1949 – 2013
Putnam – Ernest Labonte Jr. (Ernie), 64, of Church St., died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in his home. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Ernest and Roseanna (Nadeau) Labonte.
Ernie worked as a machinist for Linemaster Switch, retiring in 2001. Ernie enjoyed repairing and restoring old cars and attending car shows. He built his own workshop behind his house to work on his many projects. He enjoyed learning on his computer and sharing family photographs. Ernie was a self-taught piano and organ player and enjoyed playing for others.
Ernie is survived by his brother, Donald Labonte and his wife Bonita of Brunswick, ME; his sisters, Claire Mietzner and her husband Kenneth of Muskegon, MI, Roseanne Plihcik of Bristol, CT, and many nieces and nephews. As part of the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Ernie was a Big Brother to Mark Janczyk and KevinTilson. Ernie continued to be actively involved in their lives.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ernie’s family from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, November 11, 2013 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am in St. Mary Church, 230 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.