Baldwin, Ernest B., Sr.

November 26th, 2011
Ernest Benjamin Baldwin, Sr., fondly known as “Ernie” to his family and friends, of Brownfield, ME formerly of Andover, MA and Wilmington, MA died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 24, 2011, he was 71 years old.
Ernie was born on February 4, 1940, at home on West Street in Wilmington, MA; he was the cherished son of the late William Henry Baldwin and Gladys (Martin) Baldwin, originally from Newfoundland.  Ernie was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA.
Ernie was the Co-owner of Baldwin Crane and Equipment, Inc., located on Andover Street in Wilmington, MA, which was founded by his father William Henry Baldwin.  Ernie was a 50-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #4 in Boston.  Ernie was a life-long outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and farming on the family farm in Brownfield, ME.  Ernie enjoyed collecting and restoring antique John Deere tractors.  Ernie’s last project was restoring his father’s 1949 Case tractor.
Ernie met the “love of his life” Shirley Lee Marie Smith; the couple married on September 10, 1960, and soon started their family.  Ernie and Shirley moved to Andover, MA in 1965, raised their family together, and enjoyed being grandparents to nine beautiful grandchildren.
In May of 2002, Ernie and Shirley fulfilled their long-time dream of retiring to “the home of his heart” their family farm in Brownfield, ME.  Ernie was also a man of great faith and became very active in the Kezar Falls Assembly of God Church in Parsonsfield, ME, after he retired.
Ernie is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years Shirley (Smith) Baldwin.  He was the loving father of Deborah L. Baldwin of Plaistow, NH; Linda J. Finlayson and her husband Gary of Andover, MA; Ernest Benjamin Baldwin, Jr. and his wife Tara of Andover; Christina R. Gunn and her husband Sam of Hooksett, NH; devoted “Grampy & Poppy” of Pamelah, Nicholas, Blake, Paige, Whitney, Tatum, Alexa, Addison, Alivia; dear brother of Lionel  Baldwin & his wife June of Gloucester, William Earl Baldwin of Byfield, David Baldwin & his wife Rose of Hamilton, MA & Stuart, FL and Gloria Krzys & her husband Stanley of Londonderry, NH; Ernie is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins galore!
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, November 29th from 2-4 PM & 7-9PM at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA.  A Funeral Service for Ernie will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 2pm at Calvary Temple a/k/a Calvary Christian Church, 47 Grove Street, Lynnfield, MA.
Family & Friends will also gather for visiting hours at the Kezar Falls Assembly of God Church, Route 25, Parsonsfield, ME  04047 on Saturday, December 3, from 10-11 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11.  Interment to follow on the Baldwin Family Farm, Brownfield, ME.  IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS IN ERNIE’S MEMORY MAY BE MADE TO THE KEZAR FALLS ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH, ATTN: NEW CHURCH VAN FUND.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “Baldwin, Ernest B., Sr.”

  1. Bob & Marty says:

    Bob and I have such wonderful memories of growing up with Ernie and his family in Wilmington. Shirley you are in our prayers as God puts his arms around Ernie. He will always be in our hearts.
    Bob & Marty

  2. Tammy (Long) Dupree says:

    Shirley, Debbie, Linda & Ernie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories growing up with your family and remember him as quiet and kind and seldom saw him without a smile. A man who loved his family very much. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and in the days to come. Love you all!

  3. Mary Monahan says:

    Dear Shirley and family, I was so very sad to hear to news of Ernie’s passing. My Dad told me when I was a child that God only takes special people on special days and Ernie was one of those people. I believe our last conversation was about that years ago. I loved Ernie and it was a gift to go to your little piece of Heaven on Earth. Our visits I always cherished. I have missed seeing both him and Shirley, but I have thought of you often. May God’s Angels surround all of you right now and give you comfort knowing that Ernie is in the Loving arms of the Lord looking down at all of you with his great, big, warm, loving, smile in Heaven right now and will be always watching over you. (((((HUGS)))))
    <3 love, Mary Monahan Framingham, MA

  4. Don & Ann Flood says:

    Dear Shirley & Family, So sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing You are in our
    thoughs & prayers Love Don & Ann Flood

  5. john sweezey says:

    To all of the Baldwin Family,I was so sorry to hear the news of Ernies passing on.My sincere condolences and sympathy to all the Family in this time of your loss.I worked with Ernie many times over Forty years on the construction sites,He was a gentleman an a true friend.He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.God bless you all in this time of need. –John Sweezey -N.FT. Myers FL.

  6. M.L.HURT says:

    Very sorry to read of the passing of your dear loved one Ernest. Life is such a percious gift and yet so short-lived for the time we exist. I am writing to share a few words of comfort and encouragement from the source of truth the bible.
    God holds out a wonderful hope for all those in the grave. At John 11:25 Jesus said ” I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE THAT EXERCISES FAITH IN ME, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES, WILL COME TO LIFE.”
    The nine accounts of ones in the bible who were resurrected are a guarantee that the resurrection of others is possible. Mark 5-28-43) What a blessed reason to hope in God!
    With the gift of your memories of Ernest they will bring you great joy. When a loved one becomes a memory that memory turns into a treasure.
    May you and yours lean on Jehovah God for the strength you need at this sad time.(Psalms 83-18)

  7. Donald & Kay Eisenhaur says:

    Shirley, Debbie, Linda, Ernie, Jr. Both Donnie and I were saddened to
    learn of Ernie’s passing. We have many memories when living in
    Andover. Donnie especially recalls the late nights out snowmobiling
    with Ernie on those cold nights. Please know that our thoughts,
    love and prayers are with you all at this difficult time
    Don & Kay Eisenhaur
    Madrid Twp, ME

  8. sherrie baldwin hawkins says:

    To my family I am very sorry for your loss. We will all be reunited some day in heaven. That will be a wonderful reunion. I will keep you in my prayers and close to my heart!


  9. Tom Silveira says:

    Dear Shirley & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. I have such good memories of Ernie and you Shirley, your kindness and friendship you have always shown to me. I cherish those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

    Tom Silveira

  10. Peter and Patti Doucette says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. I was very lucky to have worked for the Baldwin’s for over 30 years. Ernie made me feel like I was part of the family. He was a great guy and will be greatly missed. OUr thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Peter & Patti Doucette

  11. Cheryl Lisby Mcrae says:

    I was so sorry to here about cousin Erine passing. I will never forget the times when Erine & Shirley lived in Wilimgton and the family outings. May God be with you cousin Shirley. With lots of Love your cousin Cheryl Mcrae

  12. Scott Thistle says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time.

    Scott & Ann Marie Thistle

  13. kevin and Vera Wilson says:

    We keep the whole family in our thoughts at this very sad time. The true character of the Baldwin family, though, will pull them through this difficult passing. You are all in our prayers.

    Kevin and Vera Wilson

  14. Ronald C. Kearn says:

    The LORD has called you home this Thanksgiving so that HIS own John Deere’s could get a little T. K. from you. Although we are all sorrowful to see you “pass on”, those of us with the faith all realize that we will all be seeing each other once more at the “Last Trump”. Take care good friend until we meet again.

  15. Susan Korsak says:

    Some of my happiest memories are the summers I spent in Brownfield, ME. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  16. Tara Warren says:

    Just wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Shirley. I didn’t know Ernie very long but he made a huge impression on me. Whenever I saw him he was always smiling and lit up the room when he entered. If I could have chosen a grandpa I would choose someone just like him. I hope that in time your memories will bring a smile to your face instead of tears. God Bless You.

  17. Bob Butler says:

    To the Baldwin Family,
    Please accept our family’s sincerest condolences. Your family has been a blessing wherever you have lived. I will be praying for you all during this time.

    In Christ,
    Bob Butler

  18. Rusty DePasquale says:

    Very sorry for your loss, my father Sal DePasquale and Ernie were good friends and loved hunting together . I have many stories that ive been told over the years. happy to read he got to retire up in maine.
    Rest in peace Ernie.
    Rusty DePasquale

  19. Fred Parker says:

    I am so sorry to here that ernie went to be with the lord,Your whole family gave me so many great memeries its hard to think he’s gone. Ihpoe you all know that no matter how much we miss him ,he’s in a better place,my dad died 5 years ago and it still hurts bad, I will always remember Ernie taking me to get my cdl good times.

    Fred and Debbie parker

  20. Alice Webster Sexton says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Ernie. He was much too young. I have fond memories of playing at the Baldwin farm in Wilmington with Donna D. and Ernie’s sister, Gloria….jumping in the hay and Ernie chasing us. My sympathies to your family.

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