Gloucester – Ernest C. "Ernie"…

Gloucester – Ernest C. “Ernie” Smith, husband of the late Carol A. (Malonson) Smith, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 18.
If there was a Hall of Fame for shell fishermen, Ernie Smith is a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Ernie was born in Gloucester to the late Sherman C. Smith and Doris (Roberts) Murray. He Graduated from Gloucester High School in 1954.
A third generation clammer, Ernie built a clam shucking house into his home in the 1960s, and, along with Carol, built C & E Shellfish into a respected business well known for its high standards. In 2000, their business was featured in Saveur magazine, and framed pictures of Ernie clamming hang in the bar of the Village Restaurant to this day. C & E Shellfish was not only a successful business, but a place for family to share stories and jokes while putting in an honest day’s work.
Ernie also worked as a sheet metal contractor for Union Local 17 out of Dorchester for over 20 years. Many well-known buildings in Boston benefit from Ernie’s dedication to his work.
Ernie was a die-hard Red Sox fan, and after living through the heartbreaks of ’46, ’78, ’86 and ’03, he took special delight in The Sox breaking “The Curse” in 2004. Ernie also rarely missed his son’s or grandchildren’s baseball games. A Master of Social Distancing before it was a thing, a lone refrigerated truck could often be found in the outfield of games, carefully parked to avoid interruptions.
Ernie was also an avid gardener, and his massive vegetable gardens were legendary. As he got older, every year was supposed to be his “last year” of gardening, but every spring he just could not help himself. Even at 83, when moving became difficult, he still managed to put together a garden that showcased his vast knowledge and talent.
Ernie is survived by three sons, David Smith and his wife Patricia of Gloucester, Michael Smith and his wife Lynda of Ipswich and Jeremy Smith and his wife, Moira of Gloucester; six grandchildren, Randy Roberts and his wife Crystal of Gloucester, Courtney Rose and her husband Kyle of Gloucester, Wesley and Cassidy Smith of Ipswich, and Owen, Miles, and Ruby Smith of Gloucester; as well as five great grandchildren and his special pals, Timmy and Auggie.
A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held Saturday, October 24, at Dolliver Cemetery, Lincoln St., Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Family and friends are invited to attend, though please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ernie’s name can be made to The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, Gloucester. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com

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