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Ernest Amero

August 17, 1931 — November 25, 2020

Ernest “Ernie” Amero, 89, of Dickinson Center, NY formerly of Largo, FL and Saranac Lake, NY peacefully passed away at his residence on Wednesday November 25, 2020 with his daughter Debbie and her husband Mike at his side. Ernie was born in Lynn, MA on August 17, 1931, the son of Henry and Marie (Bourque) Amero.

Ernie grew up and attended school in Lynn, MA graduating in 1950. His mother Marie passed when he was very young and his father remarried Florence Saulnier. A few years later his father passed and Florence raised him, his brother Hank and their sister Helen on her own with children she already had. In 1947, Ernie joined the National Guard being honorably discharged in 1948 because he was “underage” listing his birthday as August 30, 1930. In 1950, he served in the Marine Corp as a Corporal. After his service, he returned to Lynn, MA where he still had family. 1n 1953 he became employed by EX CELLO Corp. He eventually moved to Saranac Lake, NY and worked for Rosebud Creamery in Plattsburgh, NY as a service engineer setting up and instructing on the use of refrigeration machinery.

Ernie met Marylyn Walker and they were married on February 3, 1961. Sometime later they divorced and years later he moved to Michigan where he was still employed by EX CELLO corporation. He worked there until his retirement on January 31, 1996. The company had changed its name to Pure-Pak by then. His job required him to travel all over the world where he went to 26 countries and many U.S. States and most of Canada. Once while working in Iran with other Americans in the early 1980’s he was awoken in the middle of the night and told they had to go to the airport right away and leave Iran. After retirement, Ernie moved to Largo, FL. for the sunshine and to be near his dear friends Jim and Pat Keenan. While in Florida, he had a ride on a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle at the age of 81. Ernie lived in Largo for nearly 20 years until his health started to decline. He moved back to NY to live with his daughter.

Ernie enjoyed the ocean since growing up near it in Lynn, MA., and again in Largo, FL. He was an avid fisherman all his life whether fresh water or Salt water. He once reeled in a 562 pound tuna in Nova Scotia with his brother and two half-sisters. Another time in July 1964, while fishing two miles off the coast of MA., with his wife Marylyn, they hooked an “Angel Shark” which goes by other names. It was ugly and weighed about 30 pounds and measured over three feet long! It took the couple about 20 minutes to land the fish. His wife did not want it in the boat. The story and picture of the fish made it into the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Ernie also loved old and unique telephones and clocks. He once had a wooden cabin cruiser boat that he named “Deb-Jo” and spent many summers on lower and middle Saranac. It also went to MA. where he fished there in the ocean as well. Ernie owned a 1965 Corvette Stingray convertible that he enjoyed driving and that went with him to Florida.

Ernie is survived by his daughter Debbie (Amero) Dashno and her husband Mike. His granddaughter Kassandra Dashno of Lake Clear, his adopted son Joe and his wife Candy of Virginia and his grandson Matt of Saranac Lake. Ernie is also survived by his one great granddaughter who made his beautiful blue eyes light up, Skyler Dashno, who loved her Grandpa Ernie very much. As well he is survived by his nieces Penny Perry of MA., and Diane Cadenhead of CA., and nephews John Gould of MA., and Dwayne Pothier of NH.

Ernie was predeceased by his father and mother Henry and Marie (Bourque) Amero, his step-mother Florence, his sister Helen (Ann), two brothers: Henry (Hank) and Bobby (who died at 4 years old). His half-sisters: Betty Pothier and Norma Gould. For those who knew Ernie, will remember him as a very kind and generous man who would help anyone in need. He was always well dressed and tried to see the good in others, he also had impeccable handwriting.

Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. At Ernie’s request, there will be no Calling hours. Funeral services will be private and at a date and time convenient for the family.

Family and friends wishing to remember Ernest “Ernie” Amero can send memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at
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