Earnest Bristow


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Earnest Bristow

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.


  1. Errnie will be missed. I had the privilege to know him working with him at CTA state council and as a CTA ICOE president . He was a knowledgeable caring educator and a good father. I also taught his daughter Andy in a college success class at BUHS.
    My condolences and prayers to his family . His spirit will live on thru them .

  2. Ernie was an incredibly intelligent and caring man who sacrificed so much to help others including me and my family. We will never forget him or his wonderful heart and sense of humor. May he rest in peace with our Lord.

  3. Ernie is the reason why I became involved in Union work. Before any decision is made I always think- what would Ernie do or say. He will be greatly missed, but will live on in my fond memories of him. Rest in a paradise my dear friend.

  4. Mr. Bristow taught all six of my children. He made learning fun and was an enormous influence in their young lives. Our entire family remembers him fondly and sends our prayers to his family.

  5. Ernie was a truly colorful individual. We have lost a shining star. He will be missed and remembered fondly. Rest in peace my friend!

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