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Robert Michael Frazier Jr.

Robert Michael Frazier Jr. Obituary
Frazier, Robert Michael Jr.
Robert Michael Frazier Jr., 86, of Phoenix, died peacefully at home with his family by his side, after nearly two years battling cancer. He now joins his wife Suzanne, who died earlier this year. Robert (Bob) was an inspiration to many throughout his life. He was a World War II veteran, devoted husband and family man, MIT graduate, extraordinary electronic engineer, trophy-winning sailboat racer and self-taught music man. Bob's family, extended family and friends remember him as a fun-loving, hard-working and intelligent person who led by example. He earned his moniker "Frugal Frazier" and yet he was a generous man. Born in 1927 in Winchendon, Mass., Bob left high school to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He attended the US Navy Special Electronics School in Washington D.C., then served in Guam as a Communications Tech. After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1949, Bob married Madeline Chenowith of Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Veterans High School in Washington DC in 1950. He attended MIT in Cambridge, Mass., worked and became father to three daughters until he graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Maryland, worked for Westinghouse and bought his first home in Ellicott City, where three more children were born. Bob lost Madeline to cancer in 1965 after 16 years of marriage. He met Suzanne Linden at a "Parents without Partners" meeting and they began dating. Suzanne had lost her husband in 1964 and had raised two children. Bob "dined and danced her" into marrying him and becoming mother to his six children (after multiple proposals) in 1967. The family moved to Arizona, where Bob began his long career with Motorola. Among many career accomplishments, Bob became a member of the Motorola Scientific and Technical Society, the Association of Old Crows and Toastmasters. He retired in 1991. He was known on Lake Pleasant for winning many sailboat races and first-place trophies in his Catalina 22 Class Action, first with his partner David Shapiro, then with his daughter Maureen. Even at age 84, he earned 2nd place in the 2011 Spring Series. He was a member of the Arizona Yacht Club and volunteered in many roles including Treasurer. Bob and Suzanne also enjoyed summers at their home "My Blue Heaven" where Bob often "schooled" his children in the art of throwing horseshoes. In the last years of his life, Bob was completely devoted to the care of his wife Suzanne until she died earlier this year of heart failure at age 92. The family wishes to thank Reflections Hospice and all the CNAs who helped us care for Bob in his home until his death. Robert is survived by: his sisters Betty and Mary and his brother John; his children Kathleen Urso (Jeff), Diane Frazier, Suzanne Harbster (David), Maureen Rojas (Rudy), Daniel Frazier (Diane), and Sherry Frazier; stepchildren Denis Broderick (Wendy) and Mikel Sykes; grandchildren Tina Urso-McDaniel (Chad), Jennifer Urso, Johnnie Reardon, Christine and Christopher Harbster; and step grandchildren Bryce and Kellan Broderick. For information about services, contact a family member. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on June 16, 2013
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