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Ernest Silvio Spignardo

Ernest Silvio Spignardo
  • July 29, 1945 - February 19, 2018
  • Daniel Island, South Carolina
  • Memorials in Ernie's name may be made to
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
  • Memorials in Ernie's name may be made to
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation
    P.O. Box 4777
    New York, NY 10163-4777

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“So sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you Diane and your entire family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.Patty and Greg...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Patty Taegder - Montgomery, NY

“My deepest condolences to the family of Ernie....I met Ernie through a mutual friend and Cancer patient, Eileen Falina...Eileen was helping me...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Annie Cannon - Walden, NY

“Diane, there are no words at a time like this but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Ernie was the best co-worker and...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Angela Boone - Sugar Loaf, NY

“To the Dearest Spignardo Family:Ernie was a great model as a therapist; He always used humor to deal with both my clients and my intensity....Steve...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Beth Marks - Rock Tavern, NY

“Dear Diane and Family,We are so sorry to hear of Ernie's passing - so hard to believe. He fought the good fight and gave courage to those he touched...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Maloney - Newburgh, NY

“Dear Diane and family, I was so sad to read about Ernie's passing.The photo you posted is exactly how I remember him from the 1980's when I worked...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Bove - NY - Coworker

“My deepest sympathy to the Spignardo family ”
7 of 35 | Posted by: bonita terracina salvo - TX

“So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences. ”
8 of 35 | Posted by: Ralph and Judy Ditrocchio - NY

“I am so sorry to read about Ernie's passing. We attended JMHCA meetings in Orange County in the 1980s. I recall his enthusiasm and upbeat attitude...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Carole Hunt - Cornwall on Hudson, NY

“Diane, We are so sorry to read of your loss of Ernie. Thinking of you and your family. I was looking through pictures last week and saw the...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Ed & Margaret Williams - NY

“Diane, We are so sorry to read of your loss of Ernie. Thinking of you and your family. I was looking through pictures last week and saw the...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Ed & Margaret Williams - NY

“Diane, I am so sorry to hear about Ernie's passing. I only met him a couple of times. I remember him as a guy who always had a smile on his face. My...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Barry - Newburgh, NY

“Sadly, we have lost a great guy. I shared many a laugh and story with Ernie when we worked together at Heritage. His advice, recommendations and...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Joseph Raiti - Rock Tavern, NY

“Diane. My heart is heavy at the news of Ernie's death. I know he's been fighting this battle for a long time. I'm sad it was so hard on both of you....Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Michele DiDonato Lam - Doral, FL

“DianeSo sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Bob & Bonnie Morehead - Newburgh, NY

“Ernie was great friend mentor. He was one of the greatest influences in my life. I am so proud of his courage. God bless Erneieand his family. ”
16 of 35 | Posted by: Gregory Sehr - Buffalo, NY

“Our hearts are broken- so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you Diane and for your family ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Ralph and Patty Depew - Walden, NY

“I am very sorry and saddened to read of Ernie's passing. We worked together in Orange County and Newburgh in the 80's. He was a great, colleague,...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Jim DeStefano - Middletown, NY

“My condolences to Diane and her family. Praying for all of you during this difficult time. ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Stephanie Griesemer - NY - Friend

“I am so sorry to see of Ernies passing. He was always the neighbor that was funny and engaging. My deepest sympathy to you, Diane and both your boys...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Steve Solner - Newburgh/Cornwall, NY

“We met in the pool four years ago. " My wife says I need to find out what she is doing and do itl. I need exercise because I found out I ha...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: jeane Spoor - CHARLESTON, SC

“Our condolences to Diane and family. Ernie's will be in our prayers. John and Betty Depew ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: John Depew - Milton, NY - Family

“In Ernie's memory... ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Ashman - Goshen, NY

“To the Spignardo Family: I was saddened to read about Ernie's death in the newspaper this morning here in New York. I worked with him for many years...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Ashman - Goshen, NY

“Mr. Spignardo was my Social Studies teacher at Valley Central High School in 1969-70 as I recall. He was a great teacher and role model and when I...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Marie O'Malley - Middletown, OK

“My condolences to Diane and the family. You were a wonderful neighbor a long time ago when you lived across from me in Lake Osiris. Rest in peace....Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Patricia (Brown) Davis - NY

“I am so sorry for your loss Diane. Thinking about you and your family. ”
27 of 35 | Posted by: Sheila Lease-Murphy - Newburgh, NY

“Dear Diane and family, we are so saddened to hear of Ernie's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Johnny, Pat & Isabella Spignardo - NY

One of many adventures “Words cannot express the many memories and all of the love we have for the Spignardo family....we will always remember the many jokes...complete with...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Bill and Becky Tucci - NC

“It was a pleasure to meet Uncle Ernie and Aunt Diane at Joe's return from his 9 month deployment. So sorry for your loss. He was a sweet person and...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Elaine Banach - Baytown, TX

“Diane, we are so sorry to hear that Ernie passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be an angel watching over...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: June and Murph Guidry - Newburgh, NY

“Dear Diane, Todd, and Scott, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Alan & Sharon Kraft - Olney, MD

“Ernie was a bright light to us, he was the first friendly face we met when my husband was diagnosed having PD, I will never forget his kind words...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Eva Pierre Rosseau - Charleston, SC

“Diane and Scott sooo sorry to hear of your loss. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you both and the rest of your family. Xoxo ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Pattie & Kevin OReilly - SC

“Ernie was a special guy who was there for so many. I will always be grateful to him for his love for my son, and including him in family events and...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Gail Lehman - New Windsor, NY


Ernest Silvio Spignardo, 72, of Daniel Island, South Carolina, husband of Diane Ciofalo Spignardo died Monday, February 19, 2018 after a brave battle with cancer.

Ernest was born July 29, 1945 in Newburgh, New York, son of the late Pasquale "Patsy" Spignardo and the late Elizabeth Pesavento Spignardo. He received his B.A. in Education at Fredonia State University of New York and earned a Master's degree in Education from State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Master's degree in Counseling from Adelphi University. Throughout his life he was an educator, counselor and entrepreneur. He was a supportive mentor for cancer patients and was a volunteer for three years at Charleston Hematology and Oncology Center guiding cancer patients through their treatments. He was instrumental in forming the Parkinson Rock Steady Boxing Exercise Program at Gritbox Fitness which serves over 60 Parkinson patients. He had many interests including playing the trumpet and keyboard in a rock band for 45 years, traveling, hiking and was an exceptional cook whose guests enjoyed his Italian feasts. He was an avid fisherman and a dedicated golfer and was a member of Dunes West Country Club. Ernie was an amateur comedian who was the life of every party!

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane C. Spignardo of Daniel Island, SC; two sons, Todd Spignardo (Barbara Anne "B.A.") of Falls Church, VA and Scott Spignardo (Terra) of Daniel Island, SC; one brother, Joseph Spignardo (Shirley) of Knoxville, TN; Aunt Dorothy Spignardo of New Windsor, NY; Uncle Desmond McLoughlin of Evanston, IL. He was Poppi to five beautiful grandchildren, Bella - 12, Michael - 12, Calla - 10, Matthew - 10 and Desmond - 9, who were the love of his life. His large extended family includes many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends who he considered family as well.

Ernie was the quintessential friend, who never ceased to make people feel loved. He spread smiles and belly laughs throughout his life despite three very serious cancer diagnoses and Parkinson's disease. He courageously fought the best fight with optimism and determination with his true love Diane always by his side. He never gave up and consequently was referred to as the "Poster Boy" of beating the unbeatable. Ernie touched everyone's life and we are blessed to have had him in our lives. We shall forever hold him dear in our hearts.

Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road from 2:00 until 4:00 pm.

Memorials in Ernie's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.