Tribute to Michael Fraser

Michael FraserThe Board of Directors of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is deeply saddened at the passing of our colleague Mr. Michael Fraser, OD, JP, CLU, on January 8, 2022, at the age of 79. He will be greatly missed.

Well known for his generous spirit, Mr. Fraser gave of himself willingly and selflessly as a foundation member of the Board of CCRP. As retired Executive Vice President of Life of Jamaica/Sagicor, he was instrumental in helping to establish the CCRP Major Medical Plan for our members with Sagicor. The Board has benefited greatly from his guidance and wise advice over the years.

Mr. Fraser’s career in the insurance industry was nothing short of remarkable; he combined his work with his philanthropic activities. Up until his passing, he had a real estate practice. Inducted into the Member of the Hall of Fame of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA), Mr. Fraser served as President of Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands and Managing Director of Sagicor Insurance Brokers. A former President & CEO of Island Life Insurance Company Limited, he also served as President of The Life Insurance Companies Association; President of the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA); and President of the Insurance Association of Jamaica.

A Jamaica College alumnus, Mr. Fraser transformed many Jamaicans’ lives for the better through his kindness and mentorship, in the insurance industry workplace and elsewhere. His contribution to the health sector was immeasurable. He received an Order of Distinction (Officer Class) in the National Honours in 2016 for his 26 years of voluntary service in cancer prevention. He was an active Board Member of the Jamaica Cancer Society and worked with United Way of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Foundation, an outreach arm of the insurance industry, up until the time of his death. He had a vibrant sense of humor; at a luncheon for the Cancer Society in 2017, he fitted in with the color scheme, displaying his pink socks to the audience!

Mr. Fraser always had a listening ear and a word of advice for those who needed it; he always had time for people. He was steadfast in support of CCRP – and indeed all the organisations he served with distinction. Above all, he loved Jamaica and Jamaicans, including the most vulnerable in the society.

CCRP extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Fraser’s wife Bonnie; daughters Michelle Hugh, Katrina Wickett, Jo-Ann Lauterbach, and son Richard Fraser; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; daughter in law Andrea Kinach Fraser; sons in law George Hugh, Craig Wickett and Volker Lauterbach. We also extend sympathy to his friends, business associates and all whose lives he touched.  

May Michael Fraser’s warm, kind soul rest in peace.