In Memory of

Joseph

"Joe"

Fraser

Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Fraser

Joseph Russell Medard Fraser
Baddeck, Nova Scotia

It is with broken hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, on Thursday, February 8, 2024, peacefully at home surrounded by his family at the age of 74.

Joe is survived by his soulmate and wife of 49 years, Shirley; children, Neal (Marina) and Jocelyn (Brian); Poppa’s boys, Mitchell, Ethan, Matthew and Aiden; sisters, Judy MacMillan (Donald) and Elaine Harquail (Maurice).

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Rhona; and in-laws, James and Mae Moore.

Joe was born and raised in South Bar, NS, where he spent his childhood learning all things outdoors. He loved fishing and hunting and passed this passion, skill, and knowledge on to countless friends and family throughout his lifetime. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled in vocational school taking up the electrical trade. While he knew this would provide him with an enjoyable career, it was not his dream. Joe, from a very young age, was fascinated by flying, however this dream did not seem possible. In August of 1970, dad met the love of his life, Shirley, and the one person who would make all his dreams come true. From the moment he met mom he knew they would be together forever. He started making regular visits to 72 Taylor Street where he became a beloved brother and son to the Moores.

In 1972, with Shirley’s support and encouragement, Joe enrolled in flying school and earned his wings in October of 1973. Upon graduation from flight school, Joe joined La Ronge Aviation and worked in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and Lynn Lake, Manitoba, flying fixed wing aircraft. Although he was away from Shirley, she was on his mind. He had a special delivery arrive to the hanger in Lynn Lake, a beautiful solitaire diamond. He flew home with it and asked Shirley to be his wife in the driveway of 72 Taylor Street. Joe and Shirley married April 26, 1974, and moved to Lynn Lake where they stayed until moving to Montreal, and then, finally, back home to Nova Scotia where Joe began working for Lands and Forest Air Service in Shubenacadie, where he obtained his helicopter pilot license in 1979. Joe and Shirley purchased their first home on Tulley Avenue which became a home to the whole community. Everyone who met dad immediately fell in love with his laugh and kind nature. When Joe and Shirley moved to Shubenacadie they met their lifelong friends the Young family. Over the 20 years of living in Shubenacadie and Milford Station, Joe’s home was open to everyone, and he became a community father to any of his children’s friends.

In 1985, while flying in Baddeck, NS, dad pursued his next dream and purchased a lot of land in Baddeck Inlet. Baddeck was the place Joe was happiest, over several years with his family by his side he built the “A Frame”. Joe created years of memories for all who came to Baddeck. He was a loyal devoted husband, father, friend, and community member. After retiring in 2006, Joe and Shirley built their forever home on the family property. His home and property kept him busy; he always had a project he was working on or hosting a fishing derby, moose camp, or a family celebration. He and Shirley enjoyed gardening together, being at the shore, visiting the Eagles Way gang, dancing in the living room to their favorite songs or just watching the eagles out the front windows. If Joe had to leave Baddeck, it was only to go the mainland to see his children and grandchildren, or for the annual Barr’s Corner deer camp.

In 1986, Joe joined the Canadian Coast Guard in Shearwater, NS, where he remained flying until he retired in 2006. Throughout his 30 years of flying, he was a skilled, safe, aviator and well-respected by his colleagues. He supported numerous humanitarian, disaster relief, and search/rescue operations while going above and beyond to help anyone.

Joe will be deeply missed; he was the kindest loving person and all who knew him will undoubtably feel the loss of a great man. In Joe’s final days he remained stoic, strong, and continued to say his favorite saying, “No One Has More Fun Than Us”.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in the MacAulay Center, at the Inverary Inn, Baddeck, NS on Thursday, February 15th at 2 p.m. The service will be livestreamed on the Sydney Memorial Chapel Facebook page.

The family would like to extend our deepest thanks to Dr. Roland Genge, Paulette Levin, Dr. John Ritter, Continuing Care Baddeck and all who supported the family.

Memorials in Joe’s memory may be made to Hospice Society of Victoria County, hospicesocietyofvictoriacounty.ca .