John Malcolm “Jack” Fraser, 88, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Clinton, N.Y., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at his home. He was known as a gracious and wonderful man, full of heart.
Fraser was born in Utica, N.Y., son of the late Robert Dobell and Gertrude Mae Fraser. His father was an alumnus of Hamilton College in Clinton and served on the college’s Board of Trustees. Throughout his esteemed career, he became the patriarch of the well-known Fraser’s Department Store in Utica.
Fraser was a graduate of New Hartford High School, Deerfield Academy, and graduated in 1951 from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he also excelled on the varsity basketball team. As a devoted citizen of his community, he was instrumental in the lives of many, coaching Pop Warner football and Little League baseball. He also served as president of the Clinton Athletic Boosters Club.
Fraser was a self-employed businessman, operating multiple service stations on the New York State Thruway for 40 years. He continued his quest of community and youth by providing summer employment for countless young men and women. Fraser was a devoted Friend of Bill W. for more than 30 years, continuing his passion to help those in need.
In addition to his parents, Fraser was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, Barbara Ann “Babs” (McCann) Fraser, in 1987; his son William John Fraser, in 2011; and his brothers, Robert Fraser and William Fraser. He is survived by his sister, Jean Fraser Leroy of Cortland, N.Y.; his loving wife and best friend in life of 28 years, Michael Ann (Kelly) Fraser; four children, John Edward Fraser and his loving companion, Georgia Ann Knapp, of Saginaw, Mich., James Jerome Fraser and his wife, Grace, of Lake Luzerne, N.Y., Jeffrey Paul Fraser of Broadalbin, N.Y., and Amy Jean Fraser of Whitesboro, N.Y.; three stepchildren, Diane Purcell and her husband, Thomas, of Dagsboro, Del., Anita C. Marini of Ocean View, Del., and David M. Marini of Dagsboro, Del.; 10 beautiful and amazing grandchildren; 10 precious great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Bethany Beach, Del. Another Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Clinton, N.Y., with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date. Details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, by visiting www.heart.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.