Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Mr. Ernest Andrew Robert LaBute

February 25, 1936July 10, 2019

Passed away peacefully on July 10, 2019 at the age of 83 surrounded by family.

Dear husband of Josette. Predeceased by wife Shirley (1990). Cherished father of Ernest (Karen) LaButte, and Kelley Lauzon (Late Mike). Guided in the upbringing of Steven Carter (Katie), Joshua Carter (Nicole) and Katie Kolody (Matthew). Adored grandpa of Ashley, Courtney, and Avery. Brother to Irene Roy (Andy) and predeceased by Isabelle, Paul, Leo, Antoinette, and Jeanette. Loving Pa to Evelyn Burton. He will be greatly missed by Josette’s children and grandchildren especially Shyla, Delilah, and London, and many dear family and friends. He will also be missed by his faithful canine companion Macy. Ernie left a legacy of love, joy, hope and laughter. He truly was a beacon of light for god.

Visitation will be held at Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre 1969 Wyandotte St. E. (519-252-5711) on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 6pm – 9pm. Visitation will continue on Monday July 15, from 10am until the time of service in the Chapel at 11am. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In celebration of Ernie’s life and bright personality please wear bright colours to the funeral and Visitation.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Hospice of Windsor- Essex, Transition to betterness, and the Salvation Army.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019


Mr. Ernest Andrew Robert LaBute

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Kaitlin Edmunds

July 14, 2019

Kelley and Avery,
Sending you my deepest sympathies and strength during this very difficult time. What a gift your Father and Grandfather has been to you and this community. His light will forever shine.

Barbie Demers

July 14, 2019

Dear Ernie What a wonderful man of God you are . When my late husband Dennis was dying of cancer Ernie was a great support & after Dennis passed away he was so caring . It was an honour to know this gentle giant of a man .
Josette & family he loved you all fiercely .
Love Barbie Demers
P.S Ray sends his thoughts of an man he truly admired . Ernie earned the respect of many people including himself . You will be missed
Ray O’Brien

susan richard

July 12, 2019

Met Ernie & Josette four years ago. The Lord surely blessed me. They are the most kindest couple any person could call a FRIEND. So many times ERNIE went out of His way to help with My friend JOE. They were like brothers. I will miss how they joked with each other. ERNIE you were the BEST. JOE & I will miss You. I know you are still helping from Heaven. GOD bless your Family. Susan & Joe

Transition to Betterness (T2B)

July 12, 2019

On behalf of Transition to Betterness (T2B), we would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Ernest Andrew Robert LaBute. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time.

Warmest Regards,
The T2B family

Pauline Robinet

July 11, 2019

Ernie, Shirley, Bob and I had many good trips together. Bob and Ernie loved to do stupid things to make us laugh. I remember the time Ernie rode a Kid’s horse at the mall and just then Kelley walked by with her friend. Ernie just laughed all the more. He loved to tease me about my bike riding and the few accidents I had. I was happy to spend a few hours with him on Sunday. R.I.P. Ernie!