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Updated: 04/20/2014 08:00:01AM

Ernest Wharton

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Ernest “Ernie” Wharton, 63, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

He was born Dec. 31, 1950, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only child of Ruth Ash and Edward Wharton.

Ernie served in the U.S. Army, then in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was the owner/operator of G&W Service and G&W A/C in Mount Holly, N.J. He moved to Punta Gorda in 1988, and continued to work as a A/C technician, until he opened his own business in 2002, called ES Sporting. He was a member of the Elks, the Moose, the American Legion and the NRA. Ernie will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was simple man who enjoyed helping family and friends with their air-conditioning work, including Phil’s 41, the Elks and the Humane Society.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Sandra “Sandy”; daughter, Tara Wharton-Price; sons, Matthew Wharton and Jonathan (Anne) Wharton; and grandchildren, Quentin, Madison, Justin and Alexander.

A memorial service to celebrate Ernie’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Bill Klossner officiating. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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