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Friday, 14 February 2014

WITH HEAVY HEARTS, STEAM ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF ALEX FRASER

It is with heavy hearts that the Summerland Steam announce the passing of former player Alex Fraser. Alex passed away in hospital on Tuesday, February 11th, at the age of 18 years old. Alex will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, compassionate, loving person who was known for his positive attitude, electric smile, and his quiet and thoughtful nature. He was known in the hockey community as an exceptional sportsman with undeniable talent and a knack for making people smile.

Alex will forever be a part of the Steam family and will be remembered by his teammates as not only a kind person, but a true friend. His teammates would describe him as a quiet and thoughtful guy with an unparalleled sense of humor, and he will be missed dearly.

In the midst of a busy weekend with 3 games, the Steam will board the bus tomorrow morning (Saturday) and attend Alex's funeral services (details below) before travelling to Princeton to face the Posse tomorrow night. They will then return home to play another home game on Sunday, February 16th vs the North Okanagan Knights.

The Steam will hold a moment of silence in remembrance of Alex Fraser before their home game on February 14th against the Kelowna Chiefs. Alex had many friends on both teams and will be missed by all. There will also be a donation box set up at the front door of the Summerland Arena, with the proceeds being given to Alex's family to help with funeral costs.


OFFICIAL OBITUARY:

"FRASER, Alexander 'Alex'
September 4, 1995 - February 11, 2014

A kind, compassionate, loving son and brother, Alex was bom in Penticton, BC and passed away unexpectantly at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 18. Alex was an exceptional athlete in both baseball and hockey who was driven by a passion to be the best at whatever he did. All of the Westside Minor Hockey knew him for his exceptional skills as a defenseman along with his on-ice humour. He was truly loyal and dedicated friend who brought joy and laughter to everyone he met. His smile was unforgettable and will live forever in our hearts.

Alex had recently been accepted in the Electronic Engineering Program at Okanagan College and had looked forward to eventually attaining his goal of a Bachelor of Applied Science at UBCO. Alex had a true love of life and followed a variety of interests looking to see where the future would take him. He loved the simple things in life; fishing, kayaking, building fires at Eagan Lake, wake surfing with friends, snowboarding, building his man-cave, rib nights at Kelly O'Byans, movies with friends and quiet times spent with his dogs and cat, Baron, Bullet and Bella. Alex was always sunounded by a close group of friends who shared many laughs and adventures with him. He had recently begun working at London Drugs where he found a real focus in leaming the many aspects of the retail world.

Alex will be forever loved and remembered by his parents, Stuart and Julia Fraser, his young sister Emily, Grandma Julia Pickard and Nana and Papa, Brian and Ruby Fraser. His sense of humour and quiet, thoughtful nature will be forever remembered by his godparent and cousin Sophia Betegh, godparent and aunt Janet Fraser, his uncle Brent (Karen) Fraser and cousin Aidan, aunt Heather (Dennis) Dunbar cousins, Christina, Elizabeth and Sarah, his uncle Robert and by many other great aunts, great uncles and second cousins. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting HansonsFuneral.ca

A prayer vigit witt be held 7:00 P.M., Friday February 14,2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 2547 Hebert Rd., West Kelowna, BC

A Funeral Mass will be held l:00 P.M., Saturday February 15,2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 2547 Hebert Rd., West Kelowna, BC

A Celebration of His Life will be held 3:30 P.M., Saturday February 15,2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Gymnasium 2547 Hebert Rd., West Kelowna, BC

Arrangements entrusted to the care of HANSONS ARBOR WESTWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 250.768.370"