March4, 1944 – June 22, 2016
A Memorial Service for Ernie Bristol will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley at 10:00 a.m. followed by a private burial.
Ernie was born in El Centro and raised in Imperial. Upon graduation from high school he attended IVC until he was drafted into the Army in 1965. After his discharge in 1967 he used the GI Bill to attend college at SDSU. It was while there that he met his wife Becky. They were married in 1970 and moved to Brawley.
He continued his studies in education at SDSU Calexico campus and was the first one in his family to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He started his teaching career as a kindergarten teacher, much to the surprise of those who knew him and his boyhood antics.
He then went on to also teach first and third grades. As a teacher he became involved in the teachers’ union and held several offices including treasurer, vice-president and president. It was through his effort and determination while treasurer that the Uniserv building was constructed; upon his retirement from teaching in 2000 he was hired as a California Teachers Association Executive Director at Imperial County Teachers Uniserv and worked in that capacity until he retired in 2010.
As a director he worked with many educators in the various school districts in Imperial County. Even after retiring he worked an emeritus continuing to mentor his fellow educators. Some of his favorite pastimes were rock hounding, traveling, raising birds, and singing in the Sacred Heart Choir with his beautiful bass voice.
Ernie is preceded in death by his parents Ernest and On a Bristow, and his brothers, Mardis, Claudis, Durwood and Curtis Doyle.
He leaves behind Becky, his wife of 46 years, daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Jeff Hoskins, son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Emily Bristow, grandchildren, Elizabeth and Seth Hoskins and Dominic and Abigail Bristow, sister Neva Hart, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flower the family requests that donations be made to a fund through Imperial County Teachers Uniserv Scholarship for students attending college or to the Imperial Valley Food Bank.