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
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
Marie died on April 20th, 2020 in Toronto.