October 26, 1924 - December 25, 2017
Ernie’s youth was spent in Phoenix Arizona. In 1941 the Weaver family moved to a small farm in Milwaukie Oregon where Ernie attended High School. At age 18 he was drafted into the army. He was in the Theater of War under General Patton. He was discharged from service December 9th 1945 and received the Purple Heart. Education was his goal. He earned his Doctorate degree in education. His first teaching job was at Hillsboro High School. In the 60s he joined the New York State College @ Buffalo as Assistant Professor of Art. Ernest C. Weaver was employed at the College from 1 September 1961 to 30 June 1965 From there he moved to Hawaii which he loved and spent many happy years as the supervisor of beginning teachers. He returned to Lake Oswego Oregon and eventually built a lovely home on acreage in West Linn Oregon which became a very well-known exotic bird Ranch. He also raised llamas and endangered waterfowl. Ernest was awarded by the National Audubon Society for his contributions with endangered species. .
With a partner he purchased the Marion Nursing Home in Sublimity Oregon. After retiring he bought his dream home in Palm Springs California where he would spend his winter months. He would return to Portland where he would live by his sister and enjoy the summers. He sold his Palm Springs home and his last 10 years were spent at Argay Downs Condominiums by his sister Betty.
Ernies file from New York State College at Buffalo biographical file indicates that he was an extraordinary individual!
His Great niece Michelle Mitchell said “perhaps Uncle Ernie was the most interesting man in the world.” His other Great niece Christine Mahoney said “he was a generous and extra ordinary man.”
His last few years he had to companions who gave him care. One said, “Ernie was one of a kind. He was full of life, love and laughter and she would miss his loving heart.” His other companion, Diego said, “he learned so much from Ernie and that he was like a father to him”.
All of these compliments were echoed by his many friends and family.