Peacefully in Palliative Care at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Thursday, August 6th, 2020 in his 90th year. Cherished husband of Leona Read, married for 68 years. Loving father of Stephen Read (Katherine), Colleen McGregor (Hugh), and Heather Emery (John). Beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of June Oliverio and brother-in-law of Harold, Jo, Jean, and Fred (Joy). Survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his sister Agnes Wyatt, brother Douglas Read, and sister-in-law Elsie. Ernie retired in 1990 after 40 years of employment from Abitibi Research. His passions included spending time with family, woodworking, gardening, travel and meeting new people. Ernie was dedicated to his church community helping out wherever needed. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ernie are asked to consider the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.