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Ronald Freeman Fraser

July 4, 1923 - April 17, 2013


Ron Fraser loved being outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, as a lineman for the CPR where he worked for 30 years, as long as he could be out in the fresh air he was happy. 

As a young man, he would cut school to go fishing and duck hunting on the Fraser River, or mushroom picking in the burnt patches beside the railway, bicycling home to his mother with his bounty. 

Ron Fraser was born in 1923 in Hardisty, Alberta to Grace and Daniel Fraser, who were homesteading in the area.  With his four siblings, Donalda, Roderick, Margaret (Peggy) and Ken, the family moved to Vancouver in the late 20s, where sister Ruth was born.

Ron joined the Canadian Army at the age of 17 and served as a motorcycle courier in England during World War 2. Ron married the love of his life Joyce Isherwood on May 13, 1950 and they lived to celebrate their 62nd anniversary in 2012. With their two daughters, Patricia and Colleen, they moved to Grand Forks, where the children enjoyed an idyllic childhood, and Ron could build their home — and then a cabin on Christina Lake where the family would spend their summers. 

Ron and Joyce moved to Nelson in 1973, and Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Kootenays.  Ron and Joyce made many friends in Nelson, he was a great raconteur and always had a friendly word for everyone. Ron called bingo at the Legion and the Eagles for years.

After Joyce was taken from him on Christmas Eve, 2012, Ron continued to live in their home, but his life was never the same.  After a brief stay in Kootenay Lake Hospital, Ron slipped away in the early hours of April 17, 2013, one day before his beloved Joyce's birthday.

Ron Fraser is survived by his daughters, Patricia (Cal Koat) and Colleen; by his sister Ruth Fox, of Courtenay, BC; by his grandchildren Morgan (Matt) Westcott, Tavis Blishen, Rhys (Kieren) Geisler, Chelsea Blishen; and great-granddaughter Fraser Westcott.  In  lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Home is the sailor, home from the sea.  And the hunter home from the hill.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: through the Legion

Patricia & Collen,
I am sad to hear of your Dad’s passing.I knew him very well when I worked at the Legion and he was on the Executive Committee. He was a joy to work with. He was so funny, dedicated, and got the job done with out any hassle. I loved the thorough, gentle way he dealt with matters. I could always count on Ron to see a project through using common sense. I loved that man for all of the goodness he spread into the world.
Knowing the relationship your parents shared I think it would have been hard for one of them to carry on without the other .
They seemed to complete each other. Therefore, I was not surprised to see him go so soon after his Joyce.
God speed, dear friend. I was honored to know you. Thank You for all you taught me about life.
Linda Zeznik

From: Arlene McMillin
Relation: Grand Forks connections

Of course, how could Ron go on without Joyce.. in this realm…..it is perfect continuance of love…blessings to Pat and Colleen and to their families, through this amazing time of transition…, Arlene

From: Teddy Stubbington
Relation: Friend of Colleen

Our deepest sympathy to all the family, you are in our thoughts and Prayers. May you take comfort in knowing Mom and Dad are together again. With our love to you all,
Art, Teddy, Bob & Hannah

From: Susan Mlynarczyk
Relation: long time admirer

Pat and Coleen. my condolences to you and your families. I am so glad for your father that he did not have to face life without your mother. They always seemed like a unit.Thank you both for sharing the two of them with me. Pat, your father stole my heart the night of the accident before grad, when he was so supportive and understanding. He loved you two beyond any description, his “Princesses”! You two have wonderful memories of your parents and you have shared the kind of love they gave you with your own families. That is the best tribute anyone can have, Sincerely, Sue (Simcox) Mlynarczyk

From: kathy john mullaly
Relation: k.mullaly@hotmail.com

my darling colleen and pat.
we are so sorry for your loss. we believe your parents are dancing together in heaven.
our prayers and thoughts are with you

From: Sheila (Okell) Ziola
Relation: we worked side by side for CP Tel

We met Ron & Joyce back in 1975 when I was pregnant with my first child. Ron worked with (my ex) Jim Okell at CP Tel. After my kids came along, Ron somehow became known as “Uncle Ron” to us. He always had time to chat & we enjoyed his jokes daily. It was always great running into Ron & Joyce in town after we all retired. What a birthday gift for Joyce. They are together again & may they rest in peace. Sheila & John Ziola (Holly Okell Jordahl, Clay Okell).

From: Gerrie & Dale Melnechuk
Relation: friends from the Legion

We (and in particular Gerrie) worked many hours with your Dad at and for Legion Bingo. He was always a charmer, full of fun and a quick wit… what a joy to work with. Your Mom & he shared such a beautiful relationship and I always enjoyed the humor and laughter that flowed between them. A difficult time for all of you but we know Ron & Joyce are happy together once again.

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