John Allen Frail (90) passed away on April 17th 2013 at Heritage Village, Chilliwack, B.C. John was born in Centreville, Kings County, N.S. to Wallace and Mabel Frail. He grew up on the family farm, graduated from high school and moved to Halifax to work.
John volunteered for Military service in 1942 and was a Master Gunner with the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps. He served until 1968, achieving the rank of Major. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University, while working full time. John worked for the Federal Government in several departments, including the Treasury Board for a total of 15 years. Before finally retiring ten years later, he became a successful real estate agent and broker in Ottawa. For the following decade, they enjoyed spending winters in Largo, Florida,
John married Elizabeth May (Betty) Spry in 1947. They lived in Montreal and Kentville, Nova Scotia before being posted to Ottawa. They moved to Chilliwack, B.C. to be nearer to family in the west ten years ago. John was a founding member of the Pleasant Park Baptist Church in Ottawa. He served his community as a member of Rotary in both Ottawa and Chilliwack.
John had many interests including painting, gardening and carpentry. He was a very good friend and neighbour and was respected by all who knew him.
He was the eldest of eight children, and was predeceased by his sister Mary, and brothers Ronald and Robert. He is survived by the love of his life, Elizabeth Frail of Chilliwack, B.C. and children; Ken (Janice) Richmond, B.C., Diane (Ken Kousaie) Chilliwack, B.C., Gary (Danielle) Dartmouth, N.S., James (Elizabeth) Calgary, AB ,grandchildren ; Brandon and Courtney, Katherine , Mark , Patricia , and Valerie, Jennifer and John and great grandchildren; Matthew, Odin, Torger and Olivia.
The Frail family thanks the Staff of Heritage Village for their attentive care over the past four years.
A small family service will be held at Heritage Village with burial at a later date in Lakeville Cemetery in Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society or a Food Bank would be much appreciated.