Local 1228 lost a great person and consummate professional; WHDH photographer Neal Ernstrom died on Thursday, March 27th. He was a friend to many in the Boston market and leaves behind his wife Erin and twin daughters. Here is Neal's obituary from the April 4 Boston Globe.:
ERNSTROM, Neal A. 37, passed away suddenly in Boston on March 27, 2014. Neal was the husband of Erin M. (Leary) Ernstrom, formerly of Manchester, CT. Neal was born in New Haven, CT on November 15, 1976. He was the son of Gerry G. and Joyce (Leonardo) Ernstrom of Rowley, MA. Neal was a 1995 Graduate of Triton Regional High School. It was later, at Westfield State College, when his interest in photography and video production first began. Neal graduated with a degree in Communications. After college, Neal worked as a courier for WCVB in Boston, then as a photographer for WMUR in Manchester, NH. For the past ten years he worked at WHDH in Boston, MA. During his career, colleagues knew Neal for his toughness in the field and tenacity in chasing the best shot. Neal's passion for his craft was evident in his coverage of every story, including the dangerous search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and most recently an eight-alarm fire in Boston's Back Bay. Neal's video told these stories with care and credibility. Colleagues know him as someone they could count on for a laugh when the chips were down. Besides his wife of almost six years, this angler with a flare for getting the right angle is survived by his twin two-year-old daughters, Ellery and Elisabeth, who were his pride and joy and his favorite photography subjects. Neal is also survived by his brother Glen, his sister in law Carolyn, and his nephew Ethan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service on Sunday, April 6th, at 3:00pm at the First Congregational Church, 176 Main Street, Rowley, MA. Calling hours will precede the service from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to assist Neal's wife, Erin, and their daughters with future expenses.
Those interested in making a contribution can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/Ernstrom-Family-Fund.
The family's arrangements are assisted by the F. S. Roberts & Son Funeral Home, 14 Independent Way, ROWLEY, MA 01960.