I grew up five houses away from Ernie W and my mom was good friends with his wife, Louise. RIP. Sad news. Incidentally, his son Chris was extremely smart and later became a medical prof at Wash U.
Growing up in Williamsville, I went to HS with his daughter. She was dating a friend of mine and when she mentioned that her younger brother wanted to go fishing, I took them down to the lower Niagara at Devil's Hole.
The kid caught a lunker smallmouth. Must have been a six pounder.
You should have seen the smile on his face.
I never met Ernie but his kids were first class all the way.