Fraser Mattison Obituary

Fraser Duncan Mattison
Fraser Duncan Mattison

October 31, 1926 - June 26, 2013
Born in Arlington, Vermont
Resided in Niantic, CT


Niantic- Fraser Duncan Mattison, 86, died on June 27, 2013. Born on October 31, 1926, in Arlington, Vermont, he was the last of the four sons of Ernest W. Mattison and Isabella (Grant) Mattison. He enlisted in the Navy and began service the Monday following his high school graduation where he was trained in radar and sonar. He was the "Captain's talker" and plank owner on the destroyer, U.S.S. Southerland. His stories of life growing up on the farm and during his time in the Navy kept family and friends laughing. He had an amazing memory and a talent for story telling. After his Navy service, he graduated from St. Joseph's Business School in Bennington, Vermont. He married Ruth (Holbrook) Mattison on February 12, 1949. They moved to Niantic in 1957. Most of his working career was spent as a salesman of abrasive products. It was a "rough" job and he did it well.

Throughout his lifetime he was known as a tinkerer, fix-it man, and inventor. He found creative solutions to all sorts of mechanical problems and spent many hours fixing televisions, cars, tractors, and more to help family, friends, and others. In addition to his interest in all things electronic, he built a boat from the hull of a Coast Guard cutter. Family and friends have many fond memories of fishing and boating on the Sound. He was a 40 year member of the Red Mountain Masonic Lodge #63 of Arlington, Vermont and served as Worshipful Master in 1980 and 1981.

Fraser is survived by his wife Ruth and children: Donna Mattison-Earls of East Falmouth, MA; Patricia (and Alan) Herman of Quinebaugh, CT; and sons: Robert of East Lyme and Stuart (Lorraine) Mattison of Niantic. He was "Grampa" to six grandchildren, Sarah and Emily Mattison-Earls of San Francisco; Matthew and Justin Herman of Quinebaugh; Ruth and William Mattison of East Lyme; and second grandfather to Jamie Fergione. He leaves several sister-in-laws and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families in Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Nevada, and Washington, D.C. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

His funeral will be held at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic, on Tuesday, July 2nd. Friends are invited to pay their respects from 11 am to 12 noon at which time, there will be a short service followed by burial at Union Cemetery.

The family requests no flowers. Donations can be made to the Niantic Lion's Club of Niantic, P.O. Box 227, Niantic, CT, 06357, or to the Wounded Warriors Project Inc.
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Union Cemetery
East Pattagansett Road
Niantic, CT US
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
12:00 PM


Wounded Warrior Project
Po Box 758517
Topeka, KS 758517
Niantic Lion's Club of Niantic
PO Box 227
Niantic, CT 06357
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