Ernest A. Mills

February 25, 1921
- October 12, 2011

BROWNVILLE JCT. - Ernest "Shim" A. Mills, 90, passed away Oct. 12, 2011, with his family at his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1921, in White River Junction, Vt., the son of Alfred E. and Violet (Hudson) Mills. The family moved to Lac Megantic, Quebec, when he was 6 months old. He grew up on Spider Lake outside Megantic. He began work logging with his father at an early age and as a teenager provided guide services for hunters and fishermen at the sportsman's club on Spider Lake. In June 1941, Ernie joined the Canadian Army. He eventually joined the 3rd Canadian Division of the Stormant, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders - the same regiment his father served in during World War I. Within the year, he was on the troopship Louis Pasteur sailing from Halifax to Portsmouth, England. While in England he was stationed at Camp Bromley, where he was assigned as an anti-aircraft gunner. He landed in France on D-Day plus 6 and was soon involved in front line action. He met his wife of 57 years soon after he arrived in England in 1941. Ivy (Brown) Mills was serving in the British Women's Land Army. They were wed Nov. 17, 1945, at St. Paul's Church, Walthamstow/London, England. Upon returning to Lac Megantic with his new bride, Ernie was discharged Jan. 16, 1946, and began working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Jan. 20, 1946. His first job with the Canadian Pacific Railroad was working the "scoot" that ran from Megantic to Brownville Junction. He spent the next 26 years with the Canadian Pacific Railroad working any job that kept him employed. He often loved to tell you how he worked the paint crew on Onawa trestle in the late 1940s. Ernie and Ivy moved their family to Brownville Junction in 1964. He retired in 1972 after he injured his back in a fall from a boxcar. He spent the next 25 years working as a carpenter in Brownville Junction and the surrounding area. He loved to build and it would likely be hard to find a home in Brownville Junction that he hadn't driven a nail in at some point during the years. He also loved spending time in his shop building things for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of the girls received cedar chests at some point in their lives! After his retirement he spent many hours at his camp on Schoodic Lake with family and friends. Ernie was a proud member of Lingwick Lodge No. 79 AF & AM, Gould, Quebec, for 62 years; a member of American Legion Post No. 92, Brownville Junction, for 47 years; a member of Mount Katahdin Senior Citizens and of St. John's Episcopal Church. Ernie was predeceased by his wife, Ivy; his parents, Alfred and Violet Mills; his sister, Edna MacLellan; and an infant son, Allan. He is survived by his children, Carol Beaudion and her husband, Gaetan, of Gatineau, Quebec, Donna Leeman of Brownville Junction, Allana Washburn and her husband, Rodney, of Brownville Junction, Sharon Rozos and her husband, Michael, of Vero Beach, Fla., Eric Mills and his wife, Karyn, of Brockton, Mass., and Sheila Kirby of Glennville, Ga.; his 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his very special companion of the last 12 years, Dan, his dog. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. until the time of memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Brownville Junction, with the Rev. Nancy Moore officiating. Friends are invited to join the family after the service at the American Legion Hall to share stories and memories of Ernie's life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 751, Brownville, ME 04414. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

Published in Bangor Daily News on October 14, 2011


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