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Marie & Neil Fraser

Marie and Neil Fraser at Inverlochy Castle near Fort William
Neil & Marie Fraser

Instead of the usual text about the Frasers you can hear Neil being interviewed on the Andy Ross Show on Moray Firth Radio on August 27, 1997.

William Neil Fraser May 25, 1932 - March 26, 2017 With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, William Neil Fraser on March 26, 2017 in Kamloops, BC. Born May 25, 1932 in Vancouver, BC, Neil started a paper route with the Vancouver Province in 1942 and paraded with the Seaforth Highlanders, rising to Drum Major. Graduating from Kitsilano High School in 1950, Neil joined Deeks-McBride (Lafarge Cement) as an office boy and quickly climbed the corporate ladder. Neil married Eleanor Shipman and over 12 years welcomed Gordon, Alan, Katherine and Ian into the family. In 1971, Neil took a position in Toronto with the Masonry Contractors Association of Canada. In 1984, Dad met and married Marie Helm. They both enjoyed traveling, family history and the game of golf and were good companions. Dad and Marie ran the Clan Fraser Society of Canada for many years and donated the Society's substantial archival and genealogy papers to the University of Guelph in 2015. In 1990, Neil was appointed to the Ontario Labour Relations Board, a job he was proud of and continued until his retirement. Neil was strong, witty and intelligent. He will be greatly missed.

Neil was predeceased by his parents Katherine and James, brothers Jack and Ross, sister Barbara and son Gordon (2005). Neil leaves his wife Marie Fraser (and brother-in-law Val Helm), son Alan Fraser, daughter Katherine Roberts (Derek), son Ian Fraser (Christa), 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A memorial will be held in Kamloops at the Hillside Cemetery on June 30th at 1:30 pm, followed by a reception at his daughter's place.

Contact Katherine at 250-573-2576

See also Favourite Children's Poems of W. Neil Fraser

I might add that I have discovered that all the archives Neil and Marie gathered over many years were left to the Scottish Studies Center at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Marie also contributed some 46 articles to us over a period of years on the Fraser connections.

Marie died on April 20th, 2020 in Toronto.

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