CORNWALL, Ontario – A couple with Cornwall roots is in mourning to start 2016, following the tragic passing of their two-year-old son Wyatt.
Josh and Stacey Fraser lost their son Wyatt to complications arising from viral pneumonia on Dec. 29.
Jan. 1 would have been his third birthday.
The Cornwall couple often drew strength from their little boy, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth.
“I think it’s just as rewarding, it’s just different,” said Josh of being a prent to a special-needs child in a feature Seaway News completed in October. “We do what he needs and we figure out how to work around it. It really does change your perspective on life…for the good.
“It really changes what you kind of think as being important in your life. We had a chance to move far, far away (for work) but we turned it down because it wasn’t the right thing for Wyatt. Everything we do now, we do it for him.”
The Frasers were born and raised in Cornwall but now make their home in Belleville. They continue to family members and many friends who live in the Seaway City.
Many of those supporters have leapt to social media to express their sorrow at Wyatt’s passing.
“Your love and strength as parents and partners is an inspiration,” wrote Amanda Patino. “Your special little man touched more people than he could have possibly known.”
Funeral services for Wyatt will be held Jan. 9 at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville, 201 Church Street. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the service at 1 p.m. A reception will follow.
Donations may be made to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation/Kingston General Hospital Pediatrics Department.