't believe I beat you. Poppy waits for you by the door for her Billy and his special rubs. I wish I could give you one last hug and kiss and of course a truffle. I hope you are happy and safe . Love you Billy. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen good bye. Coo-coo....

Rachele Mathiesen

June 26, 2019

To the Ernst family. I cant begin to explain the heartbreak I have for you. Bill was by far one of the greatest people in my life. I could go on for days with all the memories we have together. Friends since kindergarten. Then he even became close friends with my brother which only solidified he was my brother from another mother. I always loved celebrating our birthdays together. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life with his family & friends but I can make the promise of celebrating him everyday.

I love you Bill. Forever.

Rick Seely

June 25, 2019

I am at a loss for words. What can you say to sum up a lifetime of memories of someone who was your best friend since you were just 12 years old?
You were there for me when no one else was, and you never, ever expected anything in return. A true friend is someone who accepts you for who you are,and that is exactly what you were to me. This is just such a shock, you should have had another 40 years in front of you, but often life just isn't fair.We had so many great times together, I could write a book, and I know that's what you would want me to remember when I think of you.You just always think that you have more time.. This man had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever known. Bill, you were the sibling that I never had, and I cannot imagine my life going forward without you in it.
To Meg, Jenny, and Mr. And Mrs. Ernst, I am so,so sorry.
I am beyond devastated.
I love you brother.
Rest in peace.

Megan Ernst

June 25, 2019


I loved you so much, and always will. I wish you hadn't left us so early. I hope up there you can get some frappe's!

Love you,


Barbara Kless DiBartolomeo

June 25, 2019

To the Ernst family... Whishing you peace and comfort in this time of sadness. May Bill RIP. From the
DiBartolomeo family. And to my son Eric Lus may you find peace and comfort in your beautiful friendship u had with Bill. He will be with you always.