The Shinty Communities of Strathglass and Kinlochshiel were saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Fraser on Monday 5th March 2018 aged 92.
Johnny from Braulen in Glen Strathfarrar, played for Strathglass until he left to take up employment as gamekeeper at Dorusduan, Kintail in the early 50’s.
In 1954 he purchased 6 shinty sticks to enable Kintail to play a match against Lochalsh. He went on to play for Kintail/Glenshiel and then for Kinlochshiel when they joined with Lochalsh in 1960, latterly as goalkeeper.
Keith Loades, now President of the Camanachd Association – “As a youngster in the Kinlochshiel team there were a lot of great role models but few had more influence on me than Johnny Fraser. He set high standards when playing and was a gentleman on and off the park. There is no doubt that the current Kinlochshiel team would not be where it is today if it had not had men like Johnny to guide it through its early years”.
On returning home to work on the Lovat Estates at Braulen in the early 1970s he again played for Strathglass and continued doing so well into his fifties. Johnny was a committed player, committee member, President and Chieftain of the club and along with his late wife Nancy an enthusiastic supporter of shinty.
A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Friday 16th March 2018 at Eskadale RC Church, Kiltarlity, Beauly.
The photo is of the Kintail/Glenshiel team (Johnny Fraser is front left) which defeated Caberfeidh 6 – 2 in the Semi-Final of the Strathdearn Cup at Bught Park on 23rd April 1960.