Salisbury, MA — Ernest “Ernie” Warren Fuller Sr., 78, longtime Amesbury and Salisbury resident, died peacefully on Thursday morning, January 9, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Peabody, with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Michele A. (Demers) Fuller, his wife of nine months, and soul mate for 16 years. Hewas also the husband of the late Patricia (Herward) Fuller.
Born in Morris, Okla., on April 18, 1935, he was one of four children of the late Ernest and Ethel (Hunt) Fuller. As a very young child, Ernie and his family moved to Richmond, Calif., where he grew up and went to school. As an outstanding baseball player, he played with several major league baseball players while living in California. After high school, Ernest proudly served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, from January 30, 1953, until his honorable discharge on April 10, 1956.
After completing his military service, he settled in Amesbury, and continued playing baseball with local teams. He worked for General Electric in Lynn, where he retired as a foreman after 38 years.
As an avid outdoorsman, his passions in life included hunting, fishing, and in his later years, he continued fishing and enjoyed watching sports, playing cards and playing cribbage. Above all else, his greatest love was spending time with his family. They were his happiness, they were his Life.
In addition to his wife, Michele, of Salisbury, he leaves behind a son, Ernest W. Fuller Jr. and wife, Kathleen, of Exeter, N.H.; a daughter, Dawn Fuller-George and husband, Ricky, of Amesbury; stepdaughter, Jessica O’Beirne and husband, Patrick, of Atkinson, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Christopher, Mark, Brian, Jessica, and Melissa George, and Elizabeth and Matthew Fuller, and Margaret O’Beirne; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Verlene Ayers of North Carolina, Verna Murphy of Oregon, and Patricia Yaddow and husband, David, of North Carolina; along with several generations of nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him dearly.
He was the best husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, and friend that any could ever want.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m., at the Star of the Sea Church, Beach Road, Salisbury. By request of the family, there will no visiting hours, and interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Amesbury, will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury.