Doris Fraser

Obituary of Doris Elizabeth Fraser

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Age 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9,2023 in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. She was born on July 24, 1926 in Truro to the late William and Ella M. (Bissett) Gunn.


Doris grew up in Hantsport where she married Bob and they brought up their family. Mom loved working with numbers and worked at the Bank of Commerce as a teller on and off over the years. At one time she owned a small dry goods store on Main Street. During their time in Hantsport her and Bob were members of the local United Church, where mom, fittingly, enjoyed her role as treasurer of the UCW. Mom liked to sew and was an avid knitter. The click of knitting needles was a familiar sound. We all benefited from her sweaters and socks, mittens and afghans. She enjoyed trying new recipes and some of her favorites are still being enjoyed. She was a multitalented lady who knew how to stretch a dollar. When the family was young they bought an old fishing camp. With no electricity or modern plumbing it made for some very interesting and great memories. They had a big change in life in 1976 when they bought The Wildwood Motel in Shelburne where they were before they retired in 1984. The next years were spent in Mt. Uniacke until 1998 when they downsized to their condo in Bedford. Mom loved the sun and her frugal ways made it possible for her and Dad to enjoy many winters south after their retirement, whether it was on one of the southern islands or at a condo in Florida. To most Mom was a quiet reserved lady but she did not shy away from an adventure. She topped it all off by parasailing above the waters of the Domincan Republic when she was 87! It was certainly a life well lived!!


Doris is survived by her children; sons, Bob (Marilyn), Bedford and Peter, Halifax; daughters, Terry (Brian) Smith, Bible Hill and Patty Fraser, Wolfville; grandchildren, Stacey (Garry), Julie (Shaun) Fretter, Matt (Monica), Kenzie, Alec, Sidney and Livy; great-grandchildren, Finn and Chase; sister-in-law, Shirley (Ed) Sanford, Coldbrook and many nieces and nephews.


Besides her parents, Doris was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Bob (2022) and her only sister, Isobel Griffiths.


We the family would like to say a big Thank You to all the staff of 4 West for their wonderful care of our parents during their final years. Words don’t seem to be enough. Thank you.


Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). In keeping with Doris’ wishes there will be no service. She and Bob will be laid to rest at a later date in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport. Donations in memory of Doris may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting:

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