Joseph Addington Bliss

September 7, 1917September 30, 2011

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.

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  • Graveside Service Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • A Gathering to Celebrate Joe's Life Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Julieann Kelly

October 11, 2011

My sincere sympathy to the Bliss family. My mom and dad, Thomas and Mildred Kelly were good friends of Joe and Connie. Joe was always such a kind man. When I went to see my Aunt Jessie Friday at Rainycrest I saw Joe sitting in the common area and he showed me where my Aunt's room was. Always a nice man who will be remembered.

Marilyn & Ivan Bell

October 9, 2011

Joey, Judy & family: sending our sincere sympathies to you in the loss of Joe. He was one of our favourite old-timers & was truly "Mine Centre".

October 7, 2011

My sympathy to Joe and family in the loss of your Dad. I always enjoyed our little chats in Safeway.

Laurie (Bell) Callan

October 6, 2011

My deepest sympathy goes out to you. I am sorry that my Dad and I couldn't make it to the funeral. It was wonderful seeing all the old pictures that brought back lots of good memories. Elaine (Morag)

October 5, 2011

We have many pleasant memories of visiting Joe & Connie in Mine Centre over the years. Our deepest condolances to the family.

Lee & Lois Coberg and Family

October 5, 2011

The Ryans always were very close to all the Bliss family. We have some very fond memories of both Joe & Connie especially at their Mine Centre cottages. They always made you feel so welcome. Lorne and I send deepest condolances to all Joes family and friends. LORNE & DIANE RYAN and Family

October 5, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to Joe's family and friends, he will definitely be missed.
Audrey (Ryan) Pattison and Mike Ryan.

Brian Bliss

October 5, 2011

I'll be wearing a poppy on November 11th for Uncle Joe.

Tony & Louise Bliss

October 4, 2011

Sincere Sympathy to you all. Uncle Joe was a pleasant man & he will be missed.May many happy memories help at this sad time.

October 4, 2011

My condolance to The Bliss Family.

George T Fedoruk
Wawa Ontario