- September 19, 1930 - February 8, 2017
- Holyoke, Massachusetts
of Ernest's Passing
- Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Ernie to:
Shriners Hospital for Children
516 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Agawam Lions Club
PO Box 52
Agawam, MA 01001
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“A true blue Holyoker . I have known Ernie for many years and found him to be a fun and interesting guy . I will miss having a coffee and debating...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Paul Abel - Palm Harbor, FL
“Earnest was a good friend when I needed one many years ago and I will always treasure his wisdom and kindheartedness.
2 of 29 | Posted by: Dr. David Jones - Cordes Lakes, AZ
“My deepest sympathies. My memories of visiting Holyoke Sporting Goods as a child are vivid. Whether I was looking for a baseball glove, softballs,...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Jeff Epstein
“I'm sorry for you loss. I often saw him outside Stop & Shop receiving donations for the Shriners and always interested in engaging in conversation....Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: A friend
“Betsy,Steve and family so sad to hear of the passing of Ernie i hold alot of fond memories of encounters with him may God comfort you and yours at...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: BOB BOYDSTON - CHICOPEE, MA
“Im sorry to hear the news on Ernie's passing. He was a great person and loved to laugh. I had great times working with Ernie at Holyoke Sporting...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Bill McDonough - Westwood, MA
“My father was Arthur Brunault from Smith Street in South Hadley Falls. I remember Uncle Ernest, stopping by to visit my mom, Hazel and dad and we...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Ruth (Sis) (Brunault) Hill - MA
“Beverly and David Ladizki express theirsincere sympathy on your loss. He was a great guy.
8 of 29 | Posted by: A friend
“Betsey Steve and family i am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie i have many fond memories of our times together with other members fo the HYFL...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: BOB BOYDSTON - CHICOPEE, MA
“Bruce & BetsySo sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bev&Bob Wilson.
10 of 29 | Posted by: A friend
“My condolences to the family, I remember so fondly going to "Ernie's" as a youngster, a wonderful shopping experience, a wonderful guy.
11 of 29 | Posted by: Kathy Sleboda - Millsboro, DE
“Attorney Brunault, I am sorry to hear of your brother's passing. I am grateful for his loyalty to Holyoke Community College. I will hold the image of...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Joanna Brown, retired director of aluimni relations, HCC - MA
“Harold: Sorry for your great loss. Knew Ernie from high school and he always was friendly, interesting and funny! Even when we differed on prices!...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: A friend
“Sorry to hear of Ernie's passing, seems like not too long ago I saw him collecting for Shriners outside K Mart and had a nice "remember when" talk....Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Charlie Bluemer - Holyoke, MA
“Harry and Brunault FamilySorry to read of Ernie's passing. He was a true Holyoke personality. H Sporting Goods and Ernie's involvement in...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: george counter - thomaston, CT
“Sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. He always put a smile on my face. So generous with his time and service to many causes. I'm in...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Haradon - Holyoke, MA
“Mary, Betsy, and FamilySo sorry about your dad's passing. He was a great guy. We have many good memories of him and the Holyoke chapter of UCT.
17 of 29 | Posted by: Theo & Mike Glickman - FL
“I wouldn't be the person I am if not for Mr. Brunault sponsoring my little league team way back in the 60s. I delivered the Transcript to the store...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Bob Mill - Palmer, AK
“My Sports Guru as a kid growing up in Holyoke. Saddened at his passing.
19 of 29 | Posted by: John Delaney - Atlanta, GA
“I am sorry to hear of his passing. My true condolences to the family
20 of 29 | Posted by: Mark Naidorf - Holyoke, MA
“To the entire Brunault Family please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Ernie. Just meeting and knowing him add so much to all our...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Bernie Fritsch - Springfield
“My sympathies to the Brunault Family during this difficult time.
22 of 29 | Posted by: Ann Marie Carvalho - Holyoke, MA
“Betsy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was "classic" Holyoke. I always enjoyed our conversations and debates. He will be missed.
23 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Morneau - Marietta, GA
“betsy sorry for your lost .my prayers will be with you. we enjoyed him when he came two the barber shop.take care love betty don ron
24 of 29 | Posted by: betty murphy - edgewater, FL
“So sorry to hear of Uncle Ernies passing. Mark & Debbie (Brunault) Rosienski
25 of 29 | Posted by: Debbie Rosienski - Colrain, MA
“our thoughts & prayers to all of you!
26 of 29 | Posted by: Bob & Darlene Desrosiers
“Betsy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time, Your Dad was a wonderful person!! I will always remember...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Ruell - Chicopee, MA
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. St. Stanislaus Athletic Association
28 of 29 | Posted by: A friend
“My deepest sympathy, he will be missed. Regards
29 of 29 | Posted by: John Busby Sr - Wasilla, AK
Ernest W. Brunault, Jr., 86, of Holyoke passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Ernest W. and Veronica (Barut) Brunault, Sr., was a graduate of Holyoke High School Class of 1948, and Holyoke Community College in 1950 where he received his Associate's Degree in Accounting. Ernie was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and was a retired 42 year proprietor of Holyoke Sporting Goods. Active in many local sports leagues, he was one of the founders of the Holyoke Youth Football League and was honored as Parade Marshal for the Holyoke Youth Baseball League Jamboree in 1981. Ernie was an incorporator of the Volleyball Hall of Fame while a member of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. He was named Alumnus of the Year for Holyoke Community College in 1988. A longtime member of the Melha Shriner's Organization, he was past Commander of the Shriner's Flyers Unit and Mariners Unit. He also belonged to the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, #902, Agawam Lions Club, American Legion Post 325, and the Mt. Tom Masonic Lodge. Ernie was an active member and past President of the Beavers Club of Hampshire and Hampden Counties and a fifty year member of the Holyoke Knights of Columbus Council 90. Ernie was a member of the United Commercial Travelers of America, serving as Past Grand Councilor of New England. He has been an active communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church since 1955. Ernie was the widower of Theresa (Lanucha) Brunault, who died in 1998. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Cochran and her husband Stephen of Agawam and Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Frey and her husband Bruce of Holyoke. His grandchildren William and Stephanie Cochran a brother, Attorney Harold Brunault and his wife Paula of Holyoke, and several nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Besides his parents Ernie was predeceased by a sister, Anita L. Busby. Ernie was an avid bowler, loved to play cards and travel with his wife. His part time job in retirement was collecting for the Shriners. Ernie was a very generous person donating his time and resources to many organizations and his family. He was a true 'Holyoker' always giving back to his community. The Funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton. Calling hours will be held Monday, February 13th from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ernie to the Shriners Hospital Springfield and the Agawam Lions Club.