Mr. Donald Patrick Fraser, born on August 13, 1917 at Torquay, Saskatchewan, passed away on October 15, 2007 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C.Â Â He is survived by his loving wife Mary and his children Hugh (Helen) Fraser of Louis Creek, Linda (Phil) D’Entremont of Barriere, Dan (Joyan) Fraser, Shane Fraser and Sandy Fraser (Mourad Bashiri) all of Kamloops, fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.Â Don also leaves to cherish his memory his sisters Alice (Alan) MacDougall and Aileen (Adrian) Morneau all of Chase, his sisters & brothers-in-law Ann MacDonald, Charlie (Irene) MacDonald and Alma MacDonald all of Inverness, Scotland and Helen Mosdell of Louis Creek and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don was predeceased by his parents Bill and Jane Fraser, sisters Anne Murray and Lib Marcotte and his brothers Bob and Joe Fraser.
Don arrived at Adams Lake with his family in 1920 and grew up in the Adams Lake and Chase area.Â He enjoyed his education in the old one-room school houses developing a life-long passion for reading and reciting poetry, his favourites were anything by Robert W. Service and Sir Walter Scott’s “The Lady of the Lake”.
Â After high school, Don worked in the logging industry and really enjoyed making cedar poles and often talked about skidding poles with his favourite horse “Barney”. Dad had a life-long love for Adams Lake and enjoyed telling stories of the colourful characters who lived along its shores.Â Â He truly had an amazing memory and almost total recall of past events.
Â He served in the Canadian Armed Forces overseas from 1940 Â to 1946, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Mary MacDonald of Inverness, Scotland.Â He worked for the B.C. Forest Service from 1946 Â to 1965, stationed in small towns up and down the North Thompson Valley.Â He excelled at and enjoyed fighting forest fires and created life long friendships with his co-workers.Â Don finished his career with the BC Forest Service as Ranger Supervisor with the Kamloops Forest District, and teaching at the Ranger School at Green Timbers in the Fraser Valley.
After he left the Forest Service, Don began a career as Wood’s Superintendent at Holding Lumber Company from 1965Â to 1978, and loved travelling to work in his boat and locating andÂ laying out the Adams West Road.Â
Don Purchased the family farm in the Squam Bay Valley in 1963 and working with his family build it up to a 300 head ranch, on which he worked full time from 1978 until his “retirement”. Â At 90 years of age Dad still drove his truck and was vital and enjoyed life to it’s fullest.
Dad had a real connection with the land and nature, was a dedicated worker and took real pride in everything his did.Â He was a 10-year School Board Trustee and was on the inaugural council of Cariboo College.Â Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, poetry, history, story telling, traveling and horse racing.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Â and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A special thank-you to and the doctors, nurses and staff of the Royal Inland Hospital for all their wonderful care. Â The family extends a special heart-felt thanks to Linda Maureen Fraser for her love, kindness and exceptional help in caring for Dad during his time in the Royal Inland Hospital.
The Reverend Father George Le Grange celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church,Chase, B.C. on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Interment followed at the Chase Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, telephone 250-374-1454.