Ernest W. Desrochers, 96, husband of the late Irene R. Desrochers, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017.
Ernie was born in Derry, NH, to Wilfred and Eugenie Desrochers on September 16, 1921. He was raised in Amesbury, MA, where he attended St. Joseph's School and Amesbury High School. After graduation, he went to Lowell Technical Institute to study engineering while also working for Towle Silversmiths. Ernie served in WWII in Europe under General George Patton. At Christmas, 1944, he joined the Third Army in the relief of Bastogne and later faught through Germany ending the war in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. He spent an additional year in Munich in the Army of Occupation. Returning to Amesbury, he married his sweetheart, Irene Riopel, and they had two children, David and Laureen. In 1955, the family moved to Upstate NY where Ernie spent 30 years working as an engineer for Oneida Ltd. Silversmiths. During that time Oneida sent him to Northern Ireland to work at the Bangor plant. Ernie was an enthusiastic gardener, gifted wood worker and silversmith. After retirement, Ernie and Irene moved to Greenville, SC where they lived at Rolling Green Village. Irene preceded him in death in October, 2002.
Ernie is survived by his children, grand children (Martine Rawlings, Christopher Rawlings, Danielle Desrochers MD and Max Desrochers), his sister, Doris Boucher, and sister in law, Shirley Desrochers. A private graveside service will be held in Amesbury at a later date.
Ernie was well-liked wherever he went and had many friends.