Schenectady, NY Ernest E. Walton, Sr., 75, of Elmer Ave, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family in the care of hospice. Born on Jan 18, 1947, he was the son of Percy D. and Gertrude A. (Dobson) Walton. Ernie grew up and was educated in Schenectady. On September 24, 1977, he married Barbara Collier. For more than 30 years, Ernie was employed as a respiratory therapist at Ellis Hospital, retiring in 2010. During his career, he received recognition as Ellis Employee of the Year in 1990 and also Healthcare Practitioner of the Year by the Center for Donation and Transplant for “consistently going above and beyond”. He continued to take college courses as the Respiratory Therapist practitioner evolved from On- the- Job Training to a College Degree. He led an active lifestyle. He was an avid marathon runner, played racquetball and handball and enjoyed fishing. Ernest was a member of the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by siblings Jane Jeffress, Percy Walton, Jr., and Robert D. Walton, Sr. He leaves his wife of 45 years Barbara L. (Collier) Walton; sons: Ernest (Elizabeth) and Michael D. (Maria de la Luz); grandchildren: Brooklyn, Bryce, Jadon, Ava Grace, Cidney, and Connor; siblings: John, Frank, & Charles Walton and Barbara Jean Walton and Ruby Irving as well as extended family and friends. Funeral Services will be held at 10am Saturday, August 6, at Jones Funeral Home, 2020 Central Avenue, Colonie. Rev. Daniel Carlson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. Calling hours will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Friday, Aug 5 and 9:00am to 10:00am Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home. The family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to neighbors, friends, the staff of Community Hospice, NYOH, Visiting Nurses, as well as church and family members.