Thomas Bernard Fraser Jr. of East Falmouth died at home November 27 at the age of 90.
Born in Boston, he was the son of Annie T. Fraser and Thomas B. Fraser Sr. He graduated from Rindge Technical School in 1947.
Mr. Fraser enlisted in the US Army in 1948 and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was discharged from military service in 1952.
He and Irene Rita York were married in 1953 and made their home in Hyannis, where Mr. Fraser worked as a linotype operator at The Barnstable Patriot and the Cape Cod Standard-Times.
Over the years, the family lived in West Yarmouth, Winchester and Tewksbury as he took jobs at the Record American, The Boston Globe, The (Lowell) Sun, Harvard University Press, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Wolf Composition and the Malden Evening News.
Mr. Fraser was a typographical union member for his entire career and served as a union shop steward.
He loved books, especially historical writings, and was a history buff. Museums and historic sites were part of the itinerary during vacations.
He found his greatest recreational joy in ice skating and hockey. He played for Rindge Tech, the US Army team in Alaska and also the University of Alaska, and for Barnstable Hockey Club in the 1950s. He coached youth hockey in Tewksbury, and coached for many years in the Cape Cod Women’s Hockey League.
Following Mr. Fraser's retirement, he and his wife traveled the country in their RV. They moved permanently to Falmouth in 1999.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, he leaves a sister, Margaret Bowles of Holliston; six children, Brian Fraser and Thomas B. Fraser III, both of Salem, New Hampshire, Neal Fraser of Methuen, MaryAnne Kulis of Falmouth and Linda Fraser Patterson, both of Falmouth, and Douglas Fraser of Orleans; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert Fraser; and by his sisters Brenda Rigney and Frances Caminiti.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 5, from 3 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be said Friday, December 6, at 9 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial will follow at 10:45 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.