Joseph Lewis Fralic, of Brooklyn, Queens Co. passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
Born in Brooklyn, on October 11, 1923, Joe was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Wall) Fraelic.
“Joesy” married Isabel Dexter on May 9, 1947 and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage and family life together. In the early years, Joesy became a millwright and began his career at Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends. At age 55, he made the decision to leave his employment at Bowater to pursue full time fishing. In partnership with his sons, he built the family fishing and processing business, of which he was so very proud. He continued his passion for lobster fishing, actively fishing until the age of 75.
Joe had an engineering brain and the family benefitted from his great intelligence through the building of fishing vessels, homes and anything that needed fixing. He was forever reading and thinking and his knowledge was vast and amazing. He also gave service to the fishing industry through many advisory boards and councils over the years and was a well-respected voice of reason within government and industry.
He was well-known for his love of music and his beautiful singing voice. Many friends and family far and wide were blessed to enjoy his songs and he loved nothing better than an audience with which to share his music. Family gatherings were not complete until he sang.
Joesy also had the good fortune to live surrounded by family, with two of his three sons and their families living on either side of his own home. He adored his grandchildren and took pride in their successes and was enjoying the next generation of great grandchildren when they visited. He was interested in his whole family and shared a very close bond with all three of his sons. Conversations between father and sons were like listening to a combination of finance, engineering, fishing and anything mechanical. They could figure out how to invent and build anything. Family gatherings were filled with much love and laughter and were times treasured by all.
Joe was a member of Pilgrim United Church in Brooklyn and actively involved until the deterioration of his health in later years.
Joe is survived by his wife Isabel (Dexter), called “Issy” by everyone; his three sons and their wives – Joe and Gerri of Brooklyn, NS; Jim and Liz of Brooklyn, NS; Jerry and Dee of Spring, Texas. Grandchildren Joe (Petra) of Port Colbourne, ON; and their sons Joey, Eoin and Devon; Chris (Arushi) of Kanata, ON and their children Miles and Sneha; Leanne (Cory) Hanley of Lakelands, NS and their daughter Nadia; Scott (Vanessa) of Hamilton, ON and their son Jack. He is also survived by nieces Glady Long, Sharon Burns, Patti Peck and Jolene Jarvo.
He was predeceased, besides his parents, by his sister Catherine Reinhardt, brother-in-law Leon Reinhardt and niece Noreen Reinhardt.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. At Joe’s expressed wish, there will be no visitation and no funeral service. A private family committal will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.
We will forever hear Dad say:
“I am still a lobster fisherman, I just don’t go anymore.”
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What a beautiful tribute to your father. I am sure he will be forever loved, cherished and missed by each of Joe, Jimmy and Jerry and families.
So Sorry For Your Loss We Will Forever Remember Him Thinking Of All Of You At This Time
So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you ALL.
Leo(Sam) and Carole Sampson
The Family, of Joseph Fralic.
Please know , that our thought,s and prayers, are with you all at this difficult time.
Joe was such a nice man, loved to listen to him sing at the church, sincere condolences to the family
Sorry to hear this news, I remember going with my Dad to get flounder for lobster bait, Joe always had a storey to tell !!
Pat and Steve Dexter
So very sorry for your loss…
John & Darlene Chandler
We are thinking of you all at this sad time. May your lifetime of memories help you through and give you some comfort.
To the Family of Joseph Fralic
We are saddened by the passing of Joe,
a great loss to our community. Always enjoyed
Joe’s twinkling eyed smile, loud singing voice, and
gentle strumming of the guitar. ” Wind on the sea”,
Joe, rest in peace.
Cathy & Rollie
Doug and Sylvia Zwicker, Brian and Kim Mansfield
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Terri and Brad Longmire
The Fralic Family:
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our condolences go out to the entire family.
Ron and corinne
Ol Joe was a man to be admired for his strong family values , his tough determination , his talent , his smile , his love of music and family , all the contributions he has given to the community and fishing industry . He has passed all of this on to his sons and their families , we will always have a little bit of Ol Joe as long as his family walks this earth . Thoughts and prayers with all Joesys … Xo
My sincere condolences to all the Fralics at this said time. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob / Marjorie MacGowan
We are sorry for to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to all of the family.
Sorry to hear the news. My sincere condolences to Joey, Chris, Leanne, Scott and the whole Fralic family.
John & Debbie Herman
Sorry for your loss. Our Sincere Condolences to the Family.
John & Debbie Herman
Thoughts with you and your family in the loss of such a fine person.
So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all the family.
Carla (MacIsaac) Whynot Dee’s cousin.
So very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all the family.
To. Liz Jim and family.
What a beautiful tribute to your dad, grand father. We were so sad to hear of joes passing.
He was a great man, use to love hearing his stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one of you at this sad time. R.I.P. JOE.
David and Bonnie Hatt
What a beautiful tribute to your father.You have wonderful memories to keep in your hearts.Our sincere condolences to all the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time…. Keep your memories close.
Sending my sincerest condolences to Joe’s family.
Judy James & Robert Currie
Our heartfelt condolences at this painful time.
Lloyd & Barbara Naugler
Lloyd & Barbara Naugler send our sincere condolences on Joe,s passing .A great loss of a grand man & fisherman .& friend of all ..He will be missed by all who knew & loved him .
What a beautiful life and legacy. Our deepest sympathies in your loss.
Sheree, Jake and Amanda Chandler
John and Donna Murray
Our community will miss Joe and his positive attitude. His work ethic was passed to his children who are all successful and are contributors. He leaves a legacy! RIP
Joe, Gerri, Jim, Liz, Jerry, Dee and all the family. It was a great privilege to be there for Joe and Issy for 10 months. I enjoyed his stories and his singing…so glad I have some of it recorded…..I can still hear him laughing at Issy and I waltzing around the livingroom to a great song…he even recorded that on my phone once. Makes me smile when I watch it. Joe will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that knew him…Rest in Peace Joesy and keep singing with the angels.
My sincere condolences,
Teresa Smiley (or Reesa as he so called me at times!! )
Angela Spadafora and Pat Bothen
A beautiful tribute. I never met Joe but heard plenty of him through Scott and Vanessa. After reading your tribute I can understand how they hold their grandfather in such high regards. My condolences to the family.
So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. He and my Father were very good friends and loved their boats and their lobstering.
To the Fralic families. So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Nelson & Liz Boland
Linda & Robert Trainor
To Joe’s Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. You have so many precious memories of a great person. Take Care & GOD Bless. HUGS!
Margie Godfrey, Betty and Bernie Hatt
Dad fished many years with Joe and Issy was a cousin. That bond never faded for us. Sorry for your loss and keep the memories close.
Diane and Donald White
A lovely tribute from his loved ones, it says it all, he was for certain loved by his family. A good man. Thinking of you all, with our sincere condolences.
Diane and Donald
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Our Sincere Condolences to all the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all at this sad time.
Kirk and Donna Whynot
To Joe’s Family, so sorry for your loss, Joe was a great man and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Peter and Sharon
To the Fralic family, we’re so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I first meant Joe many years ago while i worked at Chandler Brothers,Joe would come to the plant to off load his catch from their fishing trip.He always had a smile,even if the catch wasn’t that great.He’ll be missed greatly.RIP Joe.
Brenda Lawrence / Jim Hubley
TO JOE’S FAMILY . THINKING OF YOU ALL. OL JOE WAS A GREAT GUY . I’M SURE HIS FAMILY HAVE A TON OF MEMORIES .THIS WILL GET YOU THROUGH THE DAYS AHEAD . SINCERELY . BRENDA AND JIM .
Ron & Rose Anthony
The Fralic Family
Sorry for your loss, Thoughts and Prayers to you all.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
Our deepest sympathy to all the Fralic families on the loss of a wonderful man. He will be missed by many who knew him. Brooklyn has lost another community minded citizen. God bless you all.
My deepest sympathy in the passing of Joe. May all your loving memories help you get through this trying time.
So sorry for your loss. He left an amazing legacy that our entire community can be proud of.
Sheila D. Smith
To Issy and family: I am saddened to hear of Joe’s passing which is yet another great loss to the community and to our church. My heartfelt condolences.
Sheila D. Smith
Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We send our Sincere Condolences to Joe Fralics wife Izzy, & their Sons & families. Brooklyn is sad to have lost another Great Man of the Community. May your memories of Ole Joe live on forever. God Bless. Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett.
Bill and Ann Cox
To The Fralic Family
We send our deepest sympathies on Joe’s passing. It will be a great loss to the community and province.
Bruce and Charlene White
Our sincere condolences to the Fralic families.
MLA Sterling Belliveau
We are very sorry for your loss. Sterling remembers Joe from his years before becoming involved in politics, working to make life better for those in the fishing industry. The fishing community and the village of Brooklyn has lost an icon. We have solace in knowing that his sons and family will carry on the legacy.
Our sincere sympathies to the Fralic Family
MLA QUSH Sterling Belliveau
CA QUSH Courtney Wentzell
Leanne, Cory, Nadia and your familes…
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Grandfather/Great grandfather. What a lovely testament to his life. I can tell by reading this what an impact he would have on your lives and am sure he will be greatly missed and how lucky you are to have had him in your life.
To all the Fralic family, please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of a husband, father and grandfather. You will all miss him but remember and cherish all the good times as they are yours to keep.
So sorry Issie and to all your family. Joe had a life well lived and will be missed by many.
To Issy and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Hoping all your good memories will sustain you through this sad time.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you grieve the loss of Joe. He was a wonderful man and this tribute does him proud. You all have many wonderful memories to keep him forever in your hearts.
Amy and Alex Croft
We were heartbroken to hear the news of your
Dad’s passing. I know that his wife and family hold their memories close and know that he was a very special man.
We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
We are truly sorry to hear of you loss. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
Syd and Denise Parnell
Reid and Patti Emenau
To Josey’s loved ones,
We were saddened to hear this news. A well written obituary which says it all. Our sincere condolences to you all. Keep his memories close to your hearts.
Reid and Patti Emenau
Liz and Bill Raine
Liz and I send our deepest condolences to all of you at this difficult time. We are in Vancouver, but we will be thinking of you in the days ahead. You are fortunate to have such a strong family to support one another in this trying days.
Frank & Susan MacKay
Joe, Jimmy, Jerry and families…..Susan and I wish to send our deepest sympathies at this sad time on Joe’s passing.
Rosalee and Murray
To Josey’s family, sorry to hear of your loss – it is never easy to lose a loved one. You have many memories and stories to keep him in your hearts.
Shannon & Corey Hartlen
Joe, Gerry, Chris, Joey, and Family,
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Thinking of you all.
Shannon and Corey
john b henley
To you all, we all share so many memories from the band years and growing up on forbes pond.
Accept our thoughts and prayers.
A life has been lost but those memories and Old Joe’s legacy and contributions over his lifetime will remain with us all forever.
john & karen
I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you all comforting times with friends and family remembering his wonderful life.