We regret to announce the passing of David Albert "Dave" Fraser of Trenton in his 85th year on Sunday, June 28th, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, John David and Hazel (Fraser) Fraser, and brother, Clifford Alexander Fraser.
Dave leaves behind his wife, Joan (McKay) Fraser; son, John David "JD" Fraser and his wife, Nancy; daughter, Janet Rose McPherson and her husband, Stewart "Motor"; son, Thomas William Fraser and wife, Susan; son, Patton McKay "Pat" Fraser and his partner, Rhoda; grandchildren, David, Barrett, Alexander, Abigail, Kathleen "KC", Samantha, Andrea, April, and William; great-grandchildren, Kaileb, Jacob, and Tayler; and his great friend, Eddie Fairhurst. As his junior apprentice, Tayler will use everything Papa Truck taught him to keep working hard and learning.
Dave was a proud alumnus of the old West Side School and New Glasgow High School and went on to attend the Chicago Vocational School Toronto in the early 1950s. There, he received his official training in automotive mechanics and worked for John D. Rivers Trucking and CN Trucking. He went on to establish D.A. Fraser Sales and Service in the early 1960's where he sold small engine equipment and motorcycles, and eventually Jeeps and American motors cars. He was the first one to sell snowmobiles in Pictou County. He finished his working career as a mechanic at East Pictou Bus Garage. After his retirement, he helped his son Tom establish T. Fraser Crane, where he proudly worked up to last week.
In addition to his career and family, Dave was very devoted to his community. He was a member of the Trenton Fire Department for 24 years and retired as Deputy Chief and a past master at Albion Masonic Lodge No. 5, where he received his 50-year jewel. A lifelong member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow, he served for over 20 years on the board of managers. He was also a long-time member of UCT No. 879 Pictonian Council.
One of Dave's proudest moments, however, was in 1956 when he married the love of his life, Joan McKay. They moved to Rose Ave in Trenton, where they raised their four children and have lived for the past 64 years.
There will be a family viewing at R.H. Porter Funeral Home. A public funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Springville Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Joon Ki Kim officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow or Albion Masonic Lodge No. 5.