Obituary of Ernest "Ernie" Roubos
Ernest (Ernie) Nicholas Roubos, 86, passed peacefully in his sleep, with his loving wife by his side.
Born in Winter Haven on August 18, 1935, Ernest was preceded in death by brothers James Nicholas and David Nicholas, and his sister Mary Emily. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Clare; nephew, Mark; and niece, Celeste.
Ernest enlisted in the United States Navy in January, 1955. He was an avid swimmer and was transferred to the U.S. Navy Underwater Swimmers in 1958, then joined the Frog Men and the Underwater Demolition Team.
Ernest (Ernie) was a well-known artist in Winter Haven, and his works can still be seen around local businesses. He attended the Ringling Art School in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to his artistic talent, Ernest had a wonderful sense of humor. The Winter Haven Herald featured him in a profile that highlighted a New Year’s Eve prank where Ernest dressed as Father Time and walked around Lake Howard dressed in a long white gown and a beard made of moss, complete with sickle.
Ernie also loved reading and writing poetry. He memorized General George Patton’s speech and would recite in frequently for friends. Ernest was quoted as saying, “Life for each individual is a beautiful, happy, sometimes sad and glorious thing. Isn’t it glorious that you’re actually here, even though for just a short time? Everyone has their own little bit of sunshine in them. I’m just a little mortal creature who tries to shine my sunshine on everyone that I meet.”
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Haines City, Florida. The day will conclude with military honors and burial at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City, Florida.
A very special Thank You to Compassionate Care Hospice - especially Mariannne, Amanda, Stacy and Bill, who truly provided Compassionate care and help to us in Ernie's last hours.
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