Age 77, of Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador, passed peacefully away at his Ottawa home on December 10, 2020, surrounded by his adoring family. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Josephine Condon and his brother Ray Condon. Leaving to mourn, his loving wife of fifty years Eileen (Harte) Condon, his five children, Elana (Karl Smyth), Elisa (Valti Rambaldi), Erica (Todd Field), Edward, Ernest (Krystle Hicks), and eight treasured grandchildren, Victoria and Daniel Smyth, Luca and Matteo Rambaldi, Megan, Matthew, and Mckenzie Field, and Joshua Condon, as well as his siblings Lorraine (John Croft), Marie (Danny O'Keefe), Francis (Annette) and Sheila (Tom Kean). Also leaving to mourn, twenty-eight nieces and nephews, eleven brothers and sisters-in-law (especially Janice Harte of Ottawa), plus a wide circle of family and close friends.
Ern was a person of great faith and a devoted family man. He had high moral standards and was a vocal supporter of human rights. He fought relentlessly for social justice and was an activist for causes big and small. He worked tirelessly to make positive changes in his community and beyond. As an educator, Ern's career spanned thirty-five years, from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nunavut. As a teacher, guidance counsellor and coach, he impacted the lives of countless students, as evidenced by the many messages of love and support received in recent days.
During his final week, when asked what brought him the most joy in life, Ern's reply was "being helpful to others". He was a kind, compassionate and gentle man. We are all better people for having known him.
The family would like to thank Drs. Nicholas, Chang, Sachs and Giles, as well as the staff at the radiation department of The Ottawa Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Hacker for providing excellent home palliation. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no service at this time. A funeral mass and burial will take place in Newfoundland, at a date to be determined. Donations may be made to: The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, The Gathering Place, St. John's, NL, Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa, ON, or a charity of one's choice.
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles