Patricia Rose Fraser

March 10, 1957December 18, 2020

Patricia Rose Fraser was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 10th 1957. Her parents, Josephine Margaret Fraser and James Warren Fraser brought Patricia up in Massachusetts and Maine. They were the best parents in the world. Patricia gave her whole life to Union Mutual Unum Life Ins. Co. for 35 years. She was promoted from clerk, to handling disability claims, to manager, to auditor. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Patricia was married to Robert Henry Charlton for 13 years. She was responsible for the failure of that marriage.

Patricia was loved and married to Richard James Burgess for seven years, until things failed. The marriage produced a daughter, who was born 3 mo. early and weighed 2.2 pounds, named Deborah Elise Burgess. Patricia had cardiac arrest, seizure, and coma for two days after the birth.

Patricia had Thrombocytosis, since 1990, endured two separate years of Interferon treatment, and bone marrow biopsies every 6 mo. for ten years. She further underwent Venofer Procrit treatment for anemia. Patricia was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a terminal disease, where the bone marrow turns to scar tissue in 2009. Patricia was evaluated for a bone marrow transplant but declined due to the low chances of success. She was on various chemotherapy for that condition. Patricia was reluctantly forced into disability in Sept 2010.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Deborah Elise Burgess, her brother, James Michael Fraser, and her old friend Annette Marilyn Lawrence. Patricia, a lifelong introvert, spent most of her time alone. She recommends any parent with a shy only child expose them to weekday daycare, team sports, and instruct the child in social skills before it is too late and they die alone.

Patricia loved singing and acting after being on the Broadway stage to collect autographs after Cats. She was in the play, Renee at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, and the Best of Broadway in 92 at the Portland City Hall Auditorium. Patricia was a published poet and had written much of her own autobiography. She met Christopher Reeve. She went to Europe two times, Quebec, New Brunswick, Mexico, all the states alone the eastern seaboard and California.

Due to Patricia’s lack of friends a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth. Maine. Burial will take place in Moss Side Cemetery in Cumberland, Maine, where Patricia grew up from 3rd grade until high school.

Please send roses to the Lindquist funeral home in Yarmouth, ME, Saturday December 26th, 2020. Her middle name is Rose. No white roses as white means death. Please send donations in her name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, for Myelofibrosis research.

This obituary was written by Patricia Rose Fraser.


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Ellen Robinson

December 29, 2020

Although it's been many years since we spoke, I was so saddened to hear of Pat's passing. She was a kind and caring woman. I wish we had gone on that trip to Iceland like we dreamed about when we were young. She probably would have enjoyed the hot springs! My condolences to those she left behind; she will be missed by many.

Babette Raines

December 29, 2020

Although I didn’t live in the same city as Pat, I worked with her for several years during her audit years and always enjoyed our interactions. I flew to Portland for business trips and had the pleasure of meeting her In person and having dinner with her a couple of times. Sending heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones.

sue Griffin

December 27, 2020

I started at unionmutual as a kid right after Pat started both in medical benefits in the 70's. We ended up working together in ID benefits for a couple of years in the early 80's. i had great respect for her drive and determination to work, get a college degree and balance home life. That's a lot to juggle but she did it. And how i used to love running into her at the Hallmark store in the mall the day the after xmas to get the bargains. With her little daughter along with her...
i hope you are comforted by knowing coworkers cared and respected her.

kim davis

December 27, 2020

I am so sad to hear this. Although I left UNUM and we lost touch, I always considered Pat a friend. She knew me best by Kim Piper. She sat across from me when I first started in ID. She helped me learn about claims and ID. I remember her as Charlton, Fraser and Burgess. She was shy, but we always talked and laughed. I never saw her as shy as she describes. I am sadden to hear of her struggle with her medical condition. Her incredible courageous and honest obituary is pure Pat. To her family, please know that all of us who worked with her at UNUM, her friends, are mourning with you. She was a great lady. I hope she can rest in peace.

Bob Parks

December 25, 2020

Deborah, I am so sorry for your loss. There were so many of us who worked with your mom for many years and have fond recollections of her. I am happy that she is now at peace.

Robert Charlton

December 25, 2020

I am very sorry that we didn't sit down and hash out or problems you were a great lady

Carolyn Corliss

December 25, 2020

I wish to send my deepest sympathy to Pat’s daughter, Debbie. I worked with Pat in Benefits for over 20 years and found her as a very dedicated employee, always striving for excellence. However, foremost, Debbie, I recall Pat’s beaming face when she spoke of you or if I asked about you. We all are very sorry for your loss and hope you have many memorable moments to provide solace during this difficult time.
With my sincere condolences,
Carolyn Corliss

Leanne Holmes

December 24, 2020

Oh Pat! How sorry I am to learn of your passing and of all that you have been through. I enjoyed the years we worked together at Unum. You were my first ‘senior’ when I joined the Benefits department in 1989, teaching me the ins and out of the job. You knew it all and you were so patient. I always think of you to this day when I write because it was you who removed the word “THAT” from all my letters. Rest In Peace, Pat. And, my sincere condolences to your daughter and to your dear friend and our co-worker, Annette.

Lisa Hall

December 24, 2020

I worked with Pat at Unum & appreciated her patience & knowledge. As a new claim manager I wondered if I would ever get the hang of it & how I could possibly know as much as her. I am sorry for your loss.

Cynthia Bellefountaine

December 24, 2020

I worked with Pat for many years and my fondest memory is at a Unum Christmas party when several of us sang karaoke. I am saddened to learn of her passing and hope she is at peace.