A family-oriented man was a great cook

MELROSE Ernest (Ernie) J. Brandano, the son of the late Florence (DeNapoli) and Albert Brandano of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home in Melrose.

Ernie was a beloved husband, father, brother, family member and dear friend.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Tricia) (Hurley) and his three children: Jacqueline (Jack), 19; Katelyn (Katie), 17; and Daniel, 13. He was a much beloved sibling to Stephen Brandano and his wife Nancy; Patricia Brandano; and Christine McKinnon and her husband, Matthew. Ernie was also a wonderful, fun loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He was happiest when surrounded by family.

Ernie was a graduate of Melrose High School and continued on to college at UMass Amherst, where he met his true love Tricia. They married in June of 1997 and built a beautiful life in Melrose. He was employed for many years with AT&T and was respected and loved by all his work peers.

Ernie was always a fundamental part of each family function and hangouts. He took on many projects around the house, but by far his backyard was his pride and oasis. He was more creative than people gave him credit for. He would draw laughs and evoke meaningful discussions.

Ernie was a great cook and griller, loved Boston sports and was a huge Tom Brady fan. He enjoyed doing things around the house and had the important role of “computer fix-it guy” at home. A lover of movies and television, he was always enthusiastic to talk about whatever he was currently watching. His absence has left a hole that cannot be repaired.

Ernie also loved island living in his younger years: Lake Winnisquam vacations, Florida trips, Wingaersheek sunsets and sitting by the pool with a scotch and cigar at night… occasionally while playing his guitar.

The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gately Funeral Home at 79 West Foster St., Melrose. There was a private service on Friday, Sep 24, 2021 for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, people can make a donation to Ernie’s children’s college fund. An account has been set up at Citizens Bank under Stephen Brandano- Ernest Brandano Children College Fund, 876 Main St., Malden, MA 02148.