Earnest Lee Canada, Sr., age 70, of Sturgis, Michigan entered the
earthly gates on January 14, 1939 in Drew, Mississippi. The loving son
of father and grandfather entered the heavenly gates on September 6,
2008 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency after what doctors
believe to be a stroke.
Earnest enjoyed his 70 years of life, fishing, playing cards, watching
Gunsmoke, Bonanza, John Wayne movies and football and boxing. He also
enjoyed 29 years with his significant other, Viola. Some of his favorite
past times involved camping and spending time with his grandchildren.
He had been employed by Essex Wire in Three Rivers for 14 years before
accepting a position at CMI in Bristol, Indiana where he worked for five
years. He then went to Seneca Systems in Middlebury, Indiana where he
worked for 12 years before retiring in 2004.
He is survived by his loving partner of 29 years; Viola Quinn, Three
Daughters; Nikki May Canada of Sturgis, Wanada Canada of Sacramento,
California and Edna Canada of Grand Rapids, Two Sons; Earnest Canada,
Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri and Victor Canada of Grand Rapids, 12
Grandchildren including; Gabriel Canada and Sara Rose Canada of Sturgis,
Nine Great Grandchildren, Two Brothers; Henry Harris of Drew,
Mississippi and Tommie Canada of Garden Grove, California and many
cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday at the
Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St.,
Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life
of Ernest Lee Canada will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the First
Baptist Church of Sturgis. The Rev. James Bender will officiate. A
graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family c/o: Viola Quinn,
25039 West U.S. 12, Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the