Terry Lee Frazier
October 31, 1947 – August 21, 2020
The mountains and hiking trails of New England will be a little emptier now with the sudden passing of Terry L. Frazier 72, a longtime resident of Westmoreland, NH, on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, NH.
Terry was born to Richard W. and Pearl M (Manning) Frazier, on October 31st, 1947, in Swanzey NH. He was a 1965 graduate of Monadnock Regional High School where he competed in cross country and pole vaulting for the track and field team.
He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17, serving two tours in Vietnam; November 1965 – 1966 with the 1st Air Calvary and 1967 – 1968 with the 82nd Airborne which formed the 503rd Airborne infantry at Fort Bragg, N.C. During his service he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for heroism for meritorious actions on September 3rd 1966. Terry also received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on October 2 1966.
A nomadic personality, Terry was never one that could sit still. He was an avid hiker, climbing Kilimanjaro, and completing the 100-mile wilderness trail in just 4 days. He enjoyed driving cross-country, taking long rides on his Harley and reminiscing about days he used to pilot airplanes. He established his "roots” in Westmoreland, building his own home, where he has enjoyed the solace of his surroundings for the past forty years.
An astute businessperson, Terry placed his skilled hands and mind into many ventures in his life. Since a small child he was involved in Frazier and Son the family business. Over the years he became well known for his problem-solving abilities as well as his perfectionist standard of quality. These skills enable him to own his own countertop business, manage rental properties as well as becoming the “go-to” person for many friends and family.
Terry received a Bachelor of Science Safety degree from Keene State College. This knowledge was instrumental in teaching others the requirements of safety in the workplace, providing his expertise to the staff at the Hinsdale, NH Paper Mill, and at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. He also taught motorcycle safety classes to those learning to ride motorcycles in the State of New Hampshire.
The greatest gift Terry routinely provided to those he cared about was his ability to be an active listener. This, coupled with his natural problem solving abilities, created many friendly and insightful conversations and sometimes several good life lessons for those in his company. He will be greatly missed by many, especially his two sons, Cain Frazier and his wife, Heather, of Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, and Charles Frazier and his wife, Lynn, and grandsons Izaac and Thomas Frazier of Enfield, Maine; his siblings, Jeanne Drugg, of Fitzwilliam, NH, Jay Frazier and his wife, Dorothy, of Chesham, NH, Raette Trombly and her husband, Arthur, of Keene, Kathy Frazier, of Spofford, NH; his longtime companion, Jane Nolan of Daytona Beach, FL; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and extended family members.
A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 12:00 to 4:00pm at the Keene State College Camp on Wilson Pond, 19 Page Court, North Swanzey, NH. Family and friends are welcome to attend and are required to wear facemasks to protect all those attending. In addition, due to social distancing guidelines, attendees may be required to be outside under the pavilion and should dress appropriately for the weather.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Terry’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675; or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115.
A Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Terry Lee Frazier
September 27, 2020
To the Terry Frazier family,
I will miss Terry. He was a remarkable man who was always willing to help anyone. Once my husband passed away, Terry stepped up to help me with various projects around my house. After bringing his own tools on many occasions, he provided me with my very own toolbox filled with the essentials. He said "women got to have tools". He made me laugh and made me think about life from a different perspective. I miss his kindness, his generosity and most of all, his friendship. He was a very good friend.
September 1, 2020
To the Frazier family,
I was saddened to learn of Terry's passing. I worked with Terry at the Cheshire Medical Center and always knew that whatever project we worked on, I could cross it off of my worry list. Terry had a sense of personal excellence that is unparalleled. The obituary was spot on - he was astute, skilled, and a problem solver. When he left the Medical Center he told me he had a bucket list, things he wanted to do. I was heartened to read that he was able to do those things. It sounds like led a full life and hiked Kilimanjaro, and not surprised he completed the 100 mile wilderness trail in 4 days. I send condolences. Terry was a good person and a great colleague.
August 29, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frazier family in the loss of Terry. He was an American hero...and a great person. I got to know him first through Fraziers furniture. My wife and I got a chance to sit down and visit with him about 7 years at Wendys in Keene...Terry will be missed by many .
Steve and Janet Hadd
August 28, 2020
My heart goes out to the Frazier family for the loss of Terry. We graduated high school together, but I have known Terry and his siblings and Mom and Dad since we were little children. I spent a good many days down at the old box shop. I remember him as a hard working, strong person.
May God give you comfort and peace in your time of need as you grieve the loss of Terry.
Annie Dandy (Perley)
August 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to all of Terry’s family on the loss of such a great man. Terry gave great hugs and always met me with a smile. He was such an amazing Grampa to Izaac and he will be greatly missed by all. I know he wouldn’t want us sad for too long so I’ll try my best but I wish he wasn’t gone. The last text he sent me was saying that I’m a good mom and that I have the son to prove it - thank you Terry - we love you and will miss you so much. Annie and Izaac
August 27, 2020
Very sad to learn of the passing of my neighbor and long time friend. During my Keene Fire years I worked with Terry often on Cheshire Medical issues and his energy and dedication were well known and admired. I will miss him riding by my home on his beloved Harley...letting me know he had returned to town from wintering in Florida. He was unique...I enjoyed knowing him. My condolences to his family.
August 27, 2020
I worked at the hospital when Terry was there. He was a great person to know. I used to tease him about his corvette. He will surely be missed. Hold onto your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You are in my prayers.
August 24, 2020
Our fathers, Dick and Jinks used to sit in a restaurant in Keene and talk about WWII. Years later Terry and I sat in that same restaurant and talked about our days in Vietnam. He was a good man and I’m proud to have known him. My condolences to you all.
August 24, 2020
There were few men like him. He was one of America's best: a Purple Heart, Bronze Star soldier who fought in the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, helped created several businesses, had 2 amazing sons and more importantly never stopped discovering the world and all it's treasures. He built his house to his desires, lived his life his way!
He loved his family, more than he could ever say and was proud of his heritage. He used to hunt with his grandfather and felt it important to make sure one son kept those memories alive & carried his name. The other son he wanted the name to make someone pause and look in his eye. "Nobody should say his name and then move on." That's the way Terry felt about so much of what he did.
He had dear friends he kept for his life time - a life well lived, from a family well respected. There is no better a life well lived.