Ernest H. Warren, 51, died unexpectedly at his home Jan. 23, 2010.

Born at Vinalhaven on Nov. 1, 1958, he was the son of Herbert A. and Mary Philbrook Warren. Ernie attended Vinalhaven schools and at age 17 enlisted in the service of the U.S. Navy. His service included duty in Pensacola, Fla., and Cuba.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Ernie returned to Vinalhaven. He later moved to Fayette, where he resided for more than 10 years.

Ernie then returned to Vinalhaven and captained the F/V Isabel J out of Portland. In May 1995, while fishing 100 miles off Massachusetts, that vessel caught fire and sank. Miraculously, the fire was spotted by a commercial aircraft on its approach to Boston. The pilot of that aircraft notified the U.S. Coast Guard, who fortuitously already had a helicopter on a mission in close proximity. That helicopter immediately responded and hoisted Ernie and his three crew members to safety.

Since that time, Ernie has worked as a lobsterman out of Vinalhaven aboard his aptly named vessel Risky Business.

Ernie enjoyed traveling, whether vacationing with his family and friends during the winter months, driving to Florida, or taking adventure trips with his friends to Nevada or fishing in Alaska. He also enjoyed attending his son’s baseball games.

Ernie was an especially attentive and loving nephew to his uncles, Clarence “Bub” Warren and Leland “Junior” Warren. He drove Bub to and from Florida to visit Junior each winter and helped them in many other ways.

He was predeceased by his father in 1994 and his mother in 2008.

Ernie is survived by his soul mate and companion of more than 30 years, Linda Lapointe of Vinalhaven; his son, Ethan E. Warren of Vinalhaven; his daughter, Natalie Allen and her husband, Patrick, of Wiscasset; a brother, Dennis Warren and his wife, Melissa; three sisters, Sharon Philbrook and her husband, Robert, Donna Warren and Susie Pitts and her husband, Randy; his mother’s companion, Bruce Kelwick, all of Vinalhaven; his companion’s parents whom he considered as his own, Normand and Theresa Lapointe of Augusta; two grandchildren, Liam and Eve Allen; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ernie also leaves behind two great friends and traveling partners, Jeff and Sue Chilles.

A graveside service, to be held at Browns Head Cemetery, will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vinalhaven Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 815, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.

To leave online condolences, visit obituaries at bchfh.com.