Long-time cottage Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser, a long time cottager who married into the Lloyd clan through wife Pat Lloyd, many years ago, and became a fixture on Steenburg Lake, died Sunday May 2nd, age 90.

Ian was a staunch supporter of SLCA, sat on the Executive for years and always put the interests of the lake first. He was my next door neighbour and could always be counted on to lend a hand as needed. Even when members of my extended family weren’t necessarily being that neighbourly, like group swims at 3 in the morning, he was good enough to roll with it.

Ian’s four daughters, Pamela, Alison, Margot and Jill, were raised on the lake, their children were/are being raised on the lake and the next generation has already started to continue that tradition.

In his work life Ian was a senior executive with Canada Life.

He will be greatly missed as an SLCA member, neighbour and friend.

Here is his obituary from the Globe and Mail:

On May 2, 2021 at the age of 90, D. Ian Fraser passed away in Toronto. Born in Perth, Ontario on February 20, 1931, only child of Donald and Doris Fraser. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia and daughters, Pamela Valentine, Alison Abou-Heif Ovenell, Margot Withey, and Jill Fraser. After obtaining a Commerce degree from Queen’s University, he joined The Canada Life Assurance Company and spent his entire business career with that company, retiring in 1995 as an Executive Vice President and Secretary of the company. He then served for ten years as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Sanitarium Association, continuing on the Board of Trustees for a further five years. While enjoying success in his business career, the focus of his life was always his family. Ski weekends in the winter and cottage life at Steenburg Lake in the summer were the foundation of his family life. Always an enthusiastic sportsman, he participated in football, hockey, squash, tennis, hiking, skiing, and canoe trips. Ian and Pat traveled to many countries and loved to share their favourite travel spot, Bermuda, with their family. Throughout his life, Ian was involved in various areas of community service, including Eglinton St. George’s United Church and Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto. He helped deliver Meals on Wheels well into his 90th year. The time he spent at the University Club included lunches, squash games and fitness classes, which eventually turned into a book club and lunches at the round table with his close circle of friends. Ian was a devoted family man who demonstrated warmth, humility, generosity and kindness in his daily life. He was always interested and involved in the lives of his four daughters and nine grandchildren. He kept up with them by attending their sports events and social functions, and staying current with the latest social media. Beloved husband of Pat, cherished father of Pamela, Alison, Margot, and Jill. Dear father-in-law of Scott Valentine, Phil Ovenell, Rich Withey, Richard O’Brien and the late Frank Abou-Heif. Loving grandfather of Andrew (Sara Valentine) and Peter Valentine; Justine (Yassine Khechim) and Charlotte Abou-Heif; Erica, Richard, and Thomas Withey; and Madeleine and Alexander O’Brien. Dear great-grandfather of Lucy and Samantha Valentine and Mateo and Paloma Valentine. We are grateful to have had him in our lives for so long. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Fraser Family Scholarship at Queen’s University, The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Child Haven International or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.



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