Obituary: William J. Frazier, Jr. ‘Bill'
William J. Frazier, Jr. “Bill” — A devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill died on January 27, 2018, at home, surrounded by his family. Humility, compassion and love were values he upheld everyday.
Bill was born on December 1, 1932, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Brown University in 1955, where he was a member of the crew team and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, followed by service in the United States Navy on a destroyer based in Japan. In 1960, Bill earned his Master’s of Business Administration at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill met his wife Jane in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; they moved to Darien in 1970, and raised their three children while Bill worked in finance for more than twenty years in New York City. He ended his career at Lummis & Co in New Canaan, Connecticut, which gave him the pleasure of working with a talented and entertaining group of young colleagues.
Service to the community played a major role in Bill’s life. He gave tirelessly to others through many worthy causes: leader of the RCIA program at St. John’s Parish, Eucharistic Minister at Atria Darien for more than twenty years, referee for Youth Hockey until his retirement at age 82 and captain of one of the Senior Men’s Tennis teams at The Middlesex Club.
For years Bill was a loyal supporter of the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Grand Opera. He was an avid sportsman, participating in hockey, tennis, biking and skiing. However his greatest joy was spending time with his four grandsons.
Mr. Frazier was preceded in death by his parents, William Jay Frazier and Dorothy Louise Conger and his brother Douglas Lee Frazier.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Grathwohl Frazier of Darien; his children, Susie Frazier Healey and her husband Brendan of Wilmette, Illinois; Ann Frazier Straub and her husband, Chris of Rye, New York; and William Jay Frazier of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; four grandsons: Liam and Duncan Healey and Christopher and Nicholas Straub; and brother Roderick Marshall McNealy of Princeton, New Jersey.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation or Darien EMS-Post 53.