Dr. Robert Nelson Fraser was born on the 18th of June, 1859 in Westmeath Township, Renfrew County, Ontario. His parents were Nelson Fraser and the former Margaret Kelly. Dr. Fraser’s father died just 6 months after he was born. Dr. Fraser had 4 older brothers; William, Thomas, George and Charles. His mother remarried when Dr. Fraser was 11 years old. She married Edward Thompson on the 27th of December, 1870 and they had a son, A.J. Thompson.
Dr. Fraser attended Queen’s University Medical School, graduating in 1884. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of April, 1884. Dr. Fraser worked as an assistant surgeon for the C.P.R. Lake Superior Division for a year earning enough money to further his medical studies in London, England. After completing his medical training in England, he set up his medical practice in Thamesville in 1886. He is listed in local business directories (1886, 1893, 1895 and 1900) as practicing in Thamesville. An architect, by the name of J.L. Wilson (& son) built a fine home for Dr. Fraser in Thamesville, in 1900.
He married Amelia Devlin on the 8th of May, 1894 in Unionville, Ontario. She was born on the 19th of August, 1867, the 11th of 12 children born to Hugh Devlin and the former Mary McCurdy. Her siblings were; Samuel, Ellen, John, Joseph, William, Hugh, Margaret, James, Mary, George and Elizabeth. Her parents were farmers.
Dr. and Mrs. Fraser moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1921. Dr. Fraser was a Councillor for the Municipality of Point Grey from 1925 to 1929. He served as an Alderman for 2 terms for the West Point Grey Ward. Dr. Fraser was a member of the Greater Vancouver Health League.
Dr. Fraser died in Vancouver on the 4th of March, 1940. Mrs. Fraser died on the 9th of March, 1959. They are buried at “The Abbey”, which is part of Ocean View Cemetery in Vancouver.