HARDWICK- Ernest Condon, a longtime resident of Hardwick died Monday, March 30, 2020 at St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation at the age of 89.
He was born in Burlington, VT on August 4, 1930 the son of Clifford and Lorena (Symonds) Condon. He attended school at Elmore Pleasant Valley, Woodbury, and Hardwick and received his GED in the Army. As a teen, a memorable event for Ernest was traveling to Chesapeake Bay, VA to help his uncle and namesake, Ernest Condon (a career Army Veteran trained in refrigeration) set up trailers for returning servicemen from war.
Ernest enlisted and served in the Army from 1950-1953 during the Korean War and again in 1960-1963 in Germany during the Berlin Wall Crisis. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant Specialist.
He worked as a driller for Fairbanks Morse Co. in St. Johnsbury both before his 1960 Army enlistment and after his return in ’63. In the mid-1960’s he worked on power lines locally and out of state in Indiana and Colorado. Ernest also worked at George Slayton’s Garage in Hardwick as well as the Atlas Plywood Company in Morrisville making furniture. It was around 1970 when he began his 14-year employment at Rowell Brothers Ford in Hardwick. Ernest was also the representative for GEHL farm equipment traveling to New York state to pick up new Ford tractors and other equipment including four-wheel drive tractors near Niagara Falls.
Ernest is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Frances Choquette, Ruth Clark, and Lillian Farr.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2pm at Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.
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