In Celebration of

Blanche Fraser

October 8, 1924 -  November 29, 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Blanche Fraser on November 29, 2021 in Toronto. Blanche was born on October 8, 1924 in Port-Aux-Basque, Newfoundland to the late John and Nina Richards. She moved to Nova Scotia in her teens where she met her husband, William Douglas (Doug) Fraser. They were married in 1947 and enjoyed a happy life together until Doug’s passing in 1998. Blanche spent most of her adult life in Halifax where she enjoyed her years working at the Dalhousie University Library and the company of her neighbourhood bridge club friends. She moved to Toronto in 2015 to be close to her son Bill and his family.
Blanche was predeceased by her son Hugh, and sisters Hyacinthe Legge, Irma Hattie, and Beulah Rhyno. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Sheila (Hugh’s widow), grandson Doug, his wife Annika and their four children Axel, Griffin, Malin and Sawyer, granddaughter Carol and her husband Dorian Scheidt, her younger son Bill, his wife Kathleen, granddaughter Mary Beth, her husband John Suriano and their sons William and Cameron, and granddaughter Mary Kate. Her family is grateful to her nieces Lorraine, Joan, Sandra, Paula and Pat who all kept in regular touch over the years.
Blanche called the Revera Kingsway Residence home for the last six years and was pleased to make an early acquaintance with her tablemate Thelma with whom she shared a close friendship for a number of years. The staff at the Kingsway were always kind and helpful and she was truly treated as a member of the Kingsway family. Their attention was particularly appreciated during these last few weeks which allowed Blanche to spend her last days in peaceful dignity. We are also grateful to the PSWs and nursing staff of the Local Health Integrated Network and Divine Home Care who provided compassionate care during these last few weeks.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Turner & Porter Funeral Home, Toronto. There will be no funeral service at the request of the deceased. Blanche’s ashes will be interred in Nova Scotia at a later date. If you wish, donations in her memory may be made to Fighting Blindness Canada (, Foundation Fighting Blindness – US (, or a charity of your choice.


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Sheila Puffer (Daughter-in-law)

Entered December 2, 2021 from Boston, US, and London, UK

Blanche was a wonderful mother-in-law, among many other roles. She was a much-loved presence in my life for nearly 50 years. Her sense of humour, love of reading, politics, bridge and travel made her fun and interesting to be with. She lovingly made delicious baked goods and knitted exquisite outfits for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will keep her fondly in our hearts.

Anne Sherwood (Grand Niece)

Entered December 2, 2021 from Dartmouth

What a lovely tribute to a great lady who I will remember most for her great smile and laugh. Sending love and peace to her friends and family. -Anne

shirley williams (family friend)

Entered December 3, 2021 from Halifax

Dear Bill, Kathy and family

Please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother,she was indeed a lovely lady. She will forever be in your hearts.

Sincerely with love and friendship

Carol Hale (former neighbour/friend)

Entered December 3, 2021 from Three Mile Plains, NS

Blanche and Doug were our neighbours in Halifax for many years. Doug and Lance were great friends and enjoyed a great many conversations about everything and anything, especially local politics. I always knew if I needed anyone, Blanche was just across the street and always ready to help. She was a wonderful person and I'll always have great memories of both of them.

Cathy MacDonald (Extended family)

Entered December 15, 2021 from Halifax

Blanche was such a lovely, witty lady. Doug and my father Jack Cameron were cousins. For a number of years we were able to see Blanche at the Sherwood cottage for summertime family reunions. I have fond memories of sitting on that deck, surrounded by family, laughing out loud with Blanche. My sincere condolences.