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#166285 - 07/20/12 01:39 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: dcuny]
sinbad Offline

Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 672
Loc: Germany
Very sad news indeed. He seemed a nice guy, always helpful and friendly.
My condolences to his family and friends.

#166286 - 07/20/12 02:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: sinbad]
Keith from Oz Offline

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 2173
Loc: NSW Australia
Although I didn't have any interactions with Ian, I always enjoyed reading his posts, and he seemed like a really nice guy. May he Rest in Peace.

#166287 - 07/20/12 02:50 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Keith from Oz]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12724
Loc: Australia
When I saw the post, I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was quite a shock. Ian was a great person to know. I had an awful lot of respect for him and I'm going to miss his virtual self around these forums. My prayers are with his family.

Rest in peace, Ian.

#166288 - 07/20/12 02:51 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Keith from Oz]
Pat Marr Offline

Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7482
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
what an unexpected reminder that life is temporary for all of us. Ian was enthusiastic about life and about music. He was one of the most congenial people on the forum.. I can't think of one time when he had a disagreement with anyone. Put me on the list of people who will miss him. Dang, I really hate this.

#166289 - 07/20/12 05:39 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Pat Marr]
martin57 Offline

Registered: 06/10/06
Posts: 74
Loc: Manchester UK
Very sad to hear this, Ian was indeed a great guy, got a shock too when I read it. I remember when I posted about my hearing problem and Ian was very willing to help, could even introduce a bit of humour into it, when he stated.

"Cheers All - I'll see you at the battery counter"

R.I.P Ian


#166290 - 07/20/12 06:48 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: martin57]
George Nelson Offline

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 1139
Loc: Scotland
I was very saddened and shocked to hear that Ian had passed.
My thoughts go to his family at this difficult time.

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#166291 - 07/20/12 06:54 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: George Nelson]
Ryszard Offline

Registered: 09/28/07
Posts: 3897
Loc: Kennesaw (Atlanta) GA
I don't recall that I ever interacted, either, but I had tremendous respect for Ian based on his thoughtful posts, which I usually read just because they were his. The loss of such a highly regarded forum member will leave an empty spot for many of us. I send my condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
"My primary musical instrument is the personal computer."

#166292 - 07/20/12 10:30 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Ryszard]
eddie1261 Offline

Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 4073
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
We had quite a bit of conversation based upon Ottawa being my favorite city in Canada. We talked about the restaurant on top of the hotel that rotated, about the madness of Grey Cup weekend I saw when I played there, the place I played, Gatineau park, the short drive over to Hull Quebec where things went on until 4am.... very pleasant, friendly guy. We will truly miss him.

I remember joking with him about curling, asking him "Isn't that ice clean enough that two people need to sweep it like that?" and "When curling is out of season, do the broom guys work part time following the elephants around at the circus?"
I don't fear deep water as much as I fear shallow people.

#166293 - 07/20/12 12:18 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: eddie1261]
Don Gaynor Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7703
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
I, being the son of Canuck parents, felt a license to give Ian "both barrels" and he responded in kind. We had many fun exchanges by PM. He was always the gentlemen and loved to verbally spar with me. I will sorely miss those wonderful exchanges with a wonderful, giving, loving human being.

#166294 - 07/20/12 02:49 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Don Gaynor]
John Conley Offline

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 8333
Loc: London, Ontario, Canada
Ian was profoundly deaf in both ears, and what little hearing he had was leaving.

His illnesses required a lot of medications, and we talked about our 'stuff'.

We marvelled together at the fact that we'd be broke if we had to pay medical bills.

I was cognizant of the Ottawa Valley music, part Irish part whatever. The guys who built the Rideau, and logged the area.

I suspect Ian had a stroke or heart problem and his worn out body had had enough.

Yesterday was a very bad day. The light was poor, it rained, and I had Ian weighing on my mind.

Ian loved Stan Rogers. I listen to Stan's brother now, he's part of the eastern Canadian folk scene. This weekend is our Homecounty folk festival, I don't know if Garnet Rogers is on the bill or not.

I suggest you listen to the following, for I know we discussed 2 of these, and how we'd arrange them.

The Mary Ellen Carter (stan rogers)
Northwest Passage

BUT you should listen to the sea shanty Stan wrote when dared to try to write one:

Barett's Privateers (Sung in almost every pub in Canada...)

Stan died at 33, sitting in a plane on the tarmac in Cincinnati when it caught fire.

RIP buddy. I'm keeping the last PM..
John Conley
Musica est vita

#166295 - 07/20/12 06:46 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Tommyc]
DennisD Offline

Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 317
Loc: BC Interior
R.I.P. Ian Fraser. I only knew Ian through the Forum posts yet I feel I have lost someone I knew personally. Maybe because forum posters "cut to the chase" on most issues I feel a kindred spirit with them. Ian was a gentleman and his contributions will be missed. My condolences and regards to his family and friends. DennisD
There are only 3 kinds of musicians: those that can count, and those that can't!
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#166296 - 07/20/12 07:14 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Danny C.]
Don Gaynor Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7703
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Mario, do we know his obit yet? May we post our comments in his guestbook somewhere. I haven't seen anything in the newspapers yet.

#166297 - 07/20/12 07:15 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: ROG]
Gary Curran Offline

Registered: 01/07/02
Posts: 10059
Loc: Poulsbo, Wa 98370
A sad day to hear this. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and to all of you, as well.

Rest in peace, Ian.


Edited by Gary Curran (07/20/12 08:09 PM)
Music touches everyone, and everyone can touch music, if they wish.

#166298 - 07/20/12 08:16 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Tommyc]
GHinCH Offline

Registered: 01/08/10
Posts: 1486
Loc: Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Desktop; i7-2600k, 8 GB mem., Win 10 Pro, BIAB 2017; RB 2017 - latest build
Laptop: i5-2410M, 4 GB mem, Win 10 Pro, BIAB 2017; RB 2017 - latest build

#166299 - 07/20/12 08:45 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Ian Fraser has passed [Re: Tommyc]
Mike sings Offline

Registered: 03/09/07
Posts: 1336
Loc: Friesland, The Netherlands
Man, this sad news. Ian will be missed indeed.

How fragile we are

My condolences to Ians loved ones.

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