Sunday, April 14, 2024

Alexander Fraser, Jr.

In the loving arms of family, Alexander “Al” Fraser, Jr. peacefully passed away on February 27, 2024, at the age of 87. Al’s journey commenced on February 18, 1937, in East Orange as the cherished son of Alexander, Sr. and Thelma Louise (D’Aule) Fraser.

Growing up in West Orange, Al’s life intertwined with destiny as he grew up across the street from his future wife, Anne Beverly Fraser. Their love story blossomed and endured throughout the years, creating a bond that lasted a lifetime.

Al proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1959 during the Suez Canal Crisis. As an AG3 Aerographer Petty Officer aboard the USS Randolph, he demonstrated unwavering dedication and courage.

Following his military service, Alexander pursued a career in mechanical engineering. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp in Newark and lent his expertise to Avon Products, Inc. Additionally, he provided consulting services to various companies, showcasing his talents and passion for innovation.

Upon retirement, Al was a member of the security team at the Flanders Valley Golf Course. It was a position he enjoyed, allowing him to engage with others while taking pleasure in the beauty of the outdoors. He frequently was visited by wildlife while tooling around on his golf cart during breaks.

Al had many interests, one being a fondness for cars, particularly Corvettes, and proudly owned a 1982 model. Drawing from his Navy days, he embraced sailing and found solace on his sailboat, and enjoyed the freedom of the open water while socializing with fellow sailors. Music was another passion of Al’s, and he played acoustic guitar. He shared this love of music with his family and friends, creating lasting memories. Together with his beloved wife, Bev, he traveled and explored the landscapes of Scotland, Italy, France and other destinations. He was known to be seen in his cowboy hat and boots.

Alexander Fraser, Jr. will be remembered for his kindness, his sense of humor and his unwavering love for his family. He leaves behind a legacy of dedication, service and passion for life that will continue to inspire those who knew him.

He was survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Anne Beverly Fraser, who followed him to his final destination just days after his passing. He is survived by his cherished daughters, Lisa Benedetto (Marc) and Lynn Blades (Gary), and his grandsons, John Wrobleski (Jenn) and Alexander Wrobleski.

A memorial service to celebrate Alexander Fraser, Jr.’s life will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Newbaker Funeral Home located at 200 Rt. 94, Blairstown. Flowers are welcomed and if so inclined, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, honoring Alexander’s memory and continuing his legacy of service and love of country.