An Ernest farewell

Ernest White on duty, the day before his retirement. 194117 Picture: ROB CAREW

Ernest White has put down his stop sign for the final time.

He’s guided Sassafras Primary School students across Mount Dandenong Tourist Road for more than 15 years.

On Friday 31 May he worked his last shift as a crossing supervisor and retired.

Mr White has enjoyed having contact with the community and ensuring the children are safely delivered to school each morning.

At a sprightly 79 years and a Dandenong Ranges resident for almost 50 years, he is looking forward to not getting up on wintery mornings in freezing temperatures and the inevitable 3.30pm downpour.

He will, however, greatly miss cheery hellos and goodbyes from the students and the conversations with their parents and carers, many of whom recognise him when he is out and about in the hills.