Obituary of Elwood Fraser
It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Elwood Fraser, 63 of Pleasant Valley N.S. on April 30,2023 surrounded by his loving family at the QEII, Halifax.
Elwood was born January 15, 1960 to Lloyd and Evelyn Fraser in New Glasgow and grew up with many siblings in the community of Millbrook.
Elwood was a man who wore many hats. First and foremost he was the beloved husband to Mary Fraser, a devoted father to their son Christopher, and a proud Grandpa to two grandsons, Nolan and Mason.
In his early years of life, Elwood grew up on a traditional family farm in Millbrook, where he spent his days helping his parents and siblings look after the family farm, raising farm animals, gardening, and long days spent in the fields haying and cleaning the barns. It is here where he learned the value of the hard work, family, commitment and the dedication it takes to be successful. Those values are how he lived his own life. Growing up, he knew from an early age what he wanted to accomplish in life. His ambition was to become a carpenter and had graduated from Trade School in Halifax with his Carpentry degree. Elwood had built his first home at the early age of 13 and did not stop there. He was a well known and respected Carpenter in Pictou County and owned his own business, EC Ventures. Elwood's work has spoken for itself. His knowledge as a carpenter was above and beyond, his eye for detail was on point, his commitment to his customers to create their vision, and his quality of work is what kept the business thriving. Elwood had taken great pride and held high standards in the quality of his work to make his customers happy.
Elwood was also known by many for his love of horses. Clydesdale, Belgians and Percherons were his favorites. His first team was a set of Percherons , Billy and Lucky. He always said the Percherons were the ones with the brains. His horse family didn't stop there; it grew year after year. Elwood was a member of the Pictou County Horse Club. With his team of horses he was involved in many community events across Nova Scotia. Showing off his team in many parades for Central Supplies. Sleigh rides in the winter, weddings and his famous trip through the Tim Hortons DT in Westville with his team and the Kennedy girls. He was a proud member of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition for many years. He spent many hours organizing, setting up, and leading many horse events. Countless hours of support to make this event fun for fans, competitors and other organizers he worked with. He also organized many horse pull events for teams across the province. This was one of his many true passions.
In the last few years he was known for the operation of the Pleasant Valley Wedding Barn, where he also worked tirelessly for couples to have a wedding of their dreams. Elwood had much more work to do in this world, he was getting ready to finally retire and enjoy his years with his wife and family. Although Elwood's life was cut short, his generosity will live on in others as he was a proud organ donor and has given the opportunity for others to survive for many years to come.
Elwood is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Mary Fraser; his son Christopher and wife Samantha Fraser; his two beautiful grandchildren Nolan and Mason Fraser; brothers Leonard (Donna) Fraser, Allan (Mary) Fraser; sisters Bev(Dave) Clark, Iva (Keith) Campbell, Dale Roddick (Donnie Hislop), Velda (David) Fulmore, Helen (Chuck) O’Connor; brothers in law, Jim Kennedy, John Kennedy, Bill (Colleen) Kennedy, Dave Cormier and Charles Fraser; sisters in law, Colleen Zdan, Cathy (John) White, and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Evelyn Fraser; brother in-law Bill Roddick, brother in law Dave Zdan; sisters- in law Martha Fraser and Ann Cormier.
Elwood is resting at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville, with visiting on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. His funeral service will be held 2 o'clock Friday from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville with Father Donald Boudreau officiating. Donations in his memory may be made to Pictou North Colchester Exhibition (Cattle Barn). His funeral service will be streamed live and may be watched by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/live/uT7uGBaSncE?feature=share
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