LEWISTON – Ernest Malcom Petley, 85, of Lewiston, passed peacefully with family by his side on Dec. 25, 2018. He was born April 21, 1933, in North Anson, Maine, the son of Andrew Petley and Grace Adams. Ernie enlisted in the Army in 1953 and served in the Korean War. Ernie married the love of his life, Barbara Kilduff, on July 2, 1963. He spent his early career in the textile industry and later worked in the construction field. He retired in 1995. Everyone who knew Ernie, aka “Chum”, knew he had a tremendous love of trains and had acquired quite a collection of them over the years. He was also an avid jigsaw puzzle maker all his life and loved his crosswords, as well. Ernie also loved his bicycles and rode them at camp all the time. His greatest love was camping. He and Barbara made many lifetime friendships at the campgrounds. They also loved taking the kids in the family with them. A lot of stories and good times were had. His family would like to thank Dr. Raymond Tardiff and the staff at Central Maine Medical Center for taking such good care of him.

Ernie was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Gladys Theriault; half brother, Norman Petley and his half sister, Lola May. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; brother-in-law, Richard Kilduff and wife, Mary Jane; nephew, Linden Theriault and wife, Brenda; nephew, Ronald Theriault; niece, June McGraw and husband, Bruce; niece, Marcella Hutchinson and husband, David. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 5, from noon-1 p.m., at Funeral Alternatives, 25 Tampa St., Lewiston. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.funeralalternatives.net.

In lieu of flowers,

donations in his memory

may be made to:

Shriners Hospital

for Children

Attn: Office of Devlopment

2900 N. Rocky Point Drive

Tampa, FL 33607


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