Ernie had a long career for Block Bros. Realty. Ernie and Rita rededicated their lives to God in 1974, and on an Israel trip, were baptized in the Jordan River. The church, missionaries, family and friends benefitted from their generosity. Ernie loved to sing in the choir and tell stories. In retirement, Ernie and Rita took biannual vacations to Hawaii. Through her cancer, Ernie made sure she was comfortable. After her death, he felt lost. He too was diagnosed with cancer. Following surgery to remove a kidney, he rallied and stayed on his own until he was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. At Menno Terrace, Ernie insisted on wearing a tie and jacket to dinner. November 2014, he moved to The Residence in Mission, B.C.