Brent Fraser

Nov 23, 2020

Belfast — Brent Fraser passed away Nov. 5, 2020, at home with his daughter Amy and two granddaughters at his side.

Brent graduated from Belfast High School. During high school he had worked at a local factory and at the Searsport docks. After high school he went to work on local tugboats. He took a job with a National Oceanic Survey boat out of Norfolk, Va. He worked as a deckhand and ran a 60-foot launch. He was trained to scuba dive and dove in waters from Florida to Maine as well as in the Caribbean. He did commercial fishing for scallops and worked on Pursuit boats.

After several years with away from survey ships, recovering from an automobile accident; he returned to NOA working on drag boats in the Gulf of Mexico. He left the survey boats and went to work for Allied Towing, going offshore on tow boats mostly from Maine to Florida, but also to Bermuda and the Caribbean.

While working on tugboats, he married Patricia Kirk of Rockland. Shortly after, they moved to Stockton Springs, where he sold cars in several dealerships. He worked on the oil rigs in southern Texas for a short time. He opened Fraser’s Auto and operated it for 15 years. He owned Maine Mercantile and Fraser’s Restaurant.

In 1997 the doors closed because of a fire and he began over-the-road truck driving. He worked for several companies until he bought a truck of his own and his own DOT rights. For six years, his wife traveled with him full-time, going all over the country. They traveled 49 different states together. He stopped driving because of heart problems.

He and I, his daughter, had written this before he passed, but he was so much more than his occupations. My father was a hardworking man who would work unbelievable hours. He had a huge heart and opened his home to others when it was needed. He taught many to drive. He stood on the side of right, even when it was not the popular or easiest choice. He was honest and direct. He loved his grandchildren and would bring them back things from his travels and would make special shaped pancakes when they spent the night.

He drove to Massachusetts to visit a granddaughter while she was in the hospital. He was there for three of their births. He gave to many different charities, including Operation Smiles and St. Jude’s. He took sole care of my mother as she battled dementia, putting his own needs aside. He loved to fly and had completed his solo flight.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, brothers and sisters, and by his loving wife of 48 years. He is survived by his daughter, Amy Carson, and her husband, Corey, of Pittsfield; two stepchildren, Brenda Varney of Florida and Raymond Trimble of Belfast; five granddaughters; and special friends Elmer Wayne Harvey and his wife, Joann, of Belfast, Doug and Carolynn Tosh of Arkansas, and Vince Perkins of Arkansas. He is also survived by half-brothers Douglas Fraser, Brian Fraser and Kevin Fraser; a half-sister, Lisa Fraser; a niece, Sonja Feero; and special nephews Jack Fraser and Monty Dunphy.

He will now rejoin his wife. His ashes have been spread with his wife's in Owls Head. At his request, there will be no funeral.

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