WINCHENDON - Ernest W. Desmond Jr., 90, formerly of Winchendon, died Tuesday April 3, 2018 in Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL with his family at his side.
He was born in Winchendon on November 14, 1927, son of the late Ernest W. and Mildred E. (Mayhew) Desmond. Ernie was a resident of Winchendon for most of his life until moving to No. Ft. Myers, FL.
His wife of 68 years, Charlotte A. (Lucies) Desmond, died in 2015. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three children, Keith Desmond in 1986, Dennis Desmond in 1951 and Sheila L. Goodwin, who died December 25, 2017. He leaves a granddaughter, Marcy E. Foreman and her husband Scott of Lunenburg; a great grandson Nathan Foreman and a son-in-law, Richard A. Goodwin of Gardner.
Ernie proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two. He was awarded the World War Two Victory Medal. He later served for 15 years inactive in the Army Reserves.
Ernie worked many years ago at Temple Stuart Furniture Company. For many years, he worked as a carpenter for the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners from 1977 until his retirement. During that time, he worked on projects at Northfield Hydraulics, Cushing Academy, Groton School and various other facilities.
For 25 years, he and his late wife lived seven months of the year in Florida and five months of the year in Hampton Beach Trailer Park, which he managed. Ernie was known as a jack of all trades and enjoyed cars, bicycling and polka dancing.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12 PM to 1:30 P.M.
Graveside services, with military honors, for Ernie and services for his daughter Sheila Goodwin, will follow Saturday at 2 P.M. in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, 8 Union Street, Gardner, MA 01440.