Ernest "Buster" C. Deal Jr., 67, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2022 after a short but courageous battle with leukemia.
Ernest was born and raised in Waterbury, CT and the eldest of six children Laura, Mark, Thomas, Mary and Kim; to Lillian and (late) Ernest Deal. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Post University. He worked at AT&T and Comcast throughout his career. Ernest settled in Bristol with his beloved wife Linda Deal and raised their four children; Ethan Deal, Kayla Deal, Jade (Gordon) Gimpl & son in law Christopher Gimpl, and Astra Gordon. One of his favorite things to do was to spend time and talk about his grandchildren Gabriel Kurasz, Connor Gimpl and Hope Allison.
His love for family was strong and unconditional. Ernest was loved by all who knew him, he had a big heart of gold. It was so big that in 2013 he received a heart transplant which gave him almost nine more years with his friends and family. Ernest had a love for his Abenaki heritage and would spend lots of time at the reservation in Canada. He also loved to go to the races and work on race cars whenever he could. One of his most cherished memories was spending summers at "The Foxhole" in Maine with family. Ernest had lots of passions through his life and the ability to make very fond memories wherever he went.
As Ernest wished, family and friends will have a celebration of life in the summer of 2022.
Published by Hartford Courant on Feb. 1, 2022.
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