FRANKLIN - Ernest Eugene Whitney, 80, of Franklin, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi.
He was born in Bennington, Vermont to Ralph and Dorothy (Andrews) Whitney in 1937.
Ernest recently moved home to Franklin to be near his extended family after living in North Palm Beach, Florida for many years.
Ernest was predeceased by his much-loved wife, Susan Mount Nelson Whitney; and his parents, Ralph and Dorothy (Andrews) Whitney.
Ernest is survived by his son, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Whitney Jr.; grandsons, Jason Whitney, Brent (Jessica) Whitney; precious great-granddaughter, Olivia Dianna Whitney; sisters, Carolyn (Wayne) Whitney Worden, Joanne (Bill) Whitney Westcott-Bucherri, Louise (Don) Whitney Hebbard; daughter-in-law, Terri Whitney; many nieces and nephews.
Ernest attended a two-room schoolhouse in North Charlestown, New Hampshire through sixth grade until he and his family moved to Franklin in 1949, where he graduated from Franklin Central School in 1955.
Ernest earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and master's degree from Columbia University.
Ernest served in the United States Navy for more than eight years, stationed on Wake Island, Midway Island and Hawaii as an aviation electronics technician. He was a member of the Franklin American Legion Post 1689. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Ernest dedicated his life to teaching. He taught at Franklin Central School, SUCO Migrant Tutorial Program and retired from teaching in the Palm Beach County School District in Florida.
Ernest was a passionate man who loved carpentry and was always repairing or building projects. He spent many summers renovating his Franklin home, preserving its historical integrity.
In his free time, he also gardened, read, was a beekeeper and cooked.
After retirement, he pursued his interest in family genealogy, having at least one article published in the Ancestry Quarterly Bulletin of the Palm Beach County Genealogical Society: The Rev. John Lothropp of Etton, England, and Barnstable, New England. He always said the hardest part of genealogy was staying focused on a family line and not getting distracted by the many stories and people he discovered during his research.
Ernest had a strong religious faith and was an ordained deacon. He attended the Episcopal Church in Franklin, Bainbridge and North Palm Beach, Florida.
A special thank you goes to the nurses and doctors at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi and the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their loving care and support.
A private service will be held in the future at the family's convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin Free Library, Franklin American Legion 1689, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Franklin for its restoration fund.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Published on January 28, 2018