Albany- Ernest J. "Ernie" DuPont, 26, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 after a nine-year courageous battle with Degos Disease surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Albany on January 15, 1992, the son of Ernest E. and Susan (Navarro) DuPont. Ernie was a 2010 graduate of Colonie Central High School, where he played soccer and basketball; he was a great teammate and athlete. He went on to receive his Associate's degree from Hudson Valley CC and his Bachelor's in Biology from Sage College of Albany in 2016.
Ernie was an avid football fan, especially of the NY Giants. He had an amazing sense of humor, loved to make people laugh and enjoyed spending time with his family. Ernie had a strong Christian faith, which was everything to him, and he was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where he attended nursery school through fifth grade. Ernie worked for The Center for Rheumatology and had just been accepted to Nursing School at Sage College of Albany.
Ernie is survived by his beloved fiancée, Keeley Gaffney and his loving family, parents, Ernest & Susan DuPont; sisters, Kerri Sawyer (Jeremy) and Jennifer Morin (Matthew); paternal grandparents, Ernest & Sharon DuPont; maternal grandfather, Joseph Navarro. Ernie is also survived by his nephew & niece (and Goddaughter); Zachary & Megan Sawyer and his second family, The Gaffney's; as well as many aunts, uncles & cousins.
Ernie’s family and fiancée would like to thank Dr. Lee Shapiro for taking on Ernie’s case nine years ago when he had no knowledge of this ultra rare disease. Dr. Shapiro’s dedication and perseverance led him to find medications that gave Ernie nine more years with those he loved. During those nine years, Ernie was on a path that he did not choose, but he met it with determination and a warrior’s spirit. They would also like to thank the caring people of The Center for Rheumatology, NY Presbyterian CTICU and Albany Medical Center MICU.
One of the blessings that came from Ernie’s battle over the past 6 months was the formation of the “Ernie’s Prayer Warriors” Facebook page. Over 1200 people joined Ernie in his battle through prayer and encouragement. Ernie read the page daily when he was able and drew inspiration throughout the last 6 months of his fight. The page also became a source of great encouragement and blessing to Keeley and Ernie’s family. Ernie’s family would like to express their gratitude to all those who invested in Ernie’s life.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 3pm until 7pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 63 Mountain View Ave. Albany, 12205, where a service will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11am. Burial will follow at Memory Garden's, Albany.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Steffens Scleroderma Foundation, P.O. Box 38037, Albany, NY, 12203 or www.steffens-scleroderma.org/donate