Donald Andrew Fry

October 16, 1927November 23, 2012

FRY, Donald Andrew – The family of Donald Andrew Fry are saddened to announce his passing on Friday, November 23, 2012 in Drummond Hall at Parkland Enhanced Care at the age of 85. Donald had a peaceful passing and was surrounded by his family. Donald was born in Halifax on October 16, 1927 and was the son of the late John Richard and Pauline Sarah (Lanigan) Fry. Donald started his career path as a firefighter in the Canadian Air Force from 1946-1951. After leaving the Air Force he moved to California and worked at the Pacific Transport Steamship Line. Homesick for Halifax and his family he returned and started work in the accounting department for the Municipality of the County of Halifax. Donald left there to take a position of Assistant Manager of Public Works at the Halifax Housing Authority. He oversaw a number of public housing sites, including a complex in Spryfield, Mulgrave Park and the then newly constructed Uniacke Square. Don was very popular among the tenants; to him they were all his friends. He regretfully had to leave his position at the Housing Authority. He then started his own financial business, Central Bookkeeping Services Ltd. He and his wife, Pauline, ran the family business first from their home on Preston Street until moving it on to an office on Oxford Street. Don was then offered a position with Kings College as the University’s Bursar, which he accepted and worked for 15 years until his retirement in 1991. Besides his wife Pauline and his family, Don’s other love was for his summer cottage retreat in Ketch Harbour. A place he had grown up spending his summers since the age of 2. His heart belonged to his Ketch Harbour cottage, his greatest pleasure. Don met his wife, and love of his life, Pauline at the St. Thomas Aquinas Social Club. Many of their friends, whom they remain in close contact with, also met their life partners there. Don was an incredibly kind and generous soul. He made friends with everyone he met and if one was lucky enough to be in his presence, they were made to feel special. He was the perfect gentleman. Always loving, always smiling. Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 55 yrs, Pauline (Ashe) Fry; his children, son David (Patti Davis); daughters Margaret (Jim Malcolm) and Catherine (Rick Myers); his grandchildren John David Young, Julia Young and Nicole Myers; his sister Pat (Ken) Foran and his brother Tony (Cathy) Fry; and Pat White, a treasured friend who was like another son to Don. Donald was predeceased by brothers: John, Frank, William and Peter, and sisters; Helen, Jean and Peggy. ``Uncle Don`` will also be sadly and fondly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Heartfelt Thanks to Pat MacKay and the caring Staff at Drummond Hall, 3rd Floor, Parkland Enhanced Care and Special Thanks to the Staff and residents of the Gladstone Berkley. We, the family, invite you to join us for visitation at J.A. Snow Funeral Home on Lacewood Drive in Halifax on Wednesday, November 28th at 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 29th at 11:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Cherry. A reception will follow the Mass in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To send an on-line message of condolence, please visit:


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Ruth Elizabeth Smith

December 6, 2012

Pauline, I have so many happy memories of Don and our time togethrr at King's.
We talked and laughed and argued and atr pink winter peppermintsm We
shared a hearing deficiency and even that called for some hiliarity.
I tried to get you on the phone without success. I did get connected to s P, Fry
but it wasn;t you.
Peace be with you and Thanks be to God for Don Frym Ruth Elizabeth Newman Smith

Bernard Hibbitts

December 2, 2012

Pauline, Margie, David and Cathy,

I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. You have my deepest sympathy.

Don - and all of you - were fixtures on Preston Street for as long as I lived there. It was such a busy house across the way, and I know my parents John and June were so glad to have you all as neighbours.

I remember Don with great fondness. He gave me my first job at King's the summer I turned 16. At the interview I recall being quite concerned that I might not get the job! Don certainly put me through my paces. Then, after he gave me the job, he took the trouble to check in on me from time to time.

He and my father were great friends. Dad thought the world of Don, and Don always spoke so very highly of Dad. I will always recall a long conversation I had with Don on the corner of Watt and Chestnut once when I was home from university. This was after Don had retired, I believe. Don went out of his way to say wonderful things about Dad. But really what that conversation showed was what a warm and kind-hearted gentleman Don was. I also remember when Don came to the funeral of my grandmother (Dad's mother) at All Saint's, personally supporting Dad at what I know was a very difficult time for him. Don's generous gestures meant a lot to my father and to our whole family.

Thank you, Don, for your warm smile and your unfailing thoughtfulness, and for helping make my memories of growing up on Preston St. so special.

June Atkinson

December 2, 2012

To the Fry Family
I am so sorry to hear of Mr Fry's passing.I met him thru my Dad "Fergie"Gearld Ferguson. Dad always considered Don, a good friend and enjoyed both his and Pauline's company and good laughs. You will miss him. June (Ferguson)Atkinson

Paul Hibbitts

November 30, 2012

Dear Pauline and Family,

My sincere condolences on the passing of Don.

Growing up on Preston Street I would often see Don and the entire Fry family come and go, and Don would always have a great smile ready at hand.

When I was quite young I would sometimes visit my Dad's office at Kings College and if I was lucky run into Don as well. I remember on more than one occasion when Don took me over to the King's dining hall for a little snack and his fun company – something that I always enjoyed and remember very fondly to this day.

Peter O'Brien

November 29, 2012

I first met Don as a student at King's in the 80's, when he recognised me as a parishioner from St. Thomas Aquinas. He always had a kind word or a joke, and was the epitome of decency. As a faculty member at King's now, it has been my pleasure to remember Don and a privilege to return to STA for his funeral. It's clear that he'll be missed as much as he will be fondly remembered by many! With condolences,

Rob Currie

November 29, 2012

Pauline, Margie, David & Cathy,

I wanted to reach out during this difficult time with my sincere condolences and sadness of your dad's passing. Don was a wonderful human being who touched & helped so many people, he simply did so without any agenda and only pure reasons. I love your dad, my memories are endless and will cherish them during my lifetime. He was part of our household growing up & into adulthood having touched our familly in so many ways that WE are the ones blessed for having his gift of friendship, love and humility.
Don's light will shine forever as it always has. God has called Don home with open arms and now you and yours have an Angel in Heaven. Cherish your dad's memories, hold them close to your heart and rest in knowing how much good your father did and the positive impact he had in many lives.

God bless, prayers, thoughts and love with you all.
~ Rob Currie

Chris Crace

November 28, 2012

Just wanted to say sorry and send my deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.

Chris Crace

November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012

Pauline, Margie, David & Cathy

Just a few memories I would like to share with you. Don hired my Don to work at the Hfx Housing Authority, due to that we became friends with Don and Pauline. I worked with Don at UKC for a period of time. I enjoyed having lunch with him in the diningroom, his sense of humor made your working day enjoyable. When Don came to our home for a visit or we dropped in to their home, he always had a hug and kiss for you. We also enjoyed visits with Don and Pauline at their summer place in Ketch Hbr. Don was a self-made man, thoughtful, kind, sincere. I could go on and on but will close this off by saying that Don was a true friend and a pleasure to know.

Love and prayers. Donna Currie

November 28, 2012

Our sincere sympathy for you and your family. Our thoughts are with you at this time sadness.
Mary and Karl Foran, Dartmouth N.S

Keith McPhail

November 28, 2012

Sincere condolences to the Fry family on Don's passing. Don was kind, humorous, purposeful, and a gentleman above all else. I was lucky to work for Don as a campus police officer and an admin office assistant when I attended Kings College. Don kept me on my organizational toes, was great sounding post, and always had my back on keeping issues grounded when I was Chair of the residency council. 30 years since those days, and many of us Kingsmen and Kingswomen still smile when we talk fondly about Don at get-togethers. That's Don; a friend, a mentor, well-loved and memorable.