Alice Claflin Ernst of East Sandwich died on February 11 at the age of 84.
She was the wife of Paul R. Paddock, whom she married in 2018.
Her first husband, Richard Ernst Jr., died in 1958.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Joseph N. and Alice Plummer (Howard) Mannino. She grew up in West Roxbury and graduated from Roslindale High School, and from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in home economics.
After summering on the Cape for many years, her family moved to South Yarmouth in 1966. She was a community marketing executive for Welcome Wagon, serving families moving into Mid-Cape towns. She spent many years as manager and function coordinator at her family-owned restaurants, The Camelot Room and The Golden Anchor.
She turned her passion for travel into a group travel company she founded and operated called Camelot Tours, where she organized and guided tours of Cape Cod for senior groups from many parts of the country. While working with SeniorTours to bring groups from New Jersey to Cape Cod, she met Paul Paddock, who was the bus driver on some of those trips. The two enjoyed many trips across the eastern United States and Canada.
Ms. Ernst was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and a volunteer companion with the Sandwich Council on Aging.
In addition to her husband, she leaves her three children, Gregory Ernst and his fiancée, Donna White Magill, of Seekonk, Carolyn Gualtieri and her husband, Lawrence Gualtieri, of East Sandwich and Jeffrey Ernst and his wife, Susan Ernst, of Westford; her stepson, Dustin Paddock of Altadena, California, and his wife, Nina Paddock; her stepdaughter, Heide Fraley and her husband, Daniel Fraley, of Collingswood, New Jersey; six grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie McCarter of Millis; and other family.
Her family will be hosting a celebration of her life at a time to be determined.