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GRANT, Wilfred Fraser



1948 – 2022

Wilfred Fraser Grant, age 74, of Hardwood Lands, passed away on August 10, 2022, at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Infirmary Site, due to complications from Multiple Myeloma. 

Born in Truro to the late Wilfred D. and Catherine (Fraser) Grant.

He was a life-long resident of Hardwood Lands.  After graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1968, Wilfred worked as a technician with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture for 6 years.  In 1975 he joined his brothers full-time on the farm, where together they built a large-scale dairy operation; a successful family partnership that later grew to also include two of his nephews.  Wilfred’s focus was on the management and development of the herd, including milking twice a day, almost every day, for nearly 50 years.  He maintained his legendary work ethic even after illness prevented him continuing in the milking parlour.  On his time away from the farm, he could be found tending his vegetable and flower gardens or undertaking projects on his son’s farm.  An avid reader, his stack of dairy industry magazines was ever-present on the kitchen table. To say he was a patient man is an understatement.  His steadfast, calm and unassuming nature never waivered, no matter the situation.

Wilfred is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy (nee Rines); daughter, Alana (Reg) Croft, Milford; son, Jeff, Shubenacadie East; grandchildren, Logan Croft (Jordan Reid), Noah Croft (Shelby Hyslop), Madeline Croft, Arie Grant, Genevieve Grant; siblings, Donald (Karyn) Grant, Myrtle (Al) Cameron, Peter (Mary Anne) Grant, Jane (Bill) Gourley, Joan (Brian) Trueman and Archie Grant; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and special sister-in-law Barbara (Roland) Parsons.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022 in Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie, Rev. Beth Mattinson officiating. A private family burial will follow.

Donations may be made to the Hardwood Lands Presbyterian Church or the Shumilacke Food Bank in Shubenacadie. 

Online condolences may be left for the family on the funeral home website.

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