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Eleanor Marjorie Fraser (Fox)

New Glasgow - Eleanor Marjorie (Fox) Fraser, March 23, 1920 - April 23, 2019. Everything about Eleanor Fox-Fraser’s life can be found in 3 simple phrases: dedication to family, the importance of friendships and engagement in community. From her early years (Born 1920) in Springhill NS, as the only child of the late Harry Fox and Frances Hawker-Fox, our mother set forth on HER path. She was active at an early age in helping her parents, as only a child can, to ‘run’ the bakery and general store that proudly served the needs of this historical coal mining community. She married her childhood sweetheart, Herb Fraser. After Dad wrapped up his service in WWII, they embarked on their life journey together. Communities: From Springhill to Bridgewater to New Glasgow, these communities held a very special place in our mother’s heart. She graduated from Mt. A, worked at RBC and Dominion Coal Company in Springhill, then traded hats and worked in a radio station in Bridgewater before their children were born. She devoted herself to her family through the early years of their childhood while feeding her social spirit participating in gatherings of all her newfound friends in this beautiful south shore community. In New Glasgow, she became actively involved in the Heather Figure Skating Club, the Ceilidh Girls’ Pipe Band, First United Baptist Church and the Central NS Women’s PC organization. She returned to university (St. FX) in 1967 and re-entered the workforce in 1968 to teach at Pictou Academy. During this time, at the urging of her very close friend Elsie Locke, she joined the legion of community members who brought the YM/YWCA to New Glasgow. She remained closely associated with the Pictou County Y’s Menettes (Pictou County Women’s Service Org) until she passed. At 60, she left Pictou Academy, once again changing hats in 1982 to become the first woman, as we recall, to serve on the previous all male town council of New Glasgow. She left council after two terms having accomplished another first, that of first female Deputy Mayor in her second term. She fully lived and loved every moment of her service. She was honored numerous times in her life for her devotion to community, yet it was the essence of participating and contributing to something bigger than herself that was her treasured reward. Mom moved at the young age of 96 to the geographical location of Alberta, but her heart forever remained in Nova Scotia. Friends: Too many to list here but we remember each and every name as our mother kept these memories foremost in her conversation until her passing. childhood friends and their children, to neighbors and their children, colleagues, former students, companions and aides, her children’s and grandchildren’s friends, the errant traveler who just happened to cross paths with our mother (think Airstream trailer convoys in the parking lot of the New Glasgow Stadium) we salute you! Our memories would be dim if not for you and the many contributions you made to her world. Family: She has now entered the community of heaven to stand beside family and dear friends already there; Herb, daughter, Patricia, sister-in-law, Kay will be at her side as well as her cherished parents. Undoubtedly, as in life, she will have much to talk about. On this earth, her children, Harry (Sharon) and Diane (Barry), grandchildren, Luke, Ben, Jake (CJ), Courtney, Chad, Jim (Christa) and their children, especially the blessed great-grandchildren, Margaret Eleanor (Kit) and Acadia Jane (Cady), cousin, Fred Hawker and the MacCallums will always remember their mother, nannie, cousin, friend and continue the conversations that she held so dear. Visitation 6-8 pm Wednesday, May 1, in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, 55 Almont Ave., New Glasgow. Funeral service 11 am Thursday, May 2, in First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow, with Rev. Dr. Morley Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent by visiting: www.rhporter.ca

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