Ernie spent 38 years working for John Graham (Dromore), reaching the managerial position of Joinery Foreman before working for several other local construction companies.
One of a family of craftsmen - his late father Walter and late brother Joe were also noted carpenters with John Graham (Dromore) - among other things Ernie turned his 'God-given' talent to making the pulpits for Banbridge Road Presbyterian Church, Dromore and Drumlough Presbyterian Church.
Described as a brilliant woodworker, he personally constructed two 16-foot windows at either side of the pulpit, as well as the sacramental War Memorial window, at First Dromore (Non-Subscribing) in the early 1980s.
Ernie's oft-quoted life philosophy - "better wearing out than rusting out" - is equally evident in his other pursuits, which between them demonstrated an until-recently tireless athleticism, a commitment to charity, a passion for music and, again, his skill at woodworking, with which he has produced five guitars and the racing body for a 1929 Riley sports car.
A keen sportsman, he began in the mid-1980s to take part in fun-runs, only lately hanging up his running shoes, and his most recent achievements include raising £1,720 for the Paul Russell Trust Fund.
His love of music finds voice not only in his church choir, but among the ranks of the renowned Dromore and District Male Voice Choir, of which he has been a member for some 20 years. (Dromore Leader 2009)
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ernie and his family through our own connections with Dromore Non-Subscribing Church and shortly after his retirement at 80, he allowed me to photograph him by the magnificent windows which he built.
Don't tell our minister but during services I often sit in our family pew and admire the workmanship, the wonderful light which the windows bring into the church, and the faith which Ernie showed - in God and himself.
I'm sure God is pleased with Ernie's work, and Ernie was back in church this morning, singing in the choir.
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