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Ernie Cardinal

April 3, 1948 - September 8, 2019


On September 8, 2019 Mr. Ernie Cardinal of Saddle Lake passed away at the age of 71 years. He is survived by his children, Neva (Vince), Mark, Deanna (Wayne) Morin & Curtis; 5 grandchildren, Kennedy, Josie-Leah, Tate, Kassandra & Isabella; loving mother, Jennie Cardinal; siblings, Theresa, Anne, Emil, Elaine, Ricky, Mona (Cal) & Achell; numerous nieces & nephews. Ernie was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis; father, Joe P. Cardinal; brother, Eugene; grandparents, Henry & Agathe Cardinal; grandson, Bryan; uncle, Harrison; auntie, Louise. A Wake will be held on Wednesday (leaving Grace Gardens at 4:00 p.m.) & Thursday, September 11 & 12 at Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake. Reverend Father Raldy Jhack Diaz will be officiating, with interment in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Saddle Lake To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Wanda Whitford
Relation: Friend of family

My heart breaks for your family. Ernie was such a well respected man and I know you all were so extremely close to him. My prayers are with you and your entire family during this very sad and tragic time. ❤️❤️❤️

From: Don Cunningham
Relation: Ernie and I attended school in Grouard, Alberta in the mid 60s and became good friends!!

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of my good friend Ernie Cardinal!!

From: Christine Smith
Relation: co-worker

I worked with Ernie at EIFW, he was such a nice person, very good with the inmates

From: Sue Perry
Relation: Coworker at the Parole Board

May your happy memories of Ernie bring you comfort at this time of loss. I will miss his stories, his teachings, warm and easy going personality and commitment to his work.

From: Guy LeBlanc
Relation: Friend and co-worker at Parole Board of Canada

Always had great conversations with Ernie. Great stories of his childhood, his family and his culture. Ernie will be missed.

From: Kirk Buffalo
Relation: Good Friend and Brother

It was just last week, at a Parole Board Hearing, he came into my office, we had a conversation involving work, but also the many times we met at the North American Indian Golf Classic, hockey tournaments. What a moment.
He now, joins John Fletcher, Raymond Arcand, Emil Cutknife, Raymond Cutknife, but most important to Him, he gets to golf with Phyllis.
Next on the tee: Phyllis and Ernie Cardinal!
Safe Journey my Friend.

From: Gerry Gunn
Relation: Co-worker at PBC

I had the wonderful privilege of having known Ernie for almost 10 years. I was always taken by his wisdom and knowledge and of how eager he was to pass it along to others. His personal stories always included his children and more so, his grandchildren. I am left with many words of wisdom that I am committed to remembering and carrying forward. I am particularly fond of his prayers that included placing your children and grandchildren ahead of ones self. I once commented to Ernie that I was amazed at how the rising smoke from almost every smudge he lit, seemed to follow him during his prayers. Right or wrong, I saw this as powerful and respected it every time I saw it. I am happy to know the Creator has returned him to Phyllis, who I know he missed dearly. Thank you Ernie. You will be missed.

From: Rodney Cunningham
Relation: friend

Sincere condolences to the family such a great man I worked with Ernie at Edmonton institution he came to my sons class and spook to the young kids will be truly missed

From: Tracy Mcbain
Relation: I worked with Ernie at the Edmonton Max and EIFW, I was an officer.

My prayers are with all of Ernies family and friends. Ernie taught me so much about compassion,love,beliefs and understanding. Working with him at both the Edmonton Max and the Women’s institution I learned a great deal and it forever changed my life. He softened many rough edges of this officer and helped me develop into the person I am today. Much love and respect, safe journeys Ernie, I will be looking to you for guidance.

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Service Schedule


Date & Time:
September 11, 2019
Beginning at 4:00pm

Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake

Leaving Grace Gardens at 4:00 p.m.

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 13, 2019
Beginning at 10:00am

Ayiwakes Cultural Centre, Saddle Lake

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