HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - Mold designer and engineer David G. Fraye collapsed and died while playing tennis May 5 at age 63. Fraye was best known for his expertise in high-speed stack molds and fully automated hot-runner molds for plumbing and irrigation products.
At the time of his death, Fraye worked for Cambro Manufacturing in Huntington Beach as chief design engineer.
Fraye began his plastics career in 1949 as a mold designer for automotive components and die-cast parts, after obtaining his national certificate in mechanical engineering at Southall Technical College in London.
In 1967, Fraye emigrated to Canada, where he worked for DieMold Tool Ltd. and later for Mold-Masters Ltd. in their design departments. At Mold-Masters, he helped develop many innovative designs for runnerless molds.
In 1975, Fraye and his family moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked for Becton Dickenson Labware Division as engineering manager.
Fraye be-gan his own mold engineering and design consulting business in 1981, doing work for a variety of companies in the plastics in-dustry.
Fraye is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pat, and two sons, Martin and Vernon, who live in the Simi Valley area of California.