Anita Fraser (nee Shea) R.N.

September 15, 1932 to May 2, 2021


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Anita Fraser RN (retired), aged 88, passed peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s on May 2, 2021. Predeceased by her parents, Michael A. Shea and Ellen Shea (nee Evans); her four siblings, Dermot Shea (Madonna), Joan Sparrow (Robert), Mary Bromley (Patrick), and Bernadette Shea; and her daughter, Dianne Smith QC (Harold).

Left to remember her fondly, her sons Dr. David Fraser (Ontario), Ian Fraser (British Columbia), Glenn Fraser (Ontario), and Dr. Scott Fraser (United Kingdom); many loving grandchildren; her niece Gillian Sparrow (Terry) and grand niece Allison Anderson (Tom), who provided support and comfort to Anita throughout her illness; as well as many other nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

Anita will be remembered as a proud graduate of the 1953B Nursing Class at the General Hospital School of Nursing, and a caring resident of 25 Tiffany Lane. To the end, both of these communities were of great importance to her, and her love of connection and people were evident in both.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 7 at 2PM from The Carnell Memorial Chapel, with internment to follow at Belvedere Roman Catholic Cemetery. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

In lieu of flowers, Anita’s wish was that we each perform a kind deed for someone in her name.



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Anita’s family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Amen Anita . I loved working with Anita a fine lady and nurse. Sandra Locke

To Glenn and all of the Fraser family, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Your house was one of the main gathering places for all of our friends throughout grade school, high school and university and your mom was always welcoming to all of us. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Dearest David, Ian, Scott, Glenn, Harold and Family,
Saddened that read of Mrs. Fraser’s passing, may we respectfully pass on our deepest condolences. As we knew your mother from our childhood until now, I will forever miss her kindness, her zest for life , her stoic nature that was truly contagious. We have met many times at different places whenever I came home to visit. I will cherish those memories and her legacy will stay safely in my heart until eternity, God love you all❤️ Sam and Judy

To All The Fraser families ,
Peace and prayers to you all in this lifechanging time. Memories are full of The Frasers … one of the shananagin hangouts of the Crescent. Mrs.Fraser, always a strong pillar for her family and a well respected l RN and loving mother. Peace… thinking of you Ian.

Dear Anita,

We will miss you very much. You have been a source of light and happiness for our family. My mother, who is Ayon’s grandmother, adored you and loved you as a true friend, with whom she could share her her thoughts and feelings. You will remain a towering, inspiring friend for my mother. Goodbye and you will remain sweet and adoring in our memory and in our prayers for ever. Kalam and Nasima Shahed

My heartfelt condolences to the Fraser family and friends! Mrs (Anita) and I had many lovely chats in recent years and she was a wonderful neighbour on the crescent. May she Rest In Peace.

Dave, Ian, Glenn, Scott, Harold and Families,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences in the passing of your beautiful mother/mother-in-law/grandmother.

I have fond memories of Mrs. Fraser from my years when Ian and I were “hanging around” in the mid-seventies. She was a warm caring woman who exhibited such gentle strength and encouragement to everyone she met.

Please know that I keep you all in the forefront of my thoughts.

To…the Fraser family. I remember Mrs. Fraser very well..She was a good nurse…treated everyone with respect..and had a smile for everyone.

Anita Fraser was a beautify person in every way. My parents we good friends with Anita and I had the pleasure of enjoying her company on numerous occasions in my younger days. Her smile and enthusiasm were infectious. She was indeed a very special person and my sincere condolences to all of her family.

deepest condolences to the family,I worked many years with Anita at the Miller Center,,may her memories be a blessing to all her family, friends and former co-workers ..

To the Fraser Clan,
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. What a beautiful person see was. Your home was always open to all the kids in the neighbourhood and your Mom genuinely cared for all of us. Her passing closes a chapter on many great memories of growing up on Smithville. Cres. Kindest regards.
Dean MacDonald

I worked with Anita many years ago at the Miller Center, and remember her kindness, sense of humour and genuine care for the patients. My sympathy to the family.

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda (Coleman) and Mike Sutherby

To Gillian and family,so sorry to hear that Anita has passed away. She was a very special friend and neighbor to me at Tiffany Lane. She will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I am sending sincere sympathies to you and your family and the Fraser and Smith families.

To The Fraser Family, Sincere Condolences on the passing of your love one Anita. I worked with her for a number of years at The Miller Center. After retirement she would kindly gift us a Christmas care package every year, she kept doing this until she never recognized any familiar faces. It was so thoughtful of her to keep it up for so long but always thought of the ones still working during the holidays. May your memories sustain you at this difficult time. Rest Peacefully Anita.

I met Anita at Burger King a few years ago. She became a good friend to me, after my husband passed away. She would come and sit with me after she had eaten her breakfast. A lovely caring woman.

Dave, Ian, Glen, Scott and Harold,
Sending sympathies to all the family. Mrs. Fraser was a kind and welcoming soul toward me all my life, beginning with my earliest memories as a young child. She was a gentle giant of a woman, and I know that memories of her strength and kindness will be a comfort to you as you say good-bye.

Harold, Anna, (Ayon) and Jason
So sorry to hear this morning of Anita’s passing. She was a strong, independent and kind woman. Like Dianne, she handled life’s problems with dignity and grace and always appeared to be more concerned about others than herself.

Gillian and Dave

Harold, Anna, Ayon and Jason,
We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Fraser’s passing. We both enjoyed chatting with her over the years and admired her independence. Thinking of all of you in this difficult year. Lorna and Jeff

On behalf of the members of the General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, I wish to express our deepest sympathy at Mrs. Fraser’s passing. She was regularly seen at the annual Alumni dinner and supported Alumni activities.
When we are able to resume our annual dinner, Mrs. Fraser will be remembered in the roll call and moment of silence for deceased graduates. Her name will also be recorded in the Memorial Book for deceased graduates.
Sincerely, Jeanette Walsh, on behalf of Robert Meadus, President, General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.

Dear Harold, Anna and Ayon, and Jason,

We were very sorry to hear of Mrs. Fraser’s passing. She was a kind and caring mother and grandmother and we have many happy memories of time spent with her. She will be missed.

Jan and Gus Lilly