Rachel Davey writes: Ernie McNally passed away peacefully at 4.29pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at home in Nanaimo, surrounded by the loving support of family and friends, present at his side and elsewhere around the world. Many loving wishes were sent to Ernie as his health deteriorated. One person said Ernie ‘saw the angel in everyone’ and I believe that to be true. He was also able to be direct in the most loving and compassionate way, a skill he learned from his co-leader, mentor and dear friend, Joann Peterson. When I heard the news, my immediate reaction was the same as when Joann died: that it all happened too soon and I hadn’t had enough time with Ernie. At the same time I am grateful for the time that I did have, experiencing and witnessing his openhearted, generous spirit. Ernie was a warm and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, colleague, teacher and mentor. Most of all he was a true and loyal friend to me and to countless others. He left us too soon, and look what he has left behind:
… the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.
(From ‘Everything Possible’ – music and lyrics by Fred Small)
Ernie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour eighteen months ago. Early on in his illness, his brother Steve wrote the song ‘We Got This’ and collaborated with many musicians and artists all over the world to create the song and the video you can watch below. Ernie was given the song in a surprise presentation by Steve and many of Ernie’s friends at Reflections in December 2012.
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A celebration of Ernie’s life is planned and the date is not yet set. More information will be posted here when it is available.