Ernest J. Mandy
1930 – 2010
AUBURN — Ernest Joseph Mandy, 79, of Oxford, passed away peacefully with family by his side after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer on March 7.
He was born in Keasbey, N.J., June 4, 1930, son of John and Kathleen Mandy, both from Budapest, Hungary. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 21 years. While serving in Germany shortly after World War II, he met the love of his life and best friend, Gisela Miessner of Bremerhaven.
They moved to America in 1954, and raised a family while still serving in the military. Upon retirement, they moved to Oxford in 1968. He had a wonderful life, enjoying his wife, two daughters and eventually seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He shared a love of horses with his daughters and some of the happiest times were when all three of them were riding the trails behind their home. He loved his land and spent many happy hours walking with his faithful little dog, Fritz.
He also had a passion for travel and both he and Gisela saw much of this wonderful country, visiting many national parks and loving the opportunities and adventure traveling gave them. One of his favorite places was Walt Disney World in Florida, and he shared many wonderful trips with his entire family.
He was a kind and generous man whose sense of humor brought the family many joyful times. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters, Joanne Hazelton and Barbara Mandy; his grandchildren, Stephen, Joseph and Mandy Hazelton and Barbara’s children, Timothy, Jeffrey, Jessica and Daniel Magoon; Warren, husband of Joanne and daughters-in-law, Lindsay Magoon and Kelly Hazelton; along with his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Maddison and Jackson Hazelton; he also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Manfred Miessner and his wife, Elisabeth, of Bremerhaven, Germany; his sister-in-law, Julia Mandy and her children, William, Robert, Donald and John; and close family friends, Jim and Jean Delamater and Danielle Proulx.
He was predeceased by his wife, Gisela; brothers, William, Arthur and John Mandy; and a sister, Marge Fischer.
Special thanks goes out to Dr. Amir Modarressi and his wonderful staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the caring, compassionate staff of Androscoggin Hospice House, where he spent his final days.