Beverley "Bev" Fraser
Best friend and beloved husband of Doreen Fraser (Hall) for 69 years, loving father of Diane Sloat (Paul Shouldice), Jane Walker (Randy) and Brenda Kemp (Barry Ames), cherished son of the late Arthur and Flora Fraser, brother of the late Bill Fraser, Howard Fraser and Jean Miller. Survived by grandchildren Jeffery Drysdale (Lynn Highly), Katie Drysdale Bates (Tyler), Michael Cole (Shari), Scott Cole (Allie), Mackenzie Kemp (Cheyanne Almeida), Tessa Kemp and Alexandria Walker. Cherished great- grandfather of Kennedy, Jack, Liam and Brielle Cole.
Bev grew up in Galt, Ontario where he worked at Scroggins Shoe Factory and enjoyed playing baseball on the company team for many years. He loved to play hockey and speed skating as a younger man. When the opportunity came he purchased Gold Room Shoes in the downtown core. After that he used his talent and skill of woodworking doing home renovations. Among his accomplishments he helped build the sanctuary at Lincoln Ave United Church and his own home on McKenzie St. All the while Bev was most known for his wonderful baritone voice. He sang in Variety Shows at Lincoln Ave Church, church choirs and the Fleming Gray and Cambridge Male Chorus’ for over 52 years. As an accomplished soloist he sang at first and second generation weddings and funerals and in 1964 for Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Cambridge.
Bev loved being outdoors which showed in the well-groomed gardens and pool in his backyard. He kept physically active by walking and swimming. He never lost his love of sports and continued to cheer on his grandchildren at their soccer, hockey and ringette games.
On Bev’s wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and family for visitation on Friday May 3rd at 10am followed by a memorial service at 11a.m., at Cedar Hill United Church, 241 Cedar St., Cambridge. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bev’s memory may be made to Cedar Hill United Church or Innisfree House, hospice in Kitchener.
Friday, May 3, 2019