For those of you missing earnest recently, his family posted this status to his Facebook page on 10/27/2011.
"Our much loved father/Grandfather Ernest John Langmaid passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep sometime last night. He was in his own bed, at home with 5 of his grandchildren and his daughter Yvette. Sons Gavin and Hugo and ex-wife Irene arrived first thing, along with partners Lisa and Sarah, and grandson Nicholas on his way. Family have all pulled together at this time and wish to notify as many of Dad's mates and extended family as possible."
I know that he was a much loved presence here on HubPages, as well as a prolific and successful Hubber. Ernest and I rarely agreed on anything to do with religion, but we disagreed with love and a great deal of good feeling, and we always agreed that love and good feeling were what mattered most!
He was a good man and will be greatly missed.
OMGoodness! Thank you for posting this! Earnest was a great hubber and stand up chap. I will miss him here on the forums. May the flying spaghetti monster feed him not but the finest of noodles with a nice red wine to compliment the divine pasta sauce. Eat a bite for me Earn!
Someone brought the LIMERICKS LIMERICKS LIMERICKS forum back up from 2 years ago. I don't know if it was intentional or not but there is a limerick from Earnest in there and he says "It reminded me that I'm not dead." It's about number 11-12 down in the posts.
Gosh how shocking!! I had many a conversation with him. What a snap into reality from this virtual world we inhabit. I didn't agree with him on much, but there was a sweetness there and I felt I knew him a little. How strange Hubpages will be without him. How sad. But I'm glad it was a peaceful death,
Thank you for letting us know. I had no idea he had passed. I left a message on Facebook. Godspeed Ernest!
I'm just now hearing this sad news. He will be missed. My thoughts go to his family.
Damn, how briefly our candle burns.
Good Bye Ernest,
may the next journey be easy, warm and bright.
There was a thread a couple of years ago on how we'd know if a favorite hubber passed away. The general consensus was a hope that the family would notify another hubber close to the deceased who could then post a notice to HP. That we had to learn of Earnest's demise so long after the fact should be a reminder to those of us who live mainly online to leave instructions for non-cyber family members on how to make such notifications.
That said, I'm still in shock that a hubber as beloved as Earnest...such a bright spot in these pages...could really be gone. I'd been wondering why he hadn't been around lately, but only thought illness or family responsibilities was keeping him away. I never considered death could be the reason. He WILL be sorely missed. My heart goes out to his family for their loss.
Thanks for posting this, Mo. The funeral was on Nov. 4. Wish I had known about it. I would have sent a card or flowers. Those grandkids are sure going to miss him in their lives!
The noodly appendage has pulled you into the loving embrace of cosmic being.
I always felt close to Earnest because he was a fellow Aussie, an all around good guy and I knew his part of Australia well. I knew he'd had cancer (and had the impression it was still lurking) so perhaps this shouldn't come as a shock, but it is.
He will be missed, but at least he made the most of life while he had it.
For thine is the cannelloni
The papardelle and the glory
For ever and ever
Really sorry to hear this news. Hope his family are OK.
I'm saddened to hear this. Thanks for the picture, Ron. It brought tears even though I only knew Earnest through HP.
Write back if you can, Earn.
Wow! What a shock for all of us! Earnest was the first to welcome me here and to comment on my hubs. I can't believe we are just finding this out a month and a half after his death. He will be sorely missed here.
Rest peacefully old mate.
Is it wrong to hope that he was wrong and is now sitting on a cloud somewhere with a Foster's and a hot woman?
I don't think that would be inconsistent with his beliefs, or non-beliefs
I think the outcome could be similar even if he was right!
I think he'd be glad to know we were wishing him well!
I and many others will sorely miss Earnest in these forums - his posts were not only informative, but fun. RIP, Earnest, you will be remembered.
I'm going to go enjoy a Fosters and a hot woman. Earnest would have wanted it that way.
Hell, I might too... just in case he IS watching.
Swap that Fosters for a Victoria Bitter, that is what Earnest would suggest. Plus, that bloody Fosters garbage has been English owned for about 20 years now
My condolences to his family and to his many comrades here on Hub Pages. Life is so short and precious. We are honored to have known him for the short time here on this virtual family.
Oh no! I'm stunned. Motown2Chitown, I hope you can pass on condolences to his family on behalf of those of us who weren't friends with him on Facebook. I didn't interact with him as much as some of you, on account of (mostly) trying to avoid the religion forums, but I always enjoyed reading his posts and regarded him as one of the treasures of the HubPages community thanks to his wit, wisdom, and good heartedness. He will be sorely, sorely missed.
I enjoyed reading what Earnest had to say and I know many others have, too. Here's to his family knowing what a thinker he was and how many of us were reading. May he rest in peace.
I can see I haven't been on the forums for a while, this is the first I have heard of his passing. He will be missed. His wit and wisdom were something I really enjoyed. I really can picture him on a cloud somewhere looking down at the world.
OMG! I am so saddened. He was a wonderful hubber friend. My heart aches, another person I adored. You will be missed dearly Earnest and may God hold you in his arms. With love and sympathy to his family at this time. We love you Earnest.
I'm adding my sadness to the pile. I haven't been here as much as I used to be, but considered him a hub-friend, for sure.
Oh NOOOO. I am literally sick to my stomach right now. I had so many fun times on HP with him... so many laughs and emails back and forth. I am devastated, absolutely devastated to hear this. I was just wondering where he was a few days ago. I'm truly in utter shock.
He was a lovely, lovely man.
Rest in peace...
I am in shock. Sad to hear about this. I've always liked Ernest and I always looked forward to his comments in the forums. He was a good man and it's pretty obvious he loved / loves his family very much (especially his grandchildren).
Goodbye Ernest. We will miss you.
Omg, are you serious? it seems like only yesterday that I last talked to him. Well, he'll definitely be missed here on hubpages, as I don't think you could've found more of a class act than he was. May he rest in peace, and I hope his family and closest friends are handling this okay. Truly sad that hubpages loses arguably not only one of the best writers we ever had here, but one of the best people in general here as well, as there will truly never be another one like him.
Earnest was one of the few here who would speak his mind despite the bans he incurred doing so. In fact, I thought he was merely serving another of the silly "times out" some of us incur here at HP. Too bad we don't have a way to find out these sad events in a more timely manner.
He was always teasing me about coming to GA to eat some of my cooking. Wish I had mailed him some cookies or something.
Peace Earnest and I hope your family finds peace....
This is the most awful news I have heard in a long time. Earnest has always been a wonderful person, friend and fellow Hubber. This just doesn't seem real. He will be so sadly missed, and will also be a great loss as both a hubber and a friend to so many here.
I was his friend on Facebook but never saw this. The changes make me miss so much.
I really will miss talking to him and enjoying his humour.
I think this was his last post:
http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/82621?p … ost1837962
oh my, how very sad. He was such a presence here. I'm sure he was wherever he went.
It's good to know he had devoted so much of his time to his grandchildren. He always spoke of them and how much they meant to him. It's really hard to believe he is gone..
May he rest in great peace and may his family be comforted in this time of loss.
I can't believe this. Earnest was one of the reasons I stayed here when I got discouraged and wanted to quit. I always joked with him that I would move to Australia and marry him one day! I know that he didn't believe in heaven, but I do and know he's surrounded by a field of classic cars he can work on at his leisure and tons of kids because he loved them so much. Now I think I need to go have a little cry.
I only hope he has now found out that he was wrong and there was somewhere good to go after this plane of existence (assuming there is). I for one hope to 'meet' him again one day in the future, even if he didn't believe in God or a life after death during his life. He was a great man and a top bloke who deserves a place in Heaven.
Only those who are dissatisfied with their earthly lives look for better things after death. I think Earnest was okay with his life. Don't second guess his wishes, they were his alone.
I disagree Randy, but this is not the place to go into greater discussion on this, suffice to say I am not attempting to 'second guess his wishes', especially as he never said he 'wished' there was nothing afterwards, only that he didn't believe there was.
Yeah, it's really not right not to respect someone's beliefs and wishes about their death. My father specifically said he wanted no religion involved with his death, but a jackass friend just had to stand up and make a speech that my father would have hated. That was completely inconsiderate and it made me angry, I wouldn't go to that guys funeral and stand up to remind everyone that he was a deluded fool.
Maybe Earnest wouldn't care, but those with religious agendas should really take them somewhere else,
I'm really really sorry to hear this, and if anyone here knows how to contact his family, tell them his extended hub family miss him too. Gone but not forgotten.
Can't believe Earnest won't be around anymore! He was very active here in the forums - a lovely person, humorous, never afraid to speak his mind!! You'd be really missed, Earnest. Rest in peace my dear friend!!
Very sad to read this. I thought he brought a thoughtful (if sometimes fiery) presence here. I'll miss him.
It's a sad loss for HubPages. He was a popular person on here who was respected by many people, including myself.
This is really sad... you will surely be missed here Earnest.. May your soul rest in peace.
I'm really shocked to hear this. Does anyone know if he had been ill or had any other problems? His last post was 6 weeks ago.
I know he had reported being taken to the hospital not long ago, but I don't know if his death was related to this incident or not. I don't believe his health was good, though.
He suffered from chronic pain, but it wasn't life threatening.
Seems like I remember that......
His work will remain, though. Forever locked in cyber-world.
Very sad! Just heard about his passing on Facebook. I have fond memories of Earnesthub, and he always had thoughtful comments to share. Wishing his family the best.
Just to follow up with Earnest's last words here on HubPages.
"Like I said, crazy talk.
During my 3 years of faith my perception was just as bad as yours is now."
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
I prefer this quote:
"As a grandfather I can sit back and watch the inventive ways they put food in anything including stuffing it in their pockets and just enjoy it!
The older twin found a new way to show a plate empty of a vegetable she didn't like.
She stuffed them down her trousers stood up and said very politely. "Granpa may I be excused from the table?"
then went to the bathroom and emptied the vegies in the bin while pretending to need the toilet."
or this one:
"I just finished making breakfast for three little ones, so I am still smiling inwardly from the funny things they said.
Little people make me smile. "
That is so AWESOME! That's one of the things I respected most about him, his total love and devotion to his family and grandchildren. I once asked if he'd be my kids' surrogate Papa..., of course he said "yes." Too bad Australia is just a wee bit far from the U.S. His family was very lucky to have him, as were we all. He had so many funny stories involving his twin granddaughters, someone should compile them all for a tribute.
Of course! Earnest was never one to deny the pleasure of observing those carrying his own unique genes. So there is indeed life after death for Earnest.
I remember he once told me he had a near death experience... can't remember the circumstances, but I THINK he had Cancer... I wonder if he had a relapse of some sort.
We saw eye to eye on religious views. I told him to come visit me if we were both wrong.
I can't stop thinking about how much I just want him to suddenly pop into this conversation.
Me too, I am not a Bible follower and hate being preached at, but I do believe in something 'after' this life. I do have reasons for this, but again I won't get into it here. The one thing I do believe, is that whether we believe in 'something after' or we adamantly don't believe, no-one knows for sure until they die. I feel like you, I want him to pop into this conversation too, (or come visit you or me, or anyone here for that matter).
I know you can't help it, but really try to think about this:
Suppose I came into a gathering where your friends were remembering you and someone said "She's in a better place" and I responded "What, rotting in the ground?"
I wouldn't do that. That would be terribly rude and worse. I'd be angry if anyone did that, It's a time where you respect people's lives.
Why can religious people never understand that they are being rude when they come into an atheists remembrance and blabber about religion? When?
Oh, never mind. I'll miss him. Funny, he's the first on-line friend who has died - at least that I know of.
This is shocking news to me...He was one of most rational thinkers ...He would be surely missed....
As I think I heard earlier,
and how I feel too, is,
that no matter what differences in belief systems or what have you,
we can love one another, despite our differences and that shows when this happens.
I didn't 'know' EarnestHub very well, but everything I picked up about him on here said he was a good guy, one of the best.
He did talk about some of his serious illnesses, and I'm stunned from this very sad news. I was hoping to meet up with him in Canada
Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. For me he held the record for belly laughs on the hub. No matter what kind of person you are or what kind of group you belong to. So many people could not help themselves to like him or to love him.
Proud to have known Earnest in the very short time of conversation together
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