William Fraser

William Taylor Fraser

March 12, 1942 - December 31, 2019
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William “Bill” Fraser of Edgewater, MD passed away on December 31, 2019 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a short illness. An Annapolis area icon affectionately known as “Pops”, Bill was born in Washington, DC in 1942. After graduating from Anacostia High School in 1959, Bill accepted a position as an apprentice machinist at Harry Diamond Laboratories, now known as the Army Research Lab, and began an almost 60-year distinguished career as a U.S. Army Special Programs designer, inventor, manufacturer, fabricator, and production expert. Bill was a valued team member who mentored numerous young technicians and engineers. His knowledge of mechanical fabrication processes was unsurpassed, establishing a reputation as the technician who could do anything. He was recognized on numerous occasions for his accomplishments and received the prestigious U.S. Army Research Laboratory Technician of the Year Award in 2000.
His contributions were significant, and served to ensure the success of U.S. military operations and protect the lives of U.S. service men and women.
Bill was a unique and likeable character known for his sense of humor. His kindness and generosity touched many, and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Outside of work, Bill had many interests. He was always the go-to-guy for answers to a myriad of questions on how things worked and how they should be repaired. He was an accomplished amateur architect and home designer who built his own beautiful home. He enjoyed traveling, going to the movies, nighttime trips to the gym, and collecting coins and scale model cars. Lastly, he was also a renowned trivia player at Middleton Tavern’s Monday night trivia challenges. All of those interests, however, were surpassed many times over by a deep love for his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and lovable, fun-loving Grandad.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Grace Fraser and his beloved son, Kurt. He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 56 years, Rosemary (Twig); his sons, Keith (Lorraine) and Kris (Amy); his sister, Donna Cantor (John Pinney); his brother-in-law, John Thomas (Eileen); and his seven grandchildren who he was so proud of: Logan, Bailey, Elise, Christopher, Taylor, Jack, and Brody. He also leaves behind an extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and many GOOD friends.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill to Fish For A Cure AAMC Foundation to benefit the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at 2000 Medical Parkway Belcher Pavilion, Suite 604, Annapolis, MD 21401.
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    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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Jay Yaylor

Posted at 10:52am
It is with regret that I write this note. Bill was a good guy all the way back to AHS. He was my Captain in Cadets.
A hard working guy who took care of his family and especially my friend Rosemary.
I know he is a better place to make the time pass he quizzing everyone about Trivia as he looks down on our world .
Peace ,Love, Gods guidance as his family deals with the loss of there husband and Father

Sincerely Jay Taylor

Bill Allmon

Posted at 04:27pm
My sincere condolences to your family on your loss. Bill and I worked together in the 90's. He was great to work with and such a character. Bill Allmon

Harvey Burton and Sandi Mercier

Posted at 09:23am
Harvey and I offer our sincere condolences to Pops family and friends. Harvey’s first experience of Pop and Twig’s generosity was when they invited him to their family Christmas celebration in 2010 knowing that he was new to the Annapolis area and all alone. He was welcomed into their home like he had always been a part of the family. We always jokingly say that Pops friendly and outgoing nature was responsible for our meeting in Ocean City , MD and our subsequent marriage just a few years later. We’ll always treasure our memories of Pops.

ARL's Remote Sensing Team & Friends

Posted at 08:38am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Betsy Burnette

Posted at 03:23pm
Our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. I'm truly so sorry for your loss. Mr. Fraser always made me laugh and treated me like family.

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