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Ernest F. Mear
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Mr. Ernest F. Mear, 85, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Ernest was born in Rome, NY on August 27, 1931, a son of the late Glen and Jessie (Bryan) Mear. He was a graduate of Rome High School, and continued his education at Utica College, and many colleges all over the country, where he studied Agriculture.

Mr. Mear served in the Air Force from 1950 until 1954; where he was involved in intelligence gathering in Japan and Korea, and honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. On September 10, 1955, Ernest married the former Carmellina Cardillo. Ernestís career spanned thirty-five years as an Inspector with the US Dept. of Agriculture throughout Central and Northern NY, first for Oneida County, then NYS, and finally at the Federal level from which he retired.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Carmellina; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith Ann and Robert Condella, of VA Beach; a son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Cynthia Mear, of Utica; grandson, Glen Mear; step-grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Trisha, and Nikita; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Victor and Mary (Utter) Cardillo; and also many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Cottman, and nephew, Jefferey Cottman.

Ernestís family honored him privately with interment in Calvary Cemetery.

For those wishing and in memory of Ernest, please consider donations to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, in honor of the compassionate care given to him during his illness.

Arrangements are with Matt Funeral Home, Utica.
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I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, my friend. Ernie was a great person and a superb mentor to me when I was hired by the USDA . I hope you have all the strength to cope up with the loss.

Written by Fred Greer
2017-02-01 12:24:00 PM

I am so sorry to hear the loss of Ernie. He was our USDA inspector for over 10 years at Delft Blue. He was a fair and compassionate man. My sincere condolences to his family. Deepest regards Jon Gorea

Written by Jon Gorea
2017-02-01 1:59:30 PM

My Heart and Prayers go out to the Ernie Mears family. Ernie was a great Mentor to me. When I was a new Inspector he took me under his wing and made me the Inspector I am now. He will be greatly missed by all the USDA lives he touch.

Written by John R. Carroll
2017-02-01 2:21:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Mr.Mear's family & friends sorry to hear of his passing. I worked with him for 24 years in the meat industry. He was a good friend,I always enjoyed our conversations he always had something interesting to say. God Bless You Ernie..

Written by Finley Beaton
2017-02-01 4:25:59 PM

My deepest sympathy for the Mear family .Great man worked with him for 10 years. he always talked about his kids and grandchildren how he was proud of them. Enjoyed the time I worked with the man.

Written by Angel Ortega
2017-02-01 4:43:20 PM

Sorry to hear about the passing of my neighbor. Newspaper was very late this did not know until later. He was a good man and will be missed by the two legged and four legged friends.

Written by Joyce Knight
2017-02-02 12:42:56 AM

To the Mear family, I was very sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. Ernie and I crossed paths during my first few years and his last few years in the USDA. I enjoyed working with him and I loved to hear all the stories he cultivated from his years as an inspector. He taught me a lot about the practicalities of inspection. Ernie spoke often of his family and his beloved cats. I sensed he was very proud of you all and I could tell he loved you very much! I am sure you will really miss him. I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers.

Written by Jill Bullis
2017-02-02 1:49:07 AM

It is never easy to lose someone that you love. You have our deepest sympathy. While we may not see each other often the connections are still there and we care about you and your family. With our sympathy, John and Arlene Cordsen and family

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