BOWDOIN – Roy Charles Fraser, Bowdoin’s oldest citizen, age 96, died at his home on Tuesday, June 2.

He was born Nov. 14, 1912, in Oakfield, a son of Charles W. and Theresa Parker Fraser. He attended schools in Oakfield, West Gardiner and Washington. He married Dorothy Shepard, the mother of his children, in 1931. She died of tuberculosis in 1937.

He worked as a shoe cutter for several companies, beginning at RP Hay and Shoe Co., Gardiner. He worked for many years at Bath Iron Works, and also had his own farm in Bowdoin where he raised and dealt cattle and traded horses. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially while hunting and fishing.

He was a member and deacon of the Brunswick Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Brunswick, as well as a volunteer at the Adventist Community Services Center, Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Moore) Fraser of Bowdoin; daughters, Beryl Karkos and husband, George, of Lisbon, Barbara Bryant and husband, Herb, of Lisbon Falls; sister-in-law Dorothy Fraser of Gardiner; a very devoted nephew, Linwood Fraser and wife, Joyce, of Randolph; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, George Fernald and wife, Isabell, of Waldoboro, Mary Speicher and husband, Hal, of Robesonia, Pa., David Fernald and wife, Patty, of Fort Kent and Joanna Fernald and fiancé, Steven Perkins, of Topsham; and six step-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by a daughter, Erma Downs; a sister, Mary Emery of Gardiner; a brother, Arthur Fraser of Gardiner.

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