Longtime Lynnfield resident worked for IBM
ST. PAUL, MN — Malcolm “Mal” Fraser, 80, died at Carondelet Village in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 after a long battle with dementia.
Mal was born on Sept. 9, 1943 and grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He was a son of the late Walter and Caroline (Bilodeau) Fraser. Mal attended Lynnfield schools until the eighth grade, at which time he earned a four-year scholarship to Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. After graduation, Mal attended Williams College, joined the Navy, and went on to earn a Computer Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was proud to have worked for IBM for nearly 30 years as a computer programmer/systems analyst and also worked for United Healthcare in Connecticut.
Mal loved being a father to his two daughters and a grandfather to his grandson. One of his passions was soccer – from playing to coaching his daughters’ teams to refereeing games for players of all ages. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and loved rooting for the Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team.
Mal rarely missed any of his grandson’s soccer, basketball or baseball games.
In addition, he enjoyed playing chess, bridge and doing all kinds of puzzles. Mal had a wonderful wit and a dry sense of humor. Late in life, he found joy in singing.
Mal is survived by his loving daughters: Beth Fraser and her wife Pam Tatro of Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Alison Brown and her husband George of Enfield, Connecticut. He also leaves behind his beloved grandson, U.S. Navy EMFN Seaman Eric Tyler Fraser. Mal is also survived by his sister, Carol Kilroy of Lynnfield; two brothers, Laurie Fraser and his wife Mickey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; David Fraser and his wife Lisa of Toney, Alabama; and his ex-wife Constance Fraser of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins also survive Mal.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 at McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.