Leslie Fraser

I rise  to celebrate  the life of Leslie ‘Les’ Walter Fraser, born 22 July 1924, who passed away  peacefully  surrounded by family and friends on  27 January 2013. Les  was the youngest of the  six children of Edwin and  Florence  Fraser.  Edwin, a soldier for Australia during the Great War, was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign.

Edwin passed away, leaving Les at the  tender age of six to be raised by Legacy, an organisation which originated from  the  Great War, whose mission was to care for families  of  deceased and incapacitated  veterans.  A true local,  Les  was raised  by  Legacy in Essendon, was schooled at Aberfeldie Primary School, was a founding  member of the Doutta Stars Cricket Club and was a member of the Keilor East RSL for more than 60 years.

Les’s greatest passion was his family, including his wife of 66 years, Dawn, and their  four children: Ray, Ian, Peter and daughter, Jan, a  former mayor  of the City of Moonee Valley. Outside of family,  another  passion was travel. I recall over lunch at Keilor East RSL one day Les and Dawn sharing their stories with me of all the wonderful places they had visited and enjoyed together.

Les was proud of his military service to Australia.

A soldier in the 9th division of the 2/17th Australian Imperial Force battalion, Les served in Port Moresby and Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea and Borneo during World War II. During the  recent  Anzac commemoration service held at the Keilor East RSL, Les was appropriately recognised and remembered, with his  wife, Dawn, and daughter, Jan, laying a wreath in his honour.

Another passion of Les’s was politics. He was a staunch Liberal voter, and I  am reliably informed that Les  voted Labor only once in  his life — at the Niddrie by-election on 24 March 2012. But  more than for his vote, I am grateful  that I met and knew  Les. He will be  forever remembered as a gentleman  devoted to his family  and  a  stalwart  of  the  local community.  He will  be missed  but not forgotten.