Robert Douglas Fraser of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Montclair and Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, and the former owner of Bob Fraser Master Locksmiths in Montclair, died peacefully on October 13th at his home surrounded by his family. He was 77.
Mr. Fraser was born in Stanford, New York in 1944 to M. Douglas and Irene (Hedberg) Fraser. He moved to Jersey City as a young boy and graduated from William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City in 1962. He graduated from Pratt University before serving in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1968.
After returning from the Vietnam War, he married Trudy Camlin in Jersey City in June 1970. The couple settled in Montclair, where they raised their two daughters Kirsten and Megan.
Mr. Fraser owned and operated Bob Fraser Master Locksmiths (later Bob Fraser Security Center) in Montclair and started the business in 1976. He took pride in providing safety and security to the community, and his knowledge, experience and quality standards helped the company to develop a success.
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He loved helping others. The opportunity to meet new people and make new friends gave him great pleasure. After retiring in 2014, Mr. Fraser and his wife moved to Mt. Crested Butte to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.
Mr. Fraser was an active member of this community, which they lived in for more than six years until she moved to Iowa City in 2021 to be close to extended family and medical care.
Mr. Fraser was an avid nature lover, appreciated the natural beauty, and loved skiing, sailing, camping, traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends, for whom he particularly enjoyed cooking. Always ready for adventure, he was able to visit many different parts of the world throughout his life.
He was patriotic and proud to have circled the Statue of Liberty 25 times in an annual catamaran race on July 4th. Visiting national parks was something he put on his bucket list early on, and after retiring, he and his wife did just that in their RV.
Mr. Fraser has served with the High Life Ski Club, Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, Montclair Chamber of Commerce, and Associated Locksmiths of America. He was a past president of the New Jersey Master Locksmith Association and the North Jersey Master Locksmith Association. He volunteered for many organizations including Habitat for Humanity and various groups in Crested Butte.
Mr. Fraser leaves behind his 51-year-old wife, Trudy Fraser, of Iowa City; two daughters, Kirsten (Ben) Oldread of Crested Butte, Colorado, and Megan Fraser of Iowa City; three grandchildren, Wyeth, Nedda, and Anders; four sisters, Jackie Bryant from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Karen Fraser from Pittsburgh, Elaine Orzechowski from Little Falls, and Mary Swenson from Iowa City; two sisters-in-law, Janet Spanko from Thompson, Pennsylvania, and Nancy Rapp from Iselin, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends around the world.
He was preceded by his young son Ian, his mother Irene (Hedburg) Fraser, his father M. Douglas Fraser and his stepmother Margaret (Schlottman) Fraser in death.
His family held a private service; a celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Instead of flowers, commemorative donations can also be made to Habitat for Humanity of Gunnison Valley, 307 North Main St., Suite 2E, PO 1295, Gunnison, CO 81230.
Arrangements were made by Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City.