ESSEX – Joseph H. E. Lemay “Ernie”, 78, of Essex, passed on Wednesday, June 23, at the McClure Miller Respite House, in Colchester. He was born on August 3, 1942, in Hardwick to Alphege and Anne Marie Lemay.
The second-youngest of five children, Ernie grew up on a large milk farm. He graduated high school and enlisted in the US Air Force where he served as a military policeman for 10 years. Loving the role, he returned to Vermont and became a state trooper and eventually a South Burlington police officer where he proudly served for 36 years, retiring as a lieutenant. Ernie met the love of his life, Barbara I. D. Lemay, in January of 1967 and two weeks later wed her and had two children.
He is survived by his son, Shawn Lemay; his daughter, Reneemarie Lemay; younger sister Jane Richards; older brothers and sisters, Denis Lemay, Denise Hark and Fernand Lemay as well as grandchildren: Jessica Parker, Alyssa Lemay and Madelyn Lemay and numerous nephews, nieces and great grandchildren.A celebration of his life will take place later this summer. For further details and to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.