Adrian Frater, News Editor
Western Bureau:The Gleaner Company lost one of its premier vendors last Wednesday when Errol Fraser, who had been selling the newspaper on the streets of Montego Bay, St James, for more than four decades, died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Fraser, who was 63 years old, was one of the longest-serving Gleaner vendors in western Jamaica, having joined the team as a young man in 1971.
"Although he seemed quiet and unassuming, he was one of our better vendors," said Andrea Rose, a circulation supervisor at the Gleaner's Western Bureau. "On a good day, Errol was known to sell close to 150 newspapers."
While Fraser sold other newspapers, he was seen as the consummate Gleaner man because he made his mark selling the publications from the North Street-based entity long before other competing newspapers came to the fore.
"Errol was a Gleaner man at heart. He started selling the paper from he was a young man," said William 'Jay' Parkins, a Gleaner vendor with more than 50 years of service under his belt. "It is sad to see him go like that, but God knows best."
Reports are that Fraser, who has had a long history of battling epilepsy, was driving his Toyota Corolla motor car in a section of Montego Bay when onlookers observed the vehicle moving in an erratic manner. It subsequently drifted to the side of the road, struck a pedestrian, and then crashed into a utility post.
An unconscious Fraser was pulled from the vehicle and taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died.
"I remember him as one of the quiet vendors who was quite easy to get along with," said Shernett Robinson, the former manager at the Gleaner's Western Bureau. "I am really sorry to hear about his death and my heart goes out to his family."
Fraser is survived by his widow, Claudette, and several adult children.