On Dec 15, Archie Fraser peacefully slipped away from us to join the love of his life, Evie. He had been well cared for in Northwood Bedford where he had moved recently to be close to family. At age 99, Archie had lived his life well and full.
Archie will be remembered for a lifetime of kindness and help for family and friends. He was a quiet ethical man with a wicked sense of humor for those who knew him well. He was a repair, rebuild and invent wizard who could fix just about anything. He constructed a snowmobile for fun before snowmobiles were invented. He built an "electric eggbeater" for Evie before mixers were invented. He welded the front of a Chevrolet car to the back of a Pontiac and named it his "Chevrolac".
Archie was born in Alma to parents who owned the general store and post office. He delivered mail in a horse and buggy in the summer and horse and sleigh in winter. During WW2, he built guns for the Royal Navy at Trenton Industries. For many years Archie was the Service manager at Spencer Motors in New Glasgow. When it closed, he worked until retirement as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic at Scott Maritimes Pulp Ltd.
Archie is survived by his children, Lynda Fraser (Chuck Jaschke), Montreal; Carolyn Fraser, Truro; George (Cathy) Fraser, Airdrie, AB; Hazel Briand, Dartmouth; daughter-in-law Helen MacDonald, London, ON; former son-in-law Philip Briand of Dartmouth; his sister-in-law Agnes Fraser, Alma, NS; his grandchildren Harry, David (Stefanie) and Kristina MacDonald, London, ON; Leigh Jaschke (Matt Berg), Burlington, VT and Karl Jaschke, Montreal; Stephanie Fowler, London, UK; Allison Fowler, Fredericton; Stephen Fraser (Margaret), Calgary, AB; Julie Hanson (Swen), Airdrie, AB; Matthew (Jen) Briand, Luke (Katherine) Briand, Dartmouth; his great-grandchildren David, Duncan and Fiona MacDonald, London, ON; Micah and Elyce Berg, Burlington, VT; Gunnar and Olin Hanson, Airdrie, AB; Felix and Brody Briand of Dartmouth; and many nieces and nephews from the Cummings and Fraser families.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Evelyn Cummings Fraser (Evie), parents, George Alvin Fraser and Hazel Browne Smith Fraser, Alma, NS, brother George Fraser, Alma, NS, his stepson Harry MacDonald, London. ON, and also by many brothers and sisters-in-law from the Cummings family.
We, Archie’s family, wish to thank Linda Freeman and Alan Caldwell of High Crest Place New Glasgow for providing a warm caring home for Dad, the Aberdeen hospital team, and the terrific staff at Northwoodcare, Bedford.
Archie has been laid to rest in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Westville.
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