It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Joseph Addington Bliss, age 94 of Fort Frances and formerly of Mine Centre, Ontario on Friday, September 30, 2011.
Joe was born on September 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, Manitoba.
Joe was a veteran of World War II having served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Elgin Regiment from 1940 to 1946. After his return from the war he married his longtime 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 was also the owner of Bliss Cabins, served as the School Board Treasurer and later Board Trustee and Chairman. He was also a member of the Granite Lodge #446, the Border Shrine Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 290.
Joe, Grandpa and Great Grandpa will be sadly missed by his son Joe and wife Judy, and grandchildren Suz-Anne (Craig) Gustafson, Pam Bliss, Jeffrey (Gen) Bliss, great grandchildren Kurtis, Blake, Billy, Sara, Emily and Julia. Also surviving are his 3 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 was also 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, Norman and Annabelle Payne.
A gathering to celebrate Joe's life will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 in Fort Frances.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 12 noon at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances with Reverend Barbara Miller officiating. The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 "Color 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 in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8.
On-line condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com