Ernie Childs - Artist, Sculptor, Mentor, Story-teller.
Ernie Childs - Artist, Sculptor, Mentor, Story-teller.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of dear Ernie
on Tuesday the 10th September 2019. 
Karen and the family have asked me to come here and make you aware.
Ernie's funeral will take place at 1pm on Friday the 18th October
at the Minster Church of St Nicholas,
Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. 
 A Book Of Condolence has been opened by the family
and it is located in the Minster, to the left, inside the south door,
beneath Ernie's painting 
which depicts the presentation of King John's Charter. 
Dear Ernie will be sadly missed and fondly remembered
by all those whose path he crossed and whose life he touched.
Rest In Peace, my dear and faithful friend.
With love, and heartfelt condolences to Karen and all the family. Roy xx
Tuesday and Wednesday Art Classes remain open for the foreseeable future
at the request of all Ernie's students.
However, no further bookings will be taken for Potter's Wheel Sessions.
Ernie had, in recent days, put the finishing touches to a book he was authoring.
It features photographs of a large selection of his paintings,
complete with descriptions and anecdotes on each one.
It was to be the first in a series,
entitled "Ernie Childs - My Thoughts On Canvas"
and concentrates on his landscape-shaped canvases,
with portrait-shaped canvases intended to be featured in the next edition of the series.
The family have decided to honour Ernie's memory with the book,
as a perpetual tribute to him, and will be continuing with his plan to publish.
If you are interested and would like
to receive further information as it becomes available,
please contact Karen at the usual email address:
and you will be kept up-to-date.
Thank you. Roy.
Karen has also asked me to share with you
the inspirational and motivational poem
If ... by Rudyard Kipling.
It has special and personal significance within the family.
'If...'  by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, 

If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
And treat those two impostors just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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