Ernest D Couture Jr., age 86, of Avila Beach, California, passed away surrounded by family on July 4, 2020. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on April 20, 1934 to Ernest D Couture and Eileen (Limoges) Couture Bunn; in 1948 his family relocated to San Diego, California. He graduated from La Jolla High, and later went on to receive his Master's from the University of Nebraska. He is survived by his wife Joan and his children Tim (Carmie) of Sunnyvale, CA, Tom of Redlands, CA, and Tina of Avila Beach, CA; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mona Riffel (Art) of El Cajon, CA, and his youngest sister Paulette Couture of Sparks, NV. He is preceded in death by his bother Ron Couture who passed in 2009, and his sister Carol Leonard who passed in 2019.
Ernie joined the Air Force when he was 18 years old and was stationed in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada in 1953. In 1954, he married Joan Schumph from Kippens, Newfoundland and together they began a life traveling around the world.
They lived in: San Diego, California; Naples, Italy; Tacoma, Washington; Petersburg, Virginia; Bellevue, Nebraska; Ankara, Turkey; Kippens, Newfoundland; Dayton, Ohio; Brussels, Belgium; and, Los Altos California for over 30 years. He retired from the Air Force and returned to Newfoundland in 1972; where he proudly built his own house with his two sons and a lot of help from his brother-in-law Ray Schumph. In 1975, he moved to Los Altos and worked in marketing for technology companies; retiring from NCR in 1989.
Dad loved world history and made many trips to historical places while living abroad. In the early 1960s, while living in Italy, he bought a VW Camper Van and traveled all through Europe with his young family. He was a long-time season ticket holder for the San Francisco 49ers, loved the SF Giants, and was a devoted member of the "Lunch Bunch" (all his buddies who loved sports too).
God decided it was time for Dad to join Him in Heaven; we are sure he was first greeted by his Mom, Dad has a gentle soul just like hers.