1928 – 2015

SOUTH PARIS — Ernest O. Cobb (Ernie or Cobbie), 87, of Auburn, passed on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

He was born in Auburn on July 30, 1928, the son of Ruth Swift and Ernest O. Cobb. He grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1946. Directly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for two years. He attended Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville, in 1949 before joining the U.S. Air Force. After a brief stint, he joined the U.S. Army in 1951. He served in the Korean War and rose to the rank of sergeant first class before being honorably discharged in 1954.

He married Therese M. Poitras in 1956. Together they raised two children, Tracey and Eric. He owned and operated Audio Services in Auburn. For over 45 years, Ernie announced harness racing at various fairs across Maine and New Hampshire. He played an integral part in supporting local sports organizations such as the Auburn Aces and Auburn Suburban Little league. He umpired many games in both Auburn and Lewiston and traveled with the ASLL to Gary, Ind., to announce the Little League World Series. Known as “the voice of Maine,” Ernie announced the boys and girls basketball games at Edward Little for many years. He was a long-running secretary for the Auburn Exchange Club and was tenacious in his fund-raising efforts. He was Auburn Citizen of the Year in 1983.

After the passing of his first wife, Therese, Ernie was remarried in 1998 to Dorothy L. Jordan. Together they spent many winters in Florida. He was very active in the great outdoors community in Titusville, Fla., and enjoyed maintaining the sound system both at the local church and The Manor. He enjoyed many rounds of golf with friends and family, as well as playing cards with his cribbage buddies.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Dorothy Cobb; daughter, Tracey Schepman and her husband, Steven, of Ellensburg, Wash.; son, Eric Cobb and his wife, Beryle Martin, of Auburn; grandchildren, Danielle Boley and her husband, Jordan, Christopher Schepman, William Cobb and his wife, Erin, Stephen Cobb and Katherine Cobb; several great-grandchildren; nephews, David Wood and Greg Wilkinson; as well as several other nieces and nephews; and stepchildren, Scott Jordan, Raymond Jordan, Linda Whitney, Susan Nattress and Kimberly Daboo.

He was predeceased by his mother, Ruth; father, Ernest; wife, Therese; and siblings, Frances, Phyllis, Laura and Donald.

The family would like to thank the Maine Veterans’ Home staff of unit B, especially nurses, Amy, Mary and Jessica, for their exemplary and compassionate care.

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