E.A. Tremblay, 86, physician at Riddle hospital

Ermest A. Tremblay
Ermest A. Tremblay
Posted: October 19, 2012

Ernest A. Tremblay, 86, of Glen Mills, a family physician, died Saturday, Oct. 13, of complications from cancer at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, where he had been on the staff for almost 50 years.

Dr. Tremblay admitted the first patient to the emergency room when Riddle opened in 1963. He also delivered the first baby, his wife, Christine, said.

He was still treating patients as a member of a family practice at Riddle until he became ill in January, she said.

"Medicine was his passion. He had a wonderful bedside manner and his patients adored him," his wife said.

He was devoted to his nurses and got along beautifully with all the hospital staff, she said.

"The Riddle Hospital community is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Tremblay, whose 50 years of service to our organization made the difference in the lives of so many," said Gary Perecko, hospital president. "His unwavering commitment and service to our community has left an indelible mark, and his kindness, expertise, and compassion will always be remembered by his colleagues, patients, and friends."

Dr. Tremblay grew up on a chicken farm in Oakland, Calif. After graduating from high school in 1944, he joined the Navy. He trained as a pilot and flew cargo missions in North Africa and Germany at the end of World War II.

He and his first wife, Dora Bottone, a Navy nurse, met at a chapel service at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where both were stationed. They married in 1948.

After his discharge, Dr. Tremblay earned a bachelor's degree in biology from what is now Widener University and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1956. While he was pursuing his education, his wife worked nights to help support their growing family.

Dr. Tremblay completed his residency in family practice at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and was chief resident there until joining the staff at Riddle.

For 20 years he had a family practice in Middletown before moving his practice to an office in the hospital.

Dr. Tremblay and his wife had four children together. Several years after she died in 1974, he married Linda Magnus. They had two children before divorcing. In 1990, he married Christine O'Connor, who had a son and two daughters.

Dr. Tremblay enjoyed sports, especially the Phillies, and was an avid golfer. As a member of the "Men of Malvern," he attended annual weekends at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills retreat house.

"He was gentle, kind, and extremely lovable, a wonderful doctor, and a great father," his son Ernest III said.

In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Tremblay is survived by sons Geoffrey and Jason; daughters Anna McMonigle, Michele, and Maria; a stepson, Michael O'Connor; stepdaughters Kathleen Krigstein and Karen Kasarsky; a sister; 21 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and his former wife.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford, and from 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10, Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 430 Valleybrook Rd., Glen Mills. Burial will be in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Lenni.

Donations may be made to Riddle Nursing Education Fund, 1098 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, Pa. 19063.

Contact Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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