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It is with great sorrow that the family of Dave Bliss announces his passing, with his family by his side, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

He was born Dec. 8, 1950 in Fort Frances to David and Katie Bliss.

He was raised in Mine Centre, Ont., attending public school there before graduating from the Fort Frances High School and furthering his education in carpentry at George Brown College.

He started his construction career with Silver and Kircher in 1969. He held numerous superintendent positions through the Local 1669 Carpenters and Joiners Union with firms Stead and Lindstrom, Sam Veltric, and Tom Jones.

He later operated his own business, Dave Bliss Building Contracting, until his retirement.

Even when Dave wasn’t working, he was tinkering in the garage, taking things apart just to put them back together. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He had a meticulous work ethic and was well-respected for his work in the Fort Frances area.

On Sept. 26, 1970, he was united in marriage to Denise Bonot and together they settled in Fort Frances to raise their family.

He loved being outdoors and returned to Mine Centre often to fish and snowmobile. He was well-known for being an avid radar runner, with his Ski-Doos bringing home more than one trophy at a time.

Dave leaves behind his wife, Denise; daughters, Shannon and husband, Derek Jackson, and Laureen (Beanie) and husband, Brent Lowes; grandsons, Davis, Jace, and Landon; and father, David W. Bliss.

Also surviving are his siblings, Tony (Louise), Kathy (Bob), Richard (Joanne), and Jim (Linda); brothers-in-law, Bryan (June) Bonot and Nevin (Diane) Bonot; nieces and nephews, Kim Jo and Shane Bliss, Jamie McDonald, Todd Bliss, Tanis Klingsiek, Brande Bliss, Brittney Aason, Abraham Germain, Jackie McCormick, Rick, Trevor, and Giselle and Michelle Bonot, and their families.

He was predeceased by his mother, Katie, on Aug. 16, 1997; and his mother- and father-in-law, Dorothy and Art Bonot.

A come-and-go tea in celebration of Dave’s life will be held Friday, June 3, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.

Cremation has taken place at the Rainy River Crematory in International Falls, Mn.

The honourary pallbearers will be Jeffery Bliss, Brande Bliss, Joe Rodriguez, Dalton Taylor, Leon Wells, Ed Morrison, and Maria Rego.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneral

“These hands built many things.”

Rest in Peace, Dad.