July 23, 1938 ~ December 16, 2020
Ernest A. Obrig, 82, of Guilford, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2020, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne Burchell Obrig for 60 years. He was the dear father of Karin A. Kearns, of Sandwich, MA., and proud Pop Pop of Connor M. Kearns, Hyannis, MA.
Ernie was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 23, 1938. The son of the late Ernest A. and Catherine Petty Obrig, he was predeceased by his sister Petty Sue Schwab, of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is survived by his nephew Scott Hiltsley and his family also of Florida.
He was a very proud American who served his country honorably in the United States Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. Ernie retired in 2000, after a 38 year successful career with the Olin Corp. He was greatly respected and loved by his many friends. His sense of humor and desire to help those in need endeared him to many who knew him.
A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 ; http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org