After a long and active life, George Corwin Fraser II, 93, passed away on April 29, 2014, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. He was born on September 28, 1920, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Byron Harry and Emmaline Preston Fraser, and was the youngest of seven children.
The Fraser family left their wheat farm in Manitoba in 1922 and returned to Detroit, Michigan, where George was raised. George was a mid-year graduate of Northwestern High School in January 1938, and immediately went to work for the Canteen Company. After a successful decade with the company, George began his life insurance career and shortly thereafter, entered the agency management program of the Aetna Life Insurance Company. He spent the remainder of his career as an insurance executive in Michigan and Oregon.
George and Barbara moved to their vacation home in Gearhart, Oregon, after his retirement from the insurance industry in 1988. George met Barbara Robson on Palm Sunday, 1938, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and they were married there on June 24, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan. They were happily married for almost 75 years.
George is survived by his wife, Barbara and his three sons George Corwin Fraser III (Laurel), Michael Robson Fraser (Pamela) and Bruce Allan Fraser (Margaret); his ten grandchildren Tamara, George IV, Aimee, Eric, Robson, Richard, Maya, Christine, Holly, and Patrick; and his ten great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen Anne Fraser, and his great-granddaughter, Madelyn Anne Fraser.
George accomplished many things over his lifetime and was active in many regional and national insurance industry organizations. However, he was exceptionally proud of his association with the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Elected as Michigan state president of the Jaycees in 1948, he led a food drive that resulted in the donation of three shiploads of food to communities in France.
George loved deer and elk hunting in the Blue Mountains and trout fishing at the Moon Hole in Central Oregon.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Church, Astoria, Oregon, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. There will be a reception following at the Astoria Country Club.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Jaycees International Foundation, 15645 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO, 63017.
The family wishes to express its thanks to the physicians, nurses, and nursing assistants who cared for and prayed with George during his illness.