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Ernest ‘Ernie’ Lofton passed away on Saturday, Aug. 6 in his beloved Detroit.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Fellowship Chapel at 7707 W. Outer Dr. The Family Hour will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 13. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. 

Public visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 12 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home at 14751 W McNichols in Detroit.

Entombment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

For more details call Swanson Funeral Home at  313 272 9000


The first time Ernie Lofton appeared at the gate of Ford Motor Co.’s Dearborn, Mich., iron foundry looking for work, the lines were so long he was told to come back the next day.

Determined to land a well-paying job in the foundry–and in spite of work that was tough and grimy, to say nothing of dangerous–Lofton returned the next day and was hired.

That was in 1950. By the time  no one at Ford tells Lofton to come back tomorrow.

Lofton retired as vice president of the United Auto Workers, where he represented 97,000 hourly workers. Lofton carried a lot of clout and hd the respect of Ford executives who were at one time his adversaries.

“I’m glad that 40 years ago, he had the tenacity to go through what he went through,” doing the difficult and hazardous work at the foundry, said Peter Pestillo, former Ford vice president of corporate relations and diversified business.

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