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Ernest Frederick Rance

December 3, 1940 ~ November 14, 2021 (age 80)

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Ernie Rance passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14th at the age of 80 years. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Ernie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 48 years, Lynne; sons, Dan Rance (Kristy) and Glenn Rance; daughters, Beverly (Ian) Draper and Barbara (Jason) Kruk; grandchildren, Cody Draper, Dayton Rance, Jesse Draper (Tim), Emily Kruk and Keidis Kruk; great grandchildren, Sawyer Kennedy and Lexi Kennedy; brothers, George Rance (Bernice) and Ben Rance (Shaina); sisters, Joyce Czember, Debbie Georgeadis (Fred), Linda Wright (Jim) and Kathy Cooney.

Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Fredrick and Loise Rance; sisters, Audrey Merlo and Jean Bengtson.

Ernie owned his own business for many years, Ernie’s Heating and Sheet Metal and installed a lot of furnaces around Medicine Hat and area. He treated his customers with a good attitude and honest dealings from which he made many long-time friends.

Ernie fell in love with the sport of hunting and fishing at a young age and has had the opportunity to fish in Hawaii, Alaska, Port Renfrew and many other hidden gems around Alberta and of course the South Saskatchewan River. He travelled many places including Jamaica, Dominican, Vancouver Island, Las Vegas, Arizona and Kingston. Ernie had a great sense of humour and just loved to tease his sisters, nieces, nephews, and of course his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ernie had a love of sports. The Tigers, Bluejays and Roughriders were his favourite as well as rodeo and curling. You could always catch Ernie sneaking sweets (fudge), singing along to country music and having rum and playing cards with friends.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernie's name may be made to Saint Joseph's Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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