Obituary for The Right Reverend Joachim Carl Fricker Died at Joseph Brant Hospital on October 28th 2018 in his 91st year Born December 1st, 1927
The Church was his calling but his family was his greatest love. Husband to Shirley Joan Fricker (nee Gill) for 65 years. He shared a close bond with his only sister, Burga Black, her children and with all his relatives in Switzerland and Germany. Father to 5 children : Michael and his wife Betty, Stephen and his wife Cheryl, Andrew and his wife Susan, Lisa and her husband Larry and his Ann Elizabeth. Buppa to 11 grandchildren: Tim (Kristin), Christy (Chris); Michael (Ashley); Scott; Amanda (Adam); Rachel (Shane); Sarah (Bec), Colin, Brian (Mellie), Joey, Kelsey (Sean). Proud great grandfather to: Liam, Abigail and Logan. Joe was raised in Niagara Falls, graduate of Huron College,University of Western Ontario in 1952. He dedicated his life to his Church. He served in many parishes in Ontario; St Augustine’s Hamilton, St David’s Welland, St James Dundas before being appointed Rector of Christ’s Church Cathedral and Dean of Niagara in Hamilton in 1973. In 1985 he was elected Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Toronto. He retired in 1993 but kept busy at many other parishes including twice as the Interim Dean at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. Joe was known for his leadership in the Canadian Church throughout his ministry, deeply involved in liturgical development including the Book of Alternate Services (BAS). Known for his sense of humour and his love of family Jo was our proud father, our doting Buppa… always wanting to counsel us through the famous Fricker fireside chats, hear of our adventures, share in our accomplishments and counsel us through tough times. Always happy and optimistic and whenever asked by family or friends how he was, he always replied, “I’m perfect” and to all of us he was perfect. May we ever grow and stay together with all the faith hope and love he had for us all. Funeral to be held at Christ’s Church Cathedral (252 James St. S. Hamilton), Monday November 5th, 11:00am Reception to follow in Myler Hall. Sincere thanks to all the nurses and staff at Joseph Brant Hospital and to Dr. Sun and Fornassier for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Alzheimer’s society of Canada. Online condolences can be made at www.dbburlington.ca
My name was Ian Hull when I lived in Dundas. (Graham is my mother's maiden name) My parents were John and Betty Hull. Jo Fricker would have baptized me when he was the Rector of St James Dundas. I also remember him visiting the Parish around 1986 shortly after his appointment as a Bishop. I heard of his passing at St George's Anglican Church in Barrie where I'm a parishioner . (Rector is David Warren) One of my sisters lives in Barrie as well. She is a fair bit older than me and spoke highly of Jochim. (She said, "What a shame, I always liked Jo'') My sympathies go out to all his friends and family. I was the youngest of three children, so I was only three when he left St James Dundas as Rector.
We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Fricker's passing. Sally Anderson and I remember him fondly during our Westdale High School years in the 1970's. The Fricker's home was often a hang out for we wild teenagers. We remember Mr. and Mrs. Fricker as warm, welcoming and endearing people. The world has lost a gentle man. Our sincere condolences to the Fricker family.