Funeral report for the late Ernest Southern (Ernie) The funeral was held on 6th October 2008 for the late Ernest Southern (Ernie) who died 28th September aged 86 years. Ernie was born in Co. Durham on 14th August 1922 to Alfred & May Southern, one of four children having an older brother and sister; Alf (deceased) & Edna and a younger sister Hutty. He was brought up and attended school in Nevilles Cross, Co. Durham. He married Kate Massey in April 1947 at Lach Dennis Parish Church, settling in Lostock Gralam where they remained all their lives. Sadly Ernie was widowed in January 2008. He worked for British Rail as a train driver for 42 years. His interests included his family, reading, Sunderland F.C. and gardening; alpine and rockery plants were his passion. Ernie is survived by his daughter Pat, grandchildren Nicola & Matthew and great grandchildren Isabelle & Scarlet. The funeral service held at Lostock Gralam Parish Church, conducted by the Rev’d Barbara Sharp, was followed by interment in the churchyard. Family flowers were received and donations for St. Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Arrangements George Bell Funeral Service, Northwich.