December 6, 1944 – October 22, 2012
After the most valiant of fights, Fraser Balfour passed away from complications related to head and neck cancer on Monday, October 22, 2012.
Born in Calgary at the Holy Cross Hospital to Margaret and D.R. on December 6, 1944, Fraser lived all of his life in the Calgary area. He remained at home and in love with the prairie and the ranch lands of Alberta and spent some of his happiest days tramping the country fields.
Fraser attended Western Canada High School and completed his MBA at the University of Alberta before eventually taking the helm at Cronkhite Supply Ltd. from his dad. He successfully ran this business for more than twenty-five years before embracing retirement in 1998. His energetic youth was spent partly at Invermere Lake, barefoot skiing, hosting corn roasts and living it up. He learned to fly, and then scuba dive, and travelled the world to many far flung and fabulous destinations as a dive master and happy tourist. He loved the Calgary Stampede, and dinners and trips with his children and finding the perfect unique gift. He loved and collected art, sculpture and treasures from afar and for a quiet man, he amassed a vast collection of friends and contacts.The finest epoch of his life began with his twenty-eight year marriage to Armande, his companion and heroine, who shared every adventure in travel, diving and hunting. Armande helped him find his core of steel and realize a life of calm contentment. Together they have shared the happiest of days at their farm house, the Shuswap Lake cottage, and surrounded by their beloved friends and family.Fraser’s seven year war with cancer was a fight to the finish. He faced pain, fear and loss with proud courage and a graceful acceptance that left us all speechless and a little braver. His last week was spent tramping the fields with Armande and his wonderful friends Toots and Bob Machum, hunting field birds. “I am so happy I’m here” he scribbled to Armande, defining that moment and what kept him going, looking to squeeze out one more moment, one more experience.
Fraser was predeceased by his father Dave, his mother Margaret, and his infant son Robert Fraser. He leaves to grieve with Armande, his children Jennifer (Harry) and Michael (Alison); his cherished grandchildren Lainey, Isla, Cleo and Fraser; his sisters Jill (Dennis) and Shelly, and his beloved dog, Sunny.
Grateful thanks to Dr. Nicola Chappell, Dr. Wayne Mathews, Dr. Joe Dort, Dr. Chandaranna, and Dr. Tomas Godinez for providing the most difficult of care with skill, wisdom, and compassion. The kindness and support of Dr. Dort and the ICU staff in Pod A on the last day are beyond words. Tremendous thanks to the Emergency Staff at the Oil Field Hospital, and to the Air Ambulance, who allowed the end to come with dignity, grace and the presence of family. Thank you to the Home Care Team of Oil Field who supported the last months.
A Celebration of Fraser’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, Fraser and Armande wish that you might consider supporting the foundation of research in Head and Neck Cancer that works to prevent and to cure this dreadful disease www.ohlsonresearchinitiative.ca with cheques please to the Calgary Foundation (#700, 999 – 8 street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1J5) cheque memo: Ohlson family endowment fund. Consider alternatively the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, www.albertacancer.ca, and all public efforts to educate on the dangers of tobacco.
In living memory of Fraser Balfour, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences