Ernest M. Carmolli

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 1:45pm

Ernest Marsten Carmolli, 87, died in Scarborough, Maine on June 26, 2021.

He was born Jan. 10, 1934 in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of Aldo and Florence Hodgdon Carmolli. 

He graduated from Medford High School in 1951, and began employment with the David W. Mann Company of Lincoln, Mass. as a machinist. In 1955 he took a leave of absence to enlist in the U.S. Army.  He was assigned to the Army Band and spent his service years playing throughout the country.

Upon his discharge, he returned to the Mann Company. During this time, he received an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He remained with the Mann successor company, GCA Corporation until 1984. He then started his own company, Alpine Precision, Inc. In 1996 he retired to Maine. 

Ernest played French horn with the Medford High School Band, and in duets with his grandfather at church services. In his retirement he played with the Fanfare Band, the Casco Bay Concert Band, the All-Star Band, and the Italian Heritage Club Concert Band. In addition to music, Ernest enjoyed sailing, square dancing, woodworking, golf, photography and summering in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He was a member of the United Brethren Lodge A.F. & M. of Marlborough, Massachusetts.  

Ernest is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Pacillo; his daughter Linda Beals (Joseph) of Orleans Mass.; his daughter Lisa Cornette (Stephen) of Nashua, New Hampshire; his son Lawrence Carmolli (Darlene) of Chelmsford, Mass.; his stepdaughter Melissa Cleaves of Portland, Maine; his stepson Lt. Col (Ret.) Jon Cleaves (Theresa) of Lansing, Kansas; his grandchildren, Kevin, MacKenzie (Greg), Dana (Spencer), Brendan, John, Elena, Tyler, Chiara, Jordan, Olan; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jane Ribble of Birch Harbor, Maine; and brother David Carmolli (Judy) of Miami, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Maralyn Galloway of Medford, his sisters Dorothy Koski of Lincolnville, Maine, Carole Heard of Dallas, Texas, and granddaughter Tamara Highfill of Lansing Kansas.

A graveside service will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford, Mass. on Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Pops Concert Band.

Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at