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Posted by diane fraser on August 31, 2021
Loudon’s Scottish Ceilidh celebration of him was a success, with 107 people (at least that’s how many signed the guest book, there might have been more) coming to love and celebrate the Scotsman.

The piper stood in the front yard piping a greeting to the guests as they arrived, got food and drinks and signed the guest book. 

Then they added a rock to Loudon’s cairn under his walnut tree. We built the cairn on top of a lock of his hair which we buried there first. People added all kinds of different rocks…some hand painted, some from special places. I have been writing a little love note on a rock each day since and adding it to the cairn. A year from now there will be 365 more rocks there. 

We also had three easels full of Loudon’s favorite sayings…we call them “Loudon Fraserisms”…things like, “You look like a glass of water to a man who just walked off the Sahara Desert” and “I wish I felt as good as you look “and “I thought all the angels were in Heaven”… there are so many of these that he was famous for, and Heather printed them all up. People put checks after ones he had said to them and it was fun to see all the checks and realize how many people had listened to and loved Loudon’s silly patter.

In the back yard we had the two Scottish flags hanging on the deck and two television sets playing slides of Loudon. We also had so many beautiful cards from people honoring him that we displayed them all by hanging them on the clothesline.

After awhile we had everyone come to the back yard and Heather, as a wonderful MC, told the crowd how Loudon had always said to us that he wanted Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes at his funeral. So Heather, Loudy and I all stood together as the piper played that song. It was very sad and emotional, but also a beautiful moment.

Then the piper played “Auld Lang Syne”, and his sister, Margare,t came up and joined us and led the singing as everyone held hands and danced it together. That was a lot of fun and everyone got into it.

After that Heather told a fun story about her dad…then Loudy did…and then Heather invited other people to come up and tell stories too. There were so many fun, funny, kind, wonderful stories that were shared. It was just like Loudon would have wanted...and also very impressive as to how many people’s lives had been touched by him.

The party went on for quite awhile…and towards the end about forty of us all walked up to the graveyard to visit him there. That was a nice grand finale.

The only thing to make this celebration of Loudon’s life better would be to have had hiother two sisters and brother there too. But they were there in spirit…and Loudon knows that.

The only thing to make the party perfect would be to have had it be his 90th birthday celebration and him there with us too. But…

I love and adore my husband, Loudon, so very, very much. I am thankful for our fifty seven years of love and marriage we had together, I am thankful that he always made me feel cherished and loved, I am thankful for the two wonderful children he gave me, and I am thankful for him making it possible for me to be a part of the Fraser Clan family. And I miss him more than I could ever have imagined. 

Here’s to Loudon Hamilton Fraser…unique, the one and only, with his big smile and twinkling eyes, and fun and mischief, and flirting, and kindness and generosity…and love … so much love …for all of his family. Missed so awfully much by us all.

                          
Posted by KATHY MCCABE on August 21, 2021
Loudon was bigger than life full of life stories, jokes and laughter. The twinkle in his eyes could be matched by none. His mischievous nature made a lasting impact on whoever passed his path. Looking forward to his celebration of life as it is bound to be quite the celebration as that is exactly what Loudon would have wanted. Can't wait to hear the bagpipes as we celebrate the life of one fun and crazy Scotsman.
Posted by Drew Martin on July 11, 2021
He was a Glaswegian-Whidbey Island Flirt.My very special Scottish friend.

            Yer No Awa Tae Bide a Awa.

You might be gone-You will never,ever be forgotten.

Tha goal agam ort, Drew
Posted by Jenny Campbell on July 8, 2021
Loudon was a lovely man with a wonderful sense of humor! He and Diane made our family feel like we were a part of their family!
I will miss his smile, winks, and laughter! He was one in a million!

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Posted by diane fraser on August 31, 2021
Loudon’s Scottish Ceilidh celebration of him was a success, with 107 people (at least that’s how many signed the guest book, there might have been more) coming to love and celebrate the Scotsman.

The piper stood in the front yard piping a greeting to the guests as they arrived, got food and drinks and signed the guest book. 

Then they added a rock to Loudon’s cairn under his walnut tree. We built the cairn on top of a lock of his hair which we buried there first. People added all kinds of different rocks…some hand painted, some from special places. I have been writing a little love note on a rock each day since and adding it to the cairn. A year from now there will be 365 more rocks there. 

We also had three easels full of Loudon’s favorite sayings…we call them “Loudon Fraserisms”…things like, “You look like a glass of water to a man who just walked off the Sahara Desert” and “I wish I felt as good as you look “and “I thought all the angels were in Heaven”… there are so many of these that he was famous for, and Heather printed them all up. People put checks after ones he had said to them and it was fun to see all the checks and realize how many people had listened to and loved Loudon’s silly patter.

In the back yard we had the two Scottish flags hanging on the deck and two television sets playing slides of Loudon. We also had so many beautiful cards from people honoring him that we displayed them all by hanging them on the clothesline.

After awhile we had everyone come to the back yard and Heather, as a wonderful MC, told the crowd how Loudon had always said to us that he wanted Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes at his funeral. So Heather, Loudy and I all stood together as the piper played that song. It was very sad and emotional, but also a beautiful moment.

Then the piper played “Auld Lang Syne”, and his sister, Margare,t came up and joined us and led the singing as everyone held hands and danced it together. That was a lot of fun and everyone got into it.

After that Heather told a fun story about her dad…then Loudy did…and then Heather invited other people to come up and tell stories too. There were so many fun, funny, kind, wonderful stories that were shared. It was just like Loudon would have wanted...and also very impressive as to how many people’s lives had been touched by him.

The party went on for quite awhile…and towards the end about forty of us all walked up to the graveyard to visit him there. That was a nice grand finale.

The only thing to make this celebration of Loudon’s life better would be to have had hiother two sisters and brother there too. But they were there in spirit…and Loudon knows that.

The only thing to make the party perfect would be to have had it be his 90th birthday celebration and him there with us too. But…

I love and adore my husband, Loudon, so very, very much. I am thankful for our fifty seven years of love and marriage we had together, I am thankful that he always made me feel cherished and loved, I am thankful for the two wonderful children he gave me, and I am thankful for him making it possible for me to be a part of the Fraser Clan family. And I miss him more than I could ever have imagined. 

Here’s to Loudon Hamilton Fraser…unique, the one and only, with his big smile and twinkling eyes, and fun and mischief, and flirting, and kindness and generosity…and love … so much love …for all of his family. Missed so awfully much by us all.

                          
Posted by KATHY MCCABE on August 21, 2021
Loudon was bigger than life full of life stories, jokes and laughter. The twinkle in his eyes could be matched by none. His mischievous nature made a lasting impact on whoever passed his path. Looking forward to his celebration of life as it is bound to be quite the celebration as that is exactly what Loudon would have wanted. Can't wait to hear the bagpipes as we celebrate the life of one fun and crazy Scotsman.
Posted by Drew Martin on July 11, 2021
He was a Glaswegian-Whidbey Island Flirt.My very special Scottish friend.

            Yer No Awa Tae Bide a Awa.

You might be gone-You will never,ever be forgotten.

Tha goal agam ort, Drew
his Life

The Whidbey Island Scotsman

Unexpectedly, we had to say our final “cheerio” to Loudon, a.k.a. Bigloudy and Boppa, on Monday, June 28, 2021. Were we ready for this? NO! However, through the tears, we have been smiling and laughing at all the incredible stories and memories we have of this one-of-a-kind man who has been known and loved by so many.


Loudon Hamilton Fraser was born in Glasgow, Scotland on January 17, 1936. He was the first of seven children born to Robert and Helen Fraser. He was the big brother to Helen, Jim, Agnes (Nan), Andrea, Robert (Bobby) and Margaret (Maggie). Although these Glaswegian siblings are scattered all over the world - from Scotland to Australia to eastern and northern Canada to California and Whidbey Island, they are still so very close. They could go without seeing each other for several years, but when they got together it was like it had only been a day since they’d been apart. Luckily with Facetime, these past few years my dad was able to see them in person online and it was always fun to come to my folks’ house and hear the familiar Scottish accents and laughter of my dad and my aunties and uncles. My Uncle Jim and Auntie Nan preceded my dad in death, both saying their final “cheerio” in 2019.



My dad was born in Glasgow right before the beginning of WWII, and the war greatly impacted his early years. Glasgow was a hub of industry which produced ships and munitions for the Allied forces. This left the city vulnerable to the threat of Nazi bombings, which unfortuately did occur. Glaswegian children were being evacuated to countryside locales to keep them safe. In the earlier years of the war,  Loudon and his sister, Helen, were evacuated to the highlands of Scotland on a 30,000 acre estate named Invergeldie. His memories of life at Invergeldie are filled with joy and adventure. My dad was an incredible whistler. I asked him how he learned to whistle so well. He told me a shepherd who tended sheep on  Invergeldie land taught him. During the war, he spent several years at Invergeldie, roaming through the glens and climbing up the braes and acquiring knowledge and skills from the local highlanders. These years were instrumental in guiding him on his future path. After the war, Loudon returned to Glasgow and had many wonderful memories in his hometown; however, his years in the countryside created a wanderlust that would not rest. Thus, at the age of twenty, Loudon set off to see the world.


In 1956, Loudon set sail on a ship headed for Canada. He arrived in Montreal; however, he kept heading west and ended up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He lived in Vancouver for five years working in an assortment of jobs. His most memorable was when he worked as a jail guard. This job didn’t last long, however, as he got fired for being too nice to the inmates! He spent too much time chatting with them and playing cards!  During his time in Vancouver, he joined a soccer team including mainly British and Irish emigrants. His first trips to the USA were to play in soccer tournaments. After a few trips “down south,” Loudon decided that Seattle would be the next phase of his world tour. In 1961, he moved to the United States (becoming a citizen in 1968) and started his career as an accountant for Shell Oil Company. He rented a room from a Scottish family.  Drew, the teenager in this family, really liked Loudon and wanted to set him up with his girlfriend’s older sister. So, after much prodding and pleading, that older sister finally agreed to meet this “Loudon guy.” Diane Cherry and Loudon Fraser had their first date at a coffee house accompanied by Drew and several of his 8th grade buddies! After this first encounter, Diane didn’t hear from Loudon for three months. He had gone back to Scotland for a time when his father got sick and, as cell phones and texts were not invented yet, Diane didn’t hear from him after that first date. However, this was not the end of their story (of course)! When my dad returned to Seattle and his job at Shell Oil, he learned that Diane was just starting a job at Shell Oil Company too. He made sure he was the first one there to welcome her.  It was indeed meant to be as the two of them started dating after this. A year later they were married and due to finding his soulmate, Loudon’s world tour was cut short! When they honeymooned in Scotland, Diane learned that when Loudon had gone back to Scotland for those three months, he had told his family that he had met the woman he was going to marry (deciding this after their first coffee date)!


Loudon and Diane lived in Seattle as newlyweds but were soon transferred to Portland, OR, where their daughter, Heather, was born. About a year later they were again transferred to Medford, OR with the future plan that Loudon would soon be sent to the Shell Oil San Francisco office. Diane’s parents, Lorna and Hardin Cherry had just purchased a grocery store at Ken’s Corner and asked if Loudon and Diane would like to come run it. The timing was perfect as Diane was missing her Seattle and Whidbey Island family and did not want to travel farther south. Loudon quit Shell Oil and they headed up to Whidbey Island to run the Ken’s Corner Grocery Store. They ran the store for about a year before it burned to the ground. Loudon then spent some time working at Watermen’s Mill; however, as an accountant, he was missing the office life. Loudon then learned what it was like to commute by ferry boat! He began working for the Seattle based NASD (National Association of Security Dealers) as an securities investigator. After years with the NASD, he became a federal investigator for the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission). He worked for the SEC for over 25 years and spent the last 10 years of his working life commuting between San Francisco and Whidbey when the Seattle SEC office was closed. He was finally talked into retiring when he was 70 years old. Had the Seattle office not closed, we believe that he would have tried to keep working up until he was 85 with the SEC as he loved his career as a federal investigator and excelled at it! During the years at the NASD and SEC, Loudon traveled frequently and managed to visit and work in most of the 50 United States.


Although Loudon retired, his adventures continued. Loudon and Diane took trips around the western United States in their VW camper van, they visited family in Toronto and northern Ontario, traveled to Scotland several times,  and spent time with relatives and friends in Australia and Tasmania. They also had a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for several years that they loved visiting with their kids, Heather and Loudy and son in law, Willy. 


Loudon’s favorite retirement activity was spending time with his family. His grandkids, Isla and Aengus, had the great fortune of growing up with their grandparents nearby. Loudon was present at all their events. From tennis matches to church plays to soccer games (where he helped coach Aengus’ soccer team for a couple years), to birthday parties and all other sorts of celebrations he was there. He loved his grandkids so much and would do anything for them. He even dressed up as Hagrid for Isla’s Harry Potter birthday one year and with his Scottish brogue, what a bang up job he did!


Not only did he love his family, he was also the biggest extrovert anyone has ever met! He loved chatting (and flirting) with everyone he encountered and loved to use sayings and one liners that came to be known as “Loudon Fraserisms!”  Diane learned early on that my dad loved people and loved to entertain. As newlyweds in Seattle, my dad would read the maritime news and find out if British ships were in port. If British ships were in Seattle, he would go down to the docks and find any Scottish mariners that happened to be on board and bring them home for dinner. My mom recollects that these were such wonderful and fun memories of their Seattle days as newlyweds. This continued during their life on Whidbey and Loudon and Diane spent many happy times entertaining foreign visitors that my dad happened to meet (usually while playing pool at the Dog House, which was one of his favorite pastimes). We always thought that my dad should have opened a Whidbey Island hostel as he loved meeting foreign travelers and learning of their adventures. Loudon had the “gift of gab” as my mom would say and he had the delightful knack of making people feel welcome and present when he was with them. 


Loudon loved nature and  animals. I will always remember as a little girl, that whenever he saw a spider in the house he would gently take it outside (he even did that with flies)! This admiration for the natural world continued on until the day he died. During the past several years, his favorite thing to do was sit on his back porch with the love of his life, Diane, talking about the beauty of the roses in his garden or laughing at the antics of the ducks in his pond. He also loved all the wild birds, deer and squirrels that made his backyard their nature sanctuary and they always knew they were welcome there. 


Loudon lived his life fully and was fully loved and will be missed so very, very much. The one thing we know; however, is that he indeed died a happy man.


Loudon is survived by his wife, Diane, children, Heather and Loudy, son-in-law, Willy and grandchildren, Isla and Aengus.


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