William Ellsworth Fraser

Born in: North Bloomfield, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 15/06/1934
Passed away in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 25/03/2010

WOODFIELD - William Ellsworth Fraser, 75, Woodfield, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in North Bloomfield, Pictou County, he was a son of the late William Burton and Catherine Olive (MacIntosh) Fraser. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Blue Mountain, where he served on the Board of Managers. Prior to retirement, Ellsworth was employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Highways and C&G Williams Ltd. Following retirement, he enjoyed farming, Christmas tree growing, harvesting blueberries and maple syrup. Ellsworth enjoyed the forest, hunting, fishing, playing guitar and listing to old-time music. He was a devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Minetta Ann (Langille); daughters: Glenda (Ronnie) Fraser, Garden of Eden; Gloria (David) Doiron, Hilden; Wendy Fraser (Craig MacDonald), Brookfield; sons, Robert (Marlene), The Ponds; Kevin (Tracy), Sutherland's River; sister, Muriel Foote, New Glasgow; brother, Brian Fraser, Woodfield; 16 grandchildren,13 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughters, Lorna Jane Fraser and Catherine Roma Wynn Forsyth; sister, Joyce MacMillan.

The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday in Knox Presbyterian Church, Blue Mountain, with Pastor Pat Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Eden Cemetery.

Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to Knox Presbyterian Church. www.pkmacdonald.ca

     - Obituary Posted By P & K MacDonald Funeral Home

My dad was sick for some time, and as the other stories tell , we could not get a diagnosis for what was wrong...Finally in Dec 2009 a kidney specialist found Amyloidosis. With no idea on what it was , even the doctors had to do research on Google. He had 2 rounds of chemo at home with my mother playing the role of nurse and doctor. He had no quality of life,... that he was used to having. I could see he was deteriorating each day. Hi legs and arms were getting more swollen as time went on and soon the skin could not hold the fluid and was flowing every where. The doctor increased the fluid meds , but it was not working. Finally on a trip to a spec app, they decided to admit him to the hospital. His health declined even more after he was admitted. A catheter was placed but it went into his prostrate..he caught 2 sever infections....could not swallow, so had a feeding tube..the doctors decided to try dialysis on his kidneys. The pain on his face and the gasping for a breath is still fresh in my memory. They decided to try another round of chemo. After 2 dialysis sessions there was no improvement, we knew he was suffering. Finally the doctors agreed with us, we decided to stop treatment. My mom and 2 sisters stayed by his side to see him through this passage...

It was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I know he is now in peace and is not suffering If we can bring awareness about this disease, and have it diagnosed earlier, maybe we could have our loved ones longer. Not just to the general public, but the medical system, has to be taught to look for this disease.