Ernest G. Selberg Sr., 82

Ernest Selberg Sr.

SEBAGO — Ernest G. Selberg Sr., 82, of Peabody Pond Road, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer, his loving family was by his side.

Ernie was born in Portland on July 15, 1936, the son of the late Ernest L. and Katherine E. (Grace) Selberg. He graduated from the Bessey School in Scarborough in the Class of 1954. He served in the United States Navy Reserves from 1954-1962.

On Oct. 3, 1959, he married the love of his life, Judith Anne Cole, in Sebago. Together, they raised three wonderful children. This year, Ernie and Judy would have celebrated 59 years of marriage.

Ernie worked in the family business, Humpty Dumpty Potato Chip Company, driving a truck for 36 years, he then worked another eight years for the South Portland School Department, retiring in 1998. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Masons, Hiram Lodge 180 F&AM, South Portland.

Ernie built the family camp on Peabody Pond in Sebago in 1964, and together, he and Judy created many wonderful memories with family and friends. Memories including family gatherings, building his many rock walls around the property or cutting down the wrong tree. His children commented that he was always busy puttering around the camp doing something. He loved woodworking and could fix anything, he was a jack-of-all-trades. Just several weeks before his passing, he was doing some painting at the camp, making sure everything was done before he left. Ernie was always thinking of others and putting their needs ahead of his own. His greatest love was the time he spent surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Judith Selberg of Sebago; two daughters, Katherine Daigle of Sebago and Karen Murphy of Scarborough; a son, Ernest G. Jr. of Brunswick; a sister, Ernestine “Bunny” Rice of Virginia; a brother, Peter Selberg of Florida; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours celebrating Ernie’s life were held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A service followed at the chapel at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ron McLaughlin officiating. Burial followed in Brooklawn Cemetery, Congress Street, Portland.

To view Ernie’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence please visit

Those who wish, may make contributions in Ernie’s memory to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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