Born: November 14, 1930
Died: June 24, 2012
Ernest J. Poirier
GALES FERRY - Ernest Joseph Poirier, 81, of Gales Ferry passed away quietly with his family and friends by his side.
He was born November 14, 1930 in Somerville, MA the son of Alcide and Florence Gaudet Poirier.
Between 1950 and 1953 he served in the United States Marines and is a veteran of the Korean War.
In 1959 he graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in chemical engineering and earned a Master’s Degree in Material Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For 20 years starting in 1969, Ernie led the Engineering Department at Arwood Corporation in Groton.
Ernie was an avid follower of UConn Women’s Basketball, and loved relaxing at Eastern Point Beach with his wife and friends.
He married the love of his life, Ida Rame, at St. Stephen’s Church in Boston on September 6, 1954.
In addition to Ida, his wife of 58 years , Ernie is survived and well loved by his three children: Michelle Mathieu and her husband John of Westbrook, CT, Lucille Poirier of Brooklyn, NY, and Stephen Poitier of Gales Ferry, also his pride and joy, his five grandchildren; Christopher , Jaclyn and Gregory Mathieu, and Isabella and Nicholas Prince, his 2 brothers; David Poirier of Tuscon, Arizona, and Richard Poirier of Franklin, OH.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM Thursday, June 28th at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Gales Ferry. Burial will follow in Avery-Stoddard Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4- 6 PM Wednesday at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton. CT 06340 Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of SE CT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360