FAIRFIELD, Maine--Ernest E. Kelley, 76, of Fairfield, Maine passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville, Maine. \r\n\r\nErnie was a lifelong resident of Fairfield, Maine. He was proud of his extensive work life, which began in his teens on a farm in Benton, Maine and included work in the Fairfield ice house, its woolen mill, and most recently as a custodian at Lawrence High School. He was a proud Bulldog. \r\n\r\nIn his spare time he loved to fish, ride his ATV, enjoy the outdoors, and play cribbage at the VFW. He loved cats, and especially kittens. He had a great sense of humor, always liked to banter and joke with everyone, even strangers, though most people weren't strangers for long.\r\n\r\nHe became a resident of Lakeview Care Center in 2012, and made many friends there, as well. He will be remembered by many friends, co-workers, and students at Lawrence High School. \r\n\r\nHe was predeceased by his loving mother, Wilda M. Kelley. He is survived by his nephew, Paul Desjardins; and his great niece, Crystal Desjardins.\r\n\r\nGraveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery on Grove Street in Waterville, Maine.