Joe Fraer, 73, died on Sunday, August 8, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton,
Massachusetts after a short illness. He was the loving husband of Cameron Fraer, and father of
Joseph W. Fraer of Euless, Texas, Matthew Hornick of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Allison
Vitonis of Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Son of Joseph Fraer and Kay Fraer, Joe was born in Merced, California into an Air Force family.
Joe spent his early years living with his family on multiple Air Force bases around the world. At
19 Joe joined the Air Force and served in the Vietnam War for two years. Upon discharge, his
training in the military led him to a career in the computer industry. As project manager for a
number of high profile companies, he traveled extensively. His most memorable position
involved living in Cairo for a year managing the Y2K electrical preparations for Egypt. At 60, he
retired and became a full-time grandfather (Gafa) to his beloved grandchildren.
Starting in Little League, and continuing through school and the Air Force, Joe was an excellent
catcher and was even scouted by the Giants as a high school senior. His love of baseball
continued throughout his life as an avid fan of the Dodgers and ultimately the Red Sox.
Joe was also an excellent self-taught cook and enjoyed creating his own recipes.
He is survived by wife Cameron; children Joe, Matt (and wife Karen), Allison (and husband
Jamie); grandchildren Hazel (12), Nora (10), and Jason (10); brother Sean; and many loving
extended family members.
He will be so missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation
(garysinisefoundation.org), a charitable organization that honors veterans and first responders.
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