James MacKenzie Fraser

Fraser, JamesHUDSON FALLS – James MacKenzie Fraser, 90, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on February 1, 2018 in Albany, NY surrounded by family.


He was born February 25, 1927, in Hudson Falls, NY, the son of Hugh and Barbara (Steven) Fraser.

A member of the Hudson Falls High School class of 1944, Jim graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in 1950. As a veteran of World War II, he was a grateful beneficiary of the GI Bill. During college, Jim married the girl of his dreams, Claire Ruth (Carleton), and shared 66 years of married life, until her passing in 2015.

Jim was the son of loving immigrant parents, and he was ever-proud of his Scottish ancestry. Jim worked for 40 years as a civil engineer in the construction industry and then, during his retirement, as the assistant produce manager at the Cleverdale Country Store.

In the late 1980’s Jim converted the summer home on Echo Bay of Lake George to the home he and Claire would retire to for over 20 years. In addition to entertaining many at Lake George, Jim and Claire enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren and travelling (three trips) back to Scotland during their retirement years.

Above all else, Jim’s greatest interest in life was his family, who has cherished his love, dedication, loyalty, wit and wisdom.

Along with his wife and parents, Jim was predeceased by a sister, Agnes Sanford.

Surviving Jim, are his children Judith, of Queensbury, Scott and his companion, Christine Burke, of Queensbury, Bruce and his wife, Kathleen, of Queensbury, Andrew and his wife, Suzanne, of Boxford, MA, Peter and his wife, Cheryl, of Queensbury, James, Jr., and his wife,  Jessica, of Weston, FL; grandchildren, Justin (Katherine), Heath, Dean (Alexandra), Mackenzie, Heather, Brittany, Rory, Meredith, James III, Luke and Benjamin Fraser; and great-grandson, Hudson Fraser. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls


Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, at the Hudson Falls First Presbyterian Church on the park in Hudson Falls.

Burial will at a later date at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward with, full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Hudson Falls American Legion, Post 574, 72 Pearl Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Hudson Falls Presbyterian Church, 5 River Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

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5 Responses to James MacKenzie Fraser

  1. Rick Dolan says:

    Mr. Fraser (I affectionately & respectfully called him “Senator”) was a people loving, life loving, family loving Patriarch of the Lake George area Fraser clan who always treated me as if I was part of his clan. A beautiful man from the Greatest Generation lost to a better place. Condolences and love from the Dolan family.

  2. Neil Muscatiello says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a gentle soul who loved his family first and foremost. His enthusiasm was boundless. I especially remember Jim and Ruth routing for the wrestling team and supporting all the wrestlers. I enjoyed my conversations with Jim and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see him again at last year’s Fraserfest at Echo Bay. Bless him and all of you.

  3. Jane Perkins says:

    Scott and Christine,

    Sorry to read of your losing your Dad Scott—
    I know you both through The HFUMC–luncheons and your friendship with Dot and Cliff–

    Sending thoughts and prayers–

    Jane Perkins

  4. Edward Ranney says:

    To the Fraser Family,

    We are sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will always remember him taking us out on the lake in the old CrisCraft boat. Your parents were special people who always made everyone feel welcome. They will be missed!

  5. Robin and Cliff Fuller says:

    Scott we are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know from experience that no matter how old you are you are never ready to say goodbye to a patent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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