Edward Peter Fraher III, 52, of Acton, MA died Sat. June 15, 2013 in his home from complications due to pancreatic cancer. He was born Jan. 19, 1961 in Philadelphia, the oldest of three children of Diane Holdridge of Ledyard, CT and Ned Fraher of in Tampa,FL. He attended Old Saybrook High School and graduated from St. Michael's College in 1983 with a BA in journalism. Pete married his high school sweetheart, Marcia Tasko, in 1982 and settled in Winooski, VT, where he worked for the Burlington Free Press as a journalist. The couple moved to Ferrisburgh, VT and started their family; two daughters Susannah, born in 1985, and Rebeccah, born in 1989. Eventually the family moved to Acton and Peter began a successful career in sales with 3M. He took up fly fishing in his later years, and also enjoyed bicycling and skiing. He was a lover of the arts as well. After developing pancreatic cancer, he fought for over two years before finally succumbing to his illness. He lived to see two of his grandchildren, Kaya (2) and James Peter (2 months). Peter will be remembered as a positive, active, family focused man who did his best to help others. He worked hard to ensure his family was secure and felt his love and how proud he was of them all. In addition to his parents, Peter is survived by the love of his life, wife Marcia; daughters Susannah Grady and husband Kevin of Watertown, MA, and Rebeccah Wilson and husband Robert of Acton; grandchildren Kaya and James Peter; a sister Amy Fraher and partner Kathleen Jones; a brother Timothy Fraher and wife Alyce; nephews Simon and Timothy Fraher; mother-in-law June Tasko; brother-in-law William Tasko and wife Janice; nephew and niece Jared and Sarah Tasko; and extended family. He was the son-in-law of the late Edward Tasko. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service Sun. June 30th, 2013 at 1:00pm at the West Acton Baptist Church, 592 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton, with Rev. Jeff Long-Middleton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to benefit pancreatic cancer research may be made to the Emerson Healthcare Foundation-Bethke Cancer Center, Attn. Development, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. More information and on-line condolences at www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from June 21 to June 28, 2013