Ernest King won’t let misfortune get him down, not after a lifetime of tragedy and survival.
King swam to safety when his home floated away in Trouty, but only after he’d gotten his wife, Michelle, and his 80-year-old mother, Peggy King, to safety at the neighbours’ place.
King shoved his dog, Blackie, out his son’s bedroom window so the pet could swim to safety.
As Ernest was struggling through 10 feet of water, Peggy knelt on neighbour Barbara Spurrell’s floor and prayed not to lose another son.
A petite woman, Peggy shies away from media attention, but she has a strong hug and a gracious manner.
“We’re alive,” she says, a little over two weeks after the ordeal.
“You learn not to dwell on things,” says Ernest, a dockside observer.
“It’s time to bring the fighting Newfoundlander back. I’m over it. I am ready to move on.”
After all, the Kings have moved on from so much.
Peggy’s husband died of cancer at the age of 43, leaving her a widow raising five kids, ages nine to…