ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ernest Johnson, 67 years old, born on December 22, 1953, who passed away on April 26, 2021.

Though he may no longer walk this Earth in human form, he walks with us in spirit eternally. For all the laughter, the conversations and the quiet moments shared, these memories leave imprints on our minds, hearts and souls, forever connecting us to him. 

Posted by Iris Leona Marie Cross on June 10, 2021
Yesterday I received the shocking news of Ernest Johnson’s death. Grief overwhelmed me. Ernest’s death opened the floodgates of recall, taking me back to 1974 when we met through mutual friends. 

At the time, Ernest had graduated from Trinity College and was pursuing accountancy qualifications. I had graduated from Bishop Anstey and was working at a medical laboratory with the intention of attending university in Canada. We struck up a beautiful friendship - J’ouvert, cinema, Carnival fetes, scrabble, or just chillaxing. He was an avid reader of novels and disliked eating vegetables.

Ernest was a gentleman in every sense of the word. My mother adored him; all my friends liked him. He was tight with my uncle Tiny who was a hockey coach and Mavericks Mas man. Hockey and Mas ̶ interests Tiny and Ernest shared.

He was a placid human being, always smiling, never angry even after I left for Canada and had not written in four years. When I returned in 1979 we ran into each other on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. I apologized for my lack of correspondence. Ernest was as sweet and understanding as ever. He smiled and said: “I told myself another one bites the dust.”

Ernest was generous, thoughtful, caring and supportive. When I was a newbie driver and my mother refused to risk her life in my car, Ernest offered to be my mentor. A few nights a week he supervised as I drove my new car through Petit Valley, Diego Martin, Maraval and St Ann’s so I could familiarize myself with driving in Trinidad.

Decades later, I now realize that Ernest was one of a kind; a gem, a great guy. I always felt he had the makings of a loving, devoted husband and father. I wasn’t wrong, judging from the tributes I heard at his funeral service. I am glad Ernest got his "happily ever after" – a wife who loved him and whom he deeply loved, and four children who thought the world of their dad. No one deserved more happiness than Ernest Brian Johnson.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his beloved wife, Marissa, and loving children Nickola, Amanda, Tonya and Nathan. May his love give you the strength to carry on without his physical presence.
 
Rest in Peace Ernest. Thanks for the indelible memories.

Posted by Devendra Rajcoomar on June 5, 2021
We were friends at Trinity Junior and we started where we left off when we met again in lodge some 30 odd years ago. A true gentleman and faithful brother ....gone too soon. May God bless his soul and may he enjoy eternal bliss. May God always protect and keep safe his dear family.
Posted by Mica James on May 6, 2021
Much love to you all who live on. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Good memories of liming on the patio chatting. Christmas lunch that one time

May you rest in uncle peace Earnest.
Posted by Paul Gibbs on May 5, 2021
To a most beloved Brother. I will miss you dearly. Rest in peace
Posted by Julian Stollmeyer on May 4, 2021
Ernest was a classmate of mine at Trinity, the one that had a smile and a friendly word for everyone. When I returned to Trinidad 9 years ago, he reached out to me and reconnected me with our old pals from school for which I am ever grateful. We were together on a ZOOM lime just days before he passed - so glad I got to hear his laugh one last time.

So long pardner, we have all been truly blessed to have known you.
Posted by Nalini Maria Ouditt on May 4, 2021
Dearest Mariss, Amanda, Nickola, Tonya and Nathan,
Thank you for sharing your final moments with your beloved husband and father with us. The service was heart wrenching and lovely.
You were all blessed to have each other and share the joy and love of family which lasts an eternity.

When a man's nickname is Smiley, his reputation precedes him rendering him unforgettable and he certainly was.

My son and I found him warm and welcoming, smart and funny, eager to exchange stories, (even a near death or life threatening one) with ease and compassion. He gave undivided attention, even if he met you 5 minutes ago.
His friends and family are better for having known him.
May he rest in peace now.

Heartfelt condolences to you and your children Mariss and May you find the peace and courage to continue with him in your hearts.
Much love,
Maria and Ayodhya
Posted by Nadine Sammy on May 4, 2021
My condolences to Aunty Marissa, Amanda, Nickola, Tonya and Nathan. I am honoured to have known Uncle Ernest and I know his spirit will live on through his wonderful family. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Dhanesh Kumar on May 4, 2021
First of all, i would like to express our condolences to Marissa and the children, especially Amanda, who was my daughter Nicola's friend from Maria Regina. 
I met Ernest when i entered Trinity College in 1970. Ernest was a sixth former, and lived just down Norfolk St from me in Belmont. We played on the Winning Team for the Colleges Hockey League in 1971. Smiley, as we called him played hockey after College with Notre Dame. We remained friends all these years, with me meeting him at his work place IBWIL many times during the year. He would always make time to chat with me during those times. We both loved pan and would always meet up by the Savannah for Panorama. Ernest was a quiet, kind and generous person, who rarely ever got mad with others. We will surely miss that million dollar smile my friend. May you rest in peace Ernest 'Smiley' Johnson.
Posted by yty jan on May 4, 2021
Dear Marissa, Amanda, Nicola, Tonya and Nathan. Deepest condolences from Ibn, Tyanna and I. Words cannot express your loss which is also ours. Just know that he will be fondly remembered.
Big, tight, virtual hugs.

Nadia

Posted by Richard Beckles on May 4, 2021
Ernest, may you rest in peace. I shall remember you as an exemplary man and mason. You fought the good fight. May your family find comfort.
Posted by Julia Fojo on May 4, 2021
Rest In Peace Uncle Ernest❤️
Posted by Sandra Heath on May 4, 2021
I first met Ernest when he started dating Marissa, who is one of my longest and most enduring of friends. My girlfriends , aka The Nighty Patrol, had to accept each new partner. He had to pass the test. Smiley did so in leaps and bounds. Our tight knit group eventually expanded to include the husbands, who still had to understand our monthly tea gatherings that went well into the night. Girls only, with the occasional acceptance of the men in our lives, joining some of the fun. . Ernest was part of this tight knit group, our kids all understand this bond we'll share forever. He will always be in my heart, a gentle and kind soul with a quiet smile that took in all of our shenanigans and accepted them. Love you always Smiley. May you Rest in Peace, playing your Hockey now, once more freely and unencumbered
Posted by Miguel Bret Marquez on May 4, 2021
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present strength in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging"
Rest in peace Ernest. May the God Lord bring comfort to the entire Johnson family at this time. Love Bret & family.
Posted by Nikita Findlay on May 4, 2021
Sending so much love to you Uncle Ernest and my second family here in Trinidad & Tobago. You and your family have always treated me and my family with such love and kindness and I cherish all the memories we've had together. Looking forward to sharing many more adventures with your amazing family <3
Posted by Petra Chadee on May 4, 2021
Deepest condolences to Mr. Johnson's Family, please remember those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near!
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Johnson for three years at Insurance Brokers West Indies Limited (IBWIL). He will be remembered for his love for his work, his diligence, intelligence and brilliance! He was always there to listen, advise, share and assist. We shared many wonderful moments and even after we parted ways we always stayed in touch with each other. I will miss our chats and always remember his warmth and wonderful smile. Rest in Peace EJ!
Posted by Zindzi Morris-Alleyne on May 4, 2021
My condolences to the Johnson family at this time. Praying for Amanda, Aunty Marissa, Nickola, Tonya and Nathan to feel surrounded and comforted by love. Uncle Ernest will be missed and his spirit remains with you all.
Posted by Gordon Paul on May 4, 2021
It was a pressure knowing and interacting with you. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory Brother Ernest
Posted by Kathy-Ann Castillo on May 4, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to your family from my family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Kathy-Ann Castillo.
Posted by Khrystofer Phillip on May 4, 2021
Rest in peace my Brother, you will be missed.
Posted by Michael Clarke on May 4, 2021
A nickname reflecting his personalty. May he rest in peace
Posted by Elton Prescott on May 4, 2021
Safe journey and peaceful rest to you My Brother Ernest. You made your mark among us.
Posted by Denise Uddenberg on May 4, 2021
Deepest condolences to you dear Marissa and your lovely family. Ernest was a true gentleman, a beautiful soul. He will be greatly missed. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in eternal peace dear Ernest. Much love, Alex & Denise.
Posted by Lloyd Cowie on May 4, 2021
I trust Almighty God to enfold the Family in His Loving Arms from which you all will receive the comfort and consolation to remain strong as you all remember the love which Ernest personified.
Blessings.
Posted by Francilla Roper-Arjoon on May 4, 2021
I have fond memories of Ernest (and Marissa) from the early eighties at Pannell Fitzpatrick (currently EY). I remember his ever present smile and kind disposition. I remember him always willing to guide and mentor.
Marissa, may God continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. May Ernie (Smiley) Rest In Peace, by and through and with God's mercy and grace.
Posted by Arlene Gomes on May 4, 2021
Deepest condolences to Marissa and the kids....Smiley was a darling and will never be forgotten....may he RIP...love from all the older heads of Notre Dame Club....RIP
Posted by Jeff Hercules on May 4, 2021
Ernest . . . . EJ . . . . Smiley.

Thank you for being.

For the unconditional friendship.

For the instinctive sharing.

For the indelible memories.

For living up to the ideal that defines the value of someone's life — leaving the world a better place than you found it.

Yours was an innings well played my friend. I wish it did not have to end.

To your family, the one you built with your wife and children: my deepest deepest condolences.

Not today, not tomorrow or maybe any time in the near future but . . . one day . . . one day all of us touched be Smiley will smile when we think of him. It cannot come soon enough.

Rest In Peace my friend . . . Rest in Peace. 
Posted by Sean Byer on May 4, 2021
My prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time of loss.
Posted by JAMES WALKER on May 4, 2021
Always ready with a smile
Always ready to help others
Always a great father to his children
Always a devoted husband.

And will always be remembered fondly

From Doug and Liz Walker

Condolences to Marissa and family
Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one is going to take your joy away from you.

John 16:22
Posted by Margaret Samuel on May 4, 2021
Marissa I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and the entire Johnson family. Ernest - a gentle and gracious man. A loving husband and father. Someone who I was very fond of. A family who stuck together. Four children who epitomise a perfect combination of their beautiful parents.
Ernest, we had some good laughs in the pool at Aqua Therapy. My daughter Hannah enjoyed teaching you, and I could tell you enjoyed it for the time you were there. I know that you will be smiling down on your precious family now. Rest easy. You are gone but will never be forgotten. May God give your family comfort at this time. That smile...
Posted by David Shim on May 3, 2021
We always wonder why
When u lose such a nice guy
Separated by time and space
Still fond memories surface
Smiling to the end
So many will miss him as a friend
And in the midst of pain
Know that your loss is Heaven's gain
So Ernest as u go to your rest
We salute u; one of the best
Posted by Aurora Emmanuel-Figaro on May 3, 2021
As neighbors for over 30 years Ernest had always been a good conversationalist, a great listener , a gentle and peaceful soul. I will miss those moments talking about any and everything but I’m comforted to know that he is no longer in pain. To my dearest Marissa and children we the Figaro family send our deepest condolences and pray that the Holy Spirit comfort you all at this time.
Posted by Ian Cross on May 3, 2021
Farewell my friend and Brother, we shall all meet again where TGAOTU has prepared for us..
Posted by Bianca Mungalsingh on May 3, 2021
Uncle you were such a gentle man. Even in your last days you were honorable and soft-spoken. May the example of your gentleness live on
Posted by Linda Boyce Reid on May 3, 2021
Rest easy Ernest! I Remember your smile and guidance at PF... Marissa I have no words, since I cannot begin to imagine your profound loss... you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I can see from pictures the beautiful children you two have raised. Quite the priceless legacy. Hugs to you all.
Posted by rpvaluation --- on May 3, 2021
Ernest "EJ" Johnson gave the gift of true friendship to those he came across. He did not shun anyone. He was particularly dedicated to his high school classmates.

He had a good sense of humor but was mature and available for serious conversation. There was no better friend than "EJ".

My condolences to his wife Marissa, his four children, relatives and many friends.

Ray Pierre
Posted by Jacqui G. Farrell on May 3, 2021
Dear Marisa, how well I remember Ernest happily dropping and picking up your girls and their teenage friends as they explored the teenage party circuit, never complaining and seemingly enjoying their company! He was a gentle man and friend to many. May he rest in peace and rise in eternal glory.

Jacqui
Posted by Earl Wilson on May 3, 2021
It was very sad to hear about Smileys death.
Marisa, my condolences to you and your family.
Hope you find strength in prayer .
Posted by Kanapathi Wignarajah on May 3, 2021
Dear Ernest
I am still in deep shock. I will miss you sorely but I take solace in the fact that you did so much for this planet and our friends. No human is indispensable and the world is full of paradigms. We cannot change the way the world was created by our Heavenly Father but we can live an honest, simple life dedicated to your wife, Marisa and the wonderful in such a short life. God has a place for you in his kingdom. Rest In Peace. We will meet again.
Wiggy Wignarajah
Posted by Nickola Johnson on May 2, 2021
I love you so much dad. As I write this with tears in my eyes. You did great things on your time here on earth but God said" hey it,s time to come back" hahhaaa. Fly and run with the angels. I know you are in the best place with all your other friends and family.I will continue to honour you and make you proud in everything I do. Te amo papa.

Your spirit filled daughter
Nicks

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Posted by Iris Leona Marie Cross on June 10, 2021
Yesterday I received the shocking news of Ernest Johnson’s death. Grief overwhelmed me. Ernest’s death opened the floodgates of recall, taking me back to 1974 when we met through mutual friends. 

At the time, Ernest had graduated from Trinity College and was pursuing accountancy qualifications. I had graduated from Bishop Anstey and was working at a medical laboratory with the intention of attending university in Canada. We struck up a beautiful friendship - J’ouvert, cinema, Carnival fetes, scrabble, or just chillaxing. He was an avid reader of novels and disliked eating vegetables.

Ernest was a gentleman in every sense of the word. My mother adored him; all my friends liked him. He was tight with my uncle Tiny who was a hockey coach and Mavericks Mas man. Hockey and Mas ̶ interests Tiny and Ernest shared.

He was a placid human being, always smiling, never angry even after I left for Canada and had not written in four years. When I returned in 1979 we ran into each other on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. I apologized for my lack of correspondence. Ernest was as sweet and understanding as ever. He smiled and said: “I told myself another one bites the dust.”

Ernest was generous, thoughtful, caring and supportive. When I was a newbie driver and my mother refused to risk her life in my car, Ernest offered to be my mentor. A few nights a week he supervised as I drove my new car through Petit Valley, Diego Martin, Maraval and St Ann’s so I could familiarize myself with driving in Trinidad.

Decades later, I now realize that Ernest was one of a kind; a gem, a great guy. I always felt he had the makings of a loving, devoted husband and father. I wasn’t wrong, judging from the tributes I heard at his funeral service. I am glad Ernest got his "happily ever after" – a wife who loved him and whom he deeply loved, and four children who thought the world of their dad. No one deserved more happiness than Ernest Brian Johnson.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his beloved wife, Marissa, and loving children Nickola, Amanda, Tonya and Nathan. May his love give you the strength to carry on without his physical presence.
 
Rest in Peace Ernest. Thanks for the indelible memories.

Posted by Devendra Rajcoomar on June 5, 2021
We were friends at Trinity Junior and we started where we left off when we met again in lodge some 30 odd years ago. A true gentleman and faithful brother ....gone too soon. May God bless his soul and may he enjoy eternal bliss. May God always protect and keep safe his dear family.
Posted by Mica James on May 6, 2021
Much love to you all who live on. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Good memories of liming on the patio chatting. Christmas lunch that one time

May you rest in uncle peace Earnest.
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FOOTBALL FAMILIES

Shared by DOUG and LIZ WALKER on May 4, 2021
Ernie, Marissa and ourselves shared many a heart stopping moment on the touch line watching our girls, Nicola and Bianca, slogging it out on the football field for Team SJC.

Those years have left us with fond memories and are how we want to remember him.

The friendship formed on the football field endures today with Nicola and Bianca 

Ernie knew how sport can be the foundation of everlasting friendships as he experienced the same on the hockey field.

And although he had to leave the game earlier that he deserved to, his time spent on the field of life was more productive and valuable than many lifetimes.

Well played, Ernie.
You are the man of the match

EJ at IBWIL

Shared by Nicole Cumberbatch on May 3, 2021
Memories of IBWIL will forever be in my heart and soul.  Ernest was a very quiet boss.  My first job at 18, my life lesson from Ernest was:. "Mistakes made are ok, because you will learn from it and will never make that same mistake".  I am thankful to have had such a good boss.  May God grant you eternal rest EJ...

Sincerest condolences