Ernest Fulton Cave Sr., 89, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his home in Sarasota, Fla., where he lived with his son and daughter-in-law.
He was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Warwick, R.I.
Ernest grew up in Warwick, along with four brothers and two sisters. He was a veteran of World War II. Ernest served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 459th Bomb Group, 757th Bombardment Squadron, from 1942 to 1945. His overseas duty was flying bomber missions as an aerial engineer/waist gunner over Germany from a base in Puglia, Italy. He also served as a Drill Sergeant in St Petersburg, Fla. Ernest moved to Englewood, Fla., in 1964, and worked in home construction in Englewood, then bridge building all over Florida.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Jones Palmer of Boulder, Colo., and Gail A. Vasbinder of Cohutta, Ga.; his son, Ernest Cave Jr. of Sarasota: seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor L. (nee Mayor) Cave.
Services will be graveside only at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Senior Friendship Center of Sarasota, where Ernest enjoyed spending his time with friends; contact the Charitable Giving Administrator at 941-556-3253.