RIP, Uncle Ernie

RIP, Ernest John Robert Smith
Birth 01 Apr 1926 in Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 16 July 2015 in California, USA

My Uncle Ernie, my Mums brother in law, and widower of Mary Teresa Robinson passed away a few months ago at the age of 89.

I only met him a couple of times, back when I were a lad, but my Mum and Dad always spoke kindly of him.  My condolences go out to his daughters, my cousins, and his granddaughters.  He’s pictured below with my Auntie Terry, Thanksgiving 1983.

Ernest John Robert Smith

Here’s a curio! I don’t know why, but I’ve got a copy of an affadavit from 1952, relating to my Uncle Ernie, who married my Mums sister Terry Robinson. See the scan below. It says;

Edinburgh Scotland
May — 1952

To whom it may concern

I —— am a personal friend of the parents of the bearer of this letter, Ernest John Roberts Smith, late of 5 Parkhead View, Edin, now residing at 3227 East 3rd St. Long Beach, California, USA. I have known Mr E J R Smith since infancy and I hereby attest that to the best of my knowledge he attended Gorgie Elementary School, Tynecastle Secondary School and that he completed his education at Saughton Secondary School by attending night classes, graduating early in 1943 just prior to joining the Royal Navy.

Yours truly

There’s no name or signature, so it must have been for someone to fill in the blanks.

Ernest John Robert Smith letter


Happy birthday, Mum

Yes, my auld Irish mammy, Grace Muir Hamilton nee Robinson would have been 86 years old today.  To say we had our ups and downs would be in with a shout for biggest understatement of all time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss her.  Now and again!  Anyway, here she is, in her 1950s prime, auditioning to be a member of the Royal Family.

Grace Muir Robinson

Valentine’s Snapshots – Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Every year, without fail, even when he was dying a slow and lingering death, my Dad would trek up to the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.  He would look up his brother Bill, who was killed in the Second World War, bow his head and say a silent prayer.