Ernest Larrat, 89, of Mahwah formerly of Ramsey for over 50 years on April 18, 2021. Born October 22, 1931 in Paterson NJ. Predeceased by his parents Ernest Larrat and Marguerite Rapillard and his loving wife and best friend Carol Penson Larrat in 2003.
Survived by his four children and their spouses Paul Larrat (Amey) of Saunderstown, RI, Meg Minassian (Don) of Mahwah, NJ, Aimee Hein (Ron) of Tranquility, NJ and Ed Larrat (Marci) of Tooele, Utah. Also survived by his beloved grandchildren Kenny Minassian (Grace), Danny Minassian, Meghan Larrat (Matt), Kevin Minassian (Julienne), Eric Larrat, Rebecca Carvalho (Derek), Kati Hein, Jackson and Bronson Larrat and his cherished great grandchildren; Gabriella, Carson and Owen.
Ernie grew up in West Haverstraw NY, and was a graduate of SUNY Utica, as well he received his BS degree in chemistry and dyeing from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences in 1954. Ernie worked for Rohm & Haas for 38 years primarily in technical sales and marketing. It was there that he met, fell in love and married in 1958 his lab partner Carol Penson Larrat.
Following his retirement, he and Carol enjoyed many years of extensive world travel with friends and family making many new friends along the way.
Known as a consummate volunteer, as a long time Ramsey resident he served on multiple Township Boards, was a member of Ramsey Office of Emergency Management until his passing, coached Ramsey Rec baseball and softball teams, and along with his wife started Ramsey’s town wide recycling. In recognition of his volunteer service to the residents of Ramsey, Ernie was named the Grand Marshall of Ramsey’s Centennial parade.
Ernie was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Ramsey for over 56 years serving on many major committees, as a Eucharistic Minister and lecturer. He was an active member of the Patrick F. Pindar Council #3962, Ramsey Knights of Columbus and a 4th degree Knight of the Joseph F. Lamb Assembly #665.
Ernie was a registered member of Boy Scouts for 78 years where he served as Committee Chairman for Cub Scout Pack 306. In 1968, he joined Troop 31 where he served as a leader in various capacities and most recently as the Troop’s historian. Ernie enjoyed high adventure trips with the Troop 31 where he logged over 1000 miles of white water canoeing. The Boy Scouts recognized Ernie’s exemplary contributions by bestowing the highest award for an adult leader the Silver Beaver Award.
Ernie also served as a volunteer at Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Hope for Children Research Foundation and Immaculate Heart Academy where he and his wife where named to the Hall of Fame.
Ernie, “Mr. Social”, enjoyed golf, playing cards, attending his grandchildren’s activities and the friendships of his 106 Club. Ernie’s ever present smile, his laughter and kindness will be missed by countless friends and family but his legacy will continue through them.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hope for Children Research Foundation, 700D Lake Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446, a charity near and dear to Ernie’s heart which supports children’s neurological and cancer research. www.hopeforchildrenresearch.org.
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