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Born: Jan 05, 1930

Date of Passing: Nov 01, 2002

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VALERIE GEORGINA FRASER On Friday, November 1, 2002, with her husband John (Jack) by her side, Valerie Fraser passed away at age 72 at the Health Sciences Centre. Valerie was born in Regina on January 5, 1930. She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Jack Fraser; and her children, John Fraser and Lisa Fraser-Gilmore (Darrell) and by the three treasured grandchildren, Tyler, Hannah and Harrison. Also left to mourn is her brother Jack Ryder (Micky) of Winnipeg and her sister Carol (Len Huber) in Kelowna, BC. She was predeceased by her mother, Anne Evans, in 2001. Valerie met Jack in Saskatoon at high school and they married on June 21, 1952. They later moved to Winnipeg where they lived most of their adult lives. They also spent a considerable amount of time at their Lake of the Woods home, where they developed many lasting friendships. They also developed and maintained many friends around and beyond Winnipeg, having lived in and visited many cities and countries through Jacks business career and travels. Val, as she was known by her friends, was a tireless volunteer in the community and cultural affairs of Winnipeg and Lake of the Woods. She was an active volunteer of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1963 to 2000. During that period Val served as President of the Board of Governors, President of the Volunteer Committee and as Volunteer Manager of the Gallery Shoppes. She was the Founding Chairperson of the WAG Fantasy Auction, the Art Gallerys main annual fundraiser. In recent years, she served as the Chairperson of "Starry Starry Night," the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations annual fundraiser. She also served on the board of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation and, during the time that she resided in Toronto, was an active volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum. Prior to these activities, she assisted such organizations as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Childrens Theatre and St. Johns Ravenscourt School. As "Queen of the Glue Gun", she made an increasing contribution to the success of the annual Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club Auction. She was the consummate professional and gave each activity her undivided time and attention to see it through to a successful conclusion. Val was a very energetic, resourceful and supportive mother, wife and friend to all, her passion for living and creating were unsurpassed. Wherever she travelled and whomever she met, she always left a strong impression with those whose path she crossed. She will be greatly missed by all her wonderful friends and colleagues. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Andrews River Heights United Church, Oak and Kingsway, Winnipeg, followed by a celebration of her life at the Manitoba Club, 194 Broadway (parking available in the Wawanesa Mutual Life parking lot after 4:30 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that if friends so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. The family wishes to thank all of Vals friends for their kind and thoughtful support over the past few months, as well as the staff at CancerCare Manitoba. THOMSON FUNERAL CHAPELS 783-7211

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 04, 2002

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