Charles "Lorne" Fraser
In loving memory of Mr. Charles "Lorne" Fraser who passed away on June 26, 2023 at the age of 91 years.
Lorne was born February 4, 1932 and spent his early days growing up in a small military family following his father who served in the Canadian Army. His family eventually settled in Fort William where Lorne then became a lifelong resident. As a boy, he attended Drew Street School and entered the world of work at a young age. He worked for a few different local businesses, including an ice company where he delivered ice blocks, as well as McKenzie Cartage. In the 1950's Lorne was recruited by the Great Lakes Paper Company where he worked for almost 40 years, retiring in 1989 as a Paper Machine Tender.
Lorne met and married the love of his life, Barbara Davenport, in 1953. Not long after, they settled into their home on Amelia Street where they resided for over 60 years. Lorne was a loving family man and was very proud of his three sons, Clint, Ken and Doug. With them he shared his love of hockey, eagerly supporting the boys during their games and taking them to tournaments near and far. He also shared his love of the outdoors. Lorne was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He had many outdoor adventures always returning with funny stories to tell. Without question, Lorne's favourite spot was at East Arrow Lake. His camp was his home away from home. Anytime he could sit on the deck overlooking the lake, he was in his paradise.
Contributing to his community was very important to Lorne and he was very involved with various organizations. He was a member of the Elks and happily supported the Elks Hockey Club. He served as President of the WestFort Maroons Hockey Club. He was also a member of the Lakehead Shrine Club and took pride in being part of the Shrine Motor Patrol. In addition, he was a longtime Mason with Kam Lodge #58 and in his later years, Lorne also belonged to the Arrow Lake Cottagers Association.
Lorne was a world traveler and he and Barb took many trips together. He especially enjoyed visiting Barbados, going on cruises to various destinations, as well as taking trips to be together with family across Canada and in England and Scotland.
Family and friends describe Lorne as very outgoing and as a proud Scotsman. He quickly made friends wherever he went, welcoming everyone with a joke or a laugh. He was willing to help anyone he could and always tried to make the best of life, even if his health presented him with challenges.
Lorne will be dearly missed by his loving wife Barbara with whom he celebrated 70 years of marriage shortly before he passed. He'll also be missed by his sons
Clint (Lisa) of Calgary; Ken (Rose) of Salmon Arm and Doug (Lynda) of Thunder Bay; as well as four grandchildren: Alexander, Zachary, Steven and Mary-Catherine. Lorne loved dogs and he leaves behind three special fur-friends, AJ, Dexter and Honey. Lorne is also survived by his beloved niece Donna Davenport, his godson, Alan McKenzie, longtime special friends Dave and Patty Cameron, and cousins Jack Fraser of Port Hope and Shirley Penney of Lindsay, ON.
Lorne was predeceased by parents Clint and Jeanetta Fraser, his father-in-law Tom Davenport, mother-in-law Barbara Davenport and by his dear brother-in-law Tom Davenport.
Lorne's family is very grateful to all of the many healthcare workers who were involved in caring for him during his final years. The compassion shown to him to ensure he was comfortable and as well as could be was truly outstanding. Of particular mention are the team at Paramed, especially Pierre, Lorne's family physician Dr. Heather McLean, Dr. Nigro, Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Ingvis, Dr. Holland, Dr. Gamble, Dr. Miller, all the staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, especially in the renal dialysis and intensive care units, the VON, the paramedics who attended to him, the staff at Chartwell Isabella and Amber at the Community Care Access Centre.
The outpouring of support to Lorne's family by everyone who knew him has been greatly appreciated. Such kindness has really comforted our hearts as we grieve this loss.
Cremation has taken place and as Lorne had requested, there will be no funeral service. A private family gathering to celebrate his life will take place at a later date.
Donations in Lorne's memory may be sent to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 575 Central Avenue, Thunder Bay.