Tributes Online - Ernest Thornley (Digger)

Ernest James Thornley (Digger)

29/03/1921 - 14/11/2021

THORNLEY, Ernest James (Digger);
29.3.1921-14.11.2021; 249258, Pvt., 37th Btn, 1939-45.

Formerly of St Kilda and Frances Hodgkins; at Yvette Williams Retirement Village, with loved ones at his side; aged 100 years.

Loved and loving husband of the late Blanche, loved Dad and father-in-law of Shirley and Arthur Penfold (Australia), Jim and Christina, Gary and Elvy, Jan and the late Ray Newall, Rhonda and Patrick Bowkett. Treasured Grandad and Diggy of John and Ben, Lisa and Steve, Kris and Kelly, Josh and Oliver, loved great grandad and Diggy of his 10 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Trudy and her team at Frances Hodgkins and latterly the team at Yvette Williams.

A celebration of Digger’s life will be held in Hope and Sons Chapel, 523 Andersons Bay Road at 11am on Friday November 19. Numbers are limited to 100; to register your attendance please phone Hope and Sons on 034555074 or join the family via livestream link on Digger’s tribute page above.

Messages can be left on Diggers tribute page above page or sent to 25 Old Brighton Road, Fairfield, Dunedin 9018

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Hope and Sons

Funeral Directors

Dunedin - Mosgiel - Palmerston

Service Information
Date: 19/11/2021 Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hope and Sons Chapel
523 Andersons Bay Road