April 15, 1928 - May 18, 2020
Norfolk- Ernest J. Florestano passed away peacefully on May 18th, 2020. He is predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Lena Florestano, his brother Dr. Thomas Florestano, his wife Mary Florestano, his son in law Jack H. White, Jr. and his nephew Tom Florestano Jr.
Ernie was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, Annapolis High School and Severn Academy. He was a proud patriot, at age 17 he asked his parents for written permission to join the military. It was World War II and he wanted to fight for his country. They declined to sign the mandatory forms and by the time he turned 18, the war had ended. Undeterred, he decided to apply to The Naval Academy of Annapolis and was accepted. Ernie also joined the Marine Corps and exemplified their motto of Semper Fi every day of his life. The G.I. Bill enabled him to attend the University of Maryland where he was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi as well as the Lacrosse Team. He received his Master’s Degree from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA several years later.
Ernie met the love of his life and future wife, Mary Andreo in Annapolis and they were happily married for 59 years until her passing. They relocated to Norfolk, VA. shortly after marrying.
Ernie was founder, President and CEO of his business which he started 50 years ago. This was his true passion and he was still involved with it until the day of his passing at age 92. As the inventor of his product that utilizes magnets versus chemicals on equipment, he was way ahead of his time in creating a Green Company.
Ernie is survived by his daughter Marianna F. White, his grandson Ian White and wife Lorena White, grandson Winston White, Leslie Peek his niece, Dr. Patricia Florestano his sister in law and Laurentz Palkins, his future son in law.
The family will celebrate his life with a memorial service as yet to be determined in 2021.
Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting his family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.candfservices.com.
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