Millicent June Frazer (nee Black). June 15, 1933 – September 13, 2015
With sadness and love, we say farewell to our Mom and Oma. We believe we all strive to live a good life, and Mom did just that. June was just 19 when she left Creston, BC to begin an exciting life with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Arriving in Vancouver by train, she had to ask for help to use the escalator, something she’d never seen. Travelling to Ontario for basic training was an adventure in itself, the training and military lifestyle agreed with her and she excelled. Then she met a young pilot officer named John Loughton Frazer, and although they weren’t supposed to fraternize, the heart knows what it wants and eventually they became engaged. Mom had to leave the RCAF, and her career as a military wife began. A year after the wedding, their son Brad arrived, followed by daughters Lee and Kim, and another son Drew – each born in a different province. The exciting life Mom dreamed of became a reality with postings all across Canada, France, Germany (twice), Norway, the US and Africa before Dad retired in 1986. Throughout Mom maintained her interest and activities in various voluntary capacities including Girl Guides, horseback riding for kids with physical challenges, and women’s issues.
They took advantage of their postings and saw as much of the world as they could, making friends all along the way. Settling on Salt Spring Island, they built their home and continued building their reputation as warm and welcoming hosts as many friends visited and enjoyed the wonderful food, wine and company. Full retirement wasn’t to be and as with their military life, Mom’s support was critical to Dad’s success as he then took on politics and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. Mom looked after things on Salt Spring Island, including volunteering at Seniors for Seniors and the Movile Mammography Screening Clinic. Mom was predeceased by her son Drew in 1984, her grandson Paul in 1998, and her husband in 2012.
By this time Mom was battling Alzheimer’s in addition to other health issues and after Dad’s passing, she moved to Victoria to be closer to family and care. June has been a good friend to many, an amazing Mother to her children and a fun and loving Oma to her grandchildren. June’s final years were not easy and she missed Dad terribly, but she carried on stubbornly, often with humour and a twinkle in her eye. Special thanks to Mom’s caregiver, Meah, who looked after her so well, and the Palliative Care Team.
June is survived by her son Brad (Susan) Frazer, daughter Lee (David) Valentine, daughter Kim (Kelly) Mann, her brother George (Barbara) Black and her sister Betty Smith, half-siblings Emily, Henry, Maggie and Jackie, her grandchildren: Scott, Amy, Spencer, Marites, Lindsay and Rodel, as well as great-granddaughters Bella and Chloe.
Celebration of life, Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm, First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive. No flowers please, donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Society or Hospice greatly appreciated.
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