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A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

OBITUARY

Peter Frazer Smith

September 9, 1953February 3, 2020
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SMITH, Peter Frazer - We are saddened to announce the passing, on February 3, 2020, of Peter Frazer Smith. Born September 9, 1953 in Ramsgate, England to Joan and Ken Smith, he emigrated to Canada with his family when he was four. As a Forces brat, he lived in various places in Canada and Europe before finally landing in Halifax/Dartmouth, which became his home. Frazer had a passionate, impulsive approach to life. He took advantage of any opportunity that came his way and if it worked out, great. If it didn't, he just moved on to the next thing. He tried university, the Navy and the Reserves before finding his true calling as a computer programmer. He started with MT&T in 1978 and spent most of his career there until he retired at age 55. They were good years working alongside colleagues, many of whom became lifelong friends. Not someone who could sit still for long, he worked at a few jobs before settling in with Mariner Innovations until his second retirement in 2019. He had many interests, including winemaking, stained glass, photography, cooking, computers and motorcycles. But more than anything, he was crazy about his schnauzers, Toby and Zoey, and made sure they got their daily exercise, mostly in Shubie Park. He was a motorcycle instructor with Safety Services Nova Scotia. He loved nothing better than planning and going on long motorcycle trips across the States, including those he took with members of the Motormaids to their conferences. He did two cross-continent round trips and was preparing a third when he became ill. The family would like to thank all the medical professionals involved in his care – his family doctor, the emergency staff at both the Queen Elizabeth and the Dartmouth General hospitals, the ambulance paramedics, the nurses on the 11th floor of the Dixon Centre, and his doctors and nurses at the Oncology Centre. We would also like to thank the many friends who offered support. This contact, both in person and online, meant so much to him. He is survived by Laura, his wife of 42 years; his children Tamara (Alec), Amanda (Andrew) and Peter (Joanna); his brother Paul (Catherine) and sister Megan (Grant); his sister-in-law Janet and brother-in-law Brian, and Alec’s parents, George and Colleen. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Mattatall's Funeral Home in Dartmouth on Tuesday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, treat yourself to something nice. Condolences can be posted online to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com It's been a wild ride and he will be missed.

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  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Sandra Mayhew

February 11, 2020

Peter, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Sandra (Eva's mom)

Megan Loeb (Smith)

February 11, 2020

Frazer - You tolerated me when I was your pesky little sister. You let me hang out with your friends, tag along to folk festivals, bum your cigarettes, and borrow your car. You took me in when I needed a safe haven. You picked me up when I fell. You held me back when I wanted to run away.

I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living,
My brother you’ll be. - R. Munsch

Sarah Hoyland

February 11, 2020

Our uncle Frazer was kind, funny, and generous. We loved spending our summers in Dartmouth because Frazer cooked delicious meals and let us play all the video games; they were dream vacations for us kids. We cherish the times he came to Victoria to visit and the stories he shared with us. We will remember him for his cheerful energy and positive take on life. We love you Uncle Frazer.

Sarah and Elizabeth Loeb

Sabrina DeWolfe

February 10, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Frazer through the motorcycle training program. He was passionate about teaching and will be missed. Condolences to his family.

Jane Walsh

February 10, 2020

Smith Family -
I had the opportunity of meeting & working with Fraser at Safety Service. He was not only a mentor, but always pleasure to teach along side with.
My sincere heart felt and condolences.

Sincerely Jane

Amédée Aucoin

February 10, 2020

I , also worked at Aliant, with Frazer.
We would often run into each other at the Superstore where we would trade motorcycle stories. He always had just enough groceries to be able to fit onto his motorcycle. You will be missed, condolences to the family and friends. RIP Frazer.

Reid Stairs

February 10, 2020

I taught with Frazer in the motorcycle training program for a number of years. I enjoyed our many discussions about motorcycling and his love for his Honda Valkyrie! So sad to hear of his passing.

Tom Bayne

February 10, 2020

I first met Frazer in 1978 on an Atlantic Provinces Telecommunications Council computer billing project. In the years since we stayed in touch while living in different cities. To Laura and his children my condolences for your loss. RIP dear friend!

Lorne Abramson

February 9, 2020

Dear Tamara,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Lorne & Marilyn and friends at TAG.

Brent Conrad

February 9, 2020

I was shaken to the core hearing about the sad news last week. While it has been a while since I have seen Frazer, I have many cherished memories.
While at MT&T in 1993, Frazer and I – working with a like-minded “Skunk Works” team – introduced a new concept to the Executive called the “Internet”. Frazer had built and set up in his house, one of the first home Web Servers in Nova Scotia. People were blown away as no one had ever seen that before. Frazer was one of the NS Internet Pioneers.
For 3 months during the summer of 1996, Frazer (Whiskey 1) and I (Whiskey 2) spent 15 hr/day driving 1,300 km/day doing security duty along the South Shore during the MT&T work stoppage. Spending that much time together in a confined space you learn a lot about each other. Eating tended to break up the monotony. One day after looking at the back seat covered in food wrappers, I said to Frazer, “if this strike continues much longer, they’re going to have to cut us out of the car with the Jaws of Life”, as we were gaining so much weight. That was just one of a ton of laughs we had that summer. Each visit to the South Shore I am reminded of memories made with Frazer. As hard as that summer was being away from my wife who was pregnant with our first child, I would not have changed a thing.
Whiskey 1, you will be missed, happy coding in Heaven.

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