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Ernest Wheeler


Ernest Gilbert Wheeler, Jr. age 82, resident of Wayne passed on Thursday July 13, 2017.

He started his life on December 24th, 1934 in New York City born to Ernest Gilbert, Sr. & Catherine Wheeler. Ernest graduated in 1952 from Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan. After high school he served in the U.S. Army for four years. Once he returned home he met Catherine Hall, they were married April 29, 1967 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brooklyn, NY. Once the family started growing they decided to leave the city and make a home in Wayne, NJ where they spent the last 42 years

Ernie started working in the Theater district in NYC at the age of 16 and was initiated into the Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union (Local 741) in 1957 and retired from Local 741 43 years later. He loved the theatre and all live performances from the opera house to lectures at college campuses. Ernie had a passion for collecting coins, airmail covers, stamps and casino memorabilia. He enjoyed his regular trips to Atlantic City and going to swap meets looking for his next treasure of casino history.

Ernest is a widower to Catherine Wheeler (Hall) and is preceded by his brother James Wheeler. Survived by his five children Jennifer Duncan, William Wheeler, Michael Wheeler, Veronica Wheeler and Edward Wheeler and four beautiful grandchildren, Seraphine Wheeler, Johnathan Wheeler, Amelia Duncan and Logan Wheeler.

He was a history buff and loved traveling to historic places and learning about history, his travels took him all through Europe, and he and his wife enjoyed many trips as well.

Ernest was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and recently joined the Golden Age Circle in Wayne and looked forward to his weekly get-together with friends.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, Wayne, where at 10 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernie’s memory would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, or visit

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Veronica John and I were very sorry to hear about our Dad. Our condolences to you and your family. Nancie Walker & John Fairclough



I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Wheeler's death. Please accept my condolences. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Rizzo


Veronica, I was very sorry to learn about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Margaret Ruccio


On behalf of all of the members of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne I would like to extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. He attended most all of our meetings and just recently enjoyed dancing with us at a Brownstone affair. He will be missed.

Terry Rossi, Corresponding Secretary of GACW

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