Robert James Fraser
October 4, 1932 – June 6, 2020
ROBERT (BOB) JAMES FRASER, also known as Scotty to many of his friends, passed peacefully on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario after a lengthy illness. Bob was proud of his Scottish heritage. He loved to talk about his youth in Glasgow, Scotland, and the life he had there with his now deceased mother, Selina Hughes and her late husband Danny Hughes.
After arriving in Canada Bob enjoyed a long career of over 40 years with CP Rail where he started at the ripe age of 19. He worked and trained over the years and retired from his career with CP as a conductor on the freight-cargo trains. He had many railway stories to tell his family and friends. One of Bob’s great passions was helping others. He spent time helping many of his co-workers in the EAP program, as well as providing good solid advice to family and friends.
Bob was known for his spirited personality. He enjoyed making people laugh. He was an avid reader and had many interesting stories about his life experiences. He was a loving husband to Lillian for over 37 years. They enjoyed many memorable adventures together on road trips across Canada and throughout the United States. Many casinos were visited along the way for some fun and action, as well as many stops to do some fishing and outdoor cooking. Bob and Lillian also enjoyed travelling to hot destinations during the winter months. Bob loved a good meal and he especially loved Lillian’s homemade bread. Bob was noted for his mean turkey soup which was always a family favourite.
He will be missed very much by his children: Sons Allan and Glenn, Daughters Linda, Elizabeth and Judy, Daughters-in-law Barbi and Valerie, and Sons-in-law Richard and Fin. A loving Poppy Bob to his grandchildren Crystal (Larry), Eric (Taryn), Nicole, Kevin, Ian, Adam, Sarah, Selina (Dakota) and James, as well as his several great grandchildren.
Poppy Bob will be missed by all his family members, and will always be remembered in their hearts. He will be laid to rest at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery on Friday, June 19, 2020 with limited family members in attendance as permitted.
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Robert James Fraser
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July 8, 2020
I have many fond memories working with Scotty as a brakeman for CPR out of Toronto...most notably when we locked ourselves out of our caboose at the North Yard in Oshawa working a yard job and asked Scotty (who was the Conductor on a passing E/B freight train) over the radio if he had a spare set of keys? Scotty told his engineer to slow down so he could hand off the keys - the engineer was too heavy on the brake and throttle and tore the train in half right before our eyes! We managed to repair the damage and finally got Scotty underway - although there were some choice words transmitted over the radio by Scotty to his hogger over that one!
RIP old Conductor...condolences to family and friends.
Myra and Almo Cooper
June 13, 2020
To the Fraser and Bennett families.
Bob was very special to our family. We have so many wonderful memories of him. His love of good food, especially lasagna and pineapple refrigerator dessert and his story telling are just a few of the things we adored about him. We always felt special around him and we were certainly his “family”
May you all find comfort from one another in these difficult times and know that he is smiling down on you.
Mark & Jackie DosSantos
June 11, 2020
Al, Glen and all the Fraser clan, Mark and I want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Bob was an awesome man and I loved listening to his Scottish accent, always made me homesick. He will be missed by all, your family is in our thoughts.💖💖