It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Joseph Addington Bliss, 94, of Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of Mine Centre, Ont., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.
Joe was born Sept. 7, 1917 in Fort Frances to the late Ed and Marcella Bliss.
He attended school in Mine Centre and then later attended Business College in Winnipeg, Man.
Joe was a veteran of World War II, having served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Elgin Regiment from 1940-46. After his return from the war, he married his long-time sweetheart, Constance Payne.
Joe and Connie had two boys, Joe Jr. and Dennis.
Joe was a quiet, hard-working man. He was a fur buyer, logger, store owner/operator, and postmaster. He also was the owner of Bliss Cabins, served as the school board treasurer and later as board trustee and chairman.
He also was a member of the Granite Lodge #446, the Border Shrine Club, and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29.
Joe, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa will be sadly missed by his son, Joe and wife, Judy; grandchildren, Suz-Anne (Craig) Gustafson, Pam Bliss, and Jeffrey (Gen) Bliss; and great-grandchildren, Kurtis, Blake, Billy, Sara, Emily, and Julia.
Also surviving are his three brothers, George, Robert, and David; two sisters, Frances McKiel and Norma Ryan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Connie; son, Dennis; and brother, Daniel Bliss.
He also was predeceased by sisters- and brothers-in-law, Katie Bliss, Ruth Bliss, Frank McKiel, Ken Ryan, Mildred and Ken Treftlin, Muriel and Bo Readman, Jerry Payne, and Norman and Annabelle Payne.
A gathering to celebrate Joe’s life will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at noon at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, with Reverend Barbara Miller officiating.
The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 “Colour Party” will provide their tribute at the cemetery.
The honourary pallbearers will be Joe’s great-grandchildren.
If family or friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River District School Board re: Mine Centre School Playground Fund c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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