In Celebration of

William Graham

November 15, 1935 -  January 2, 2020

After a short but valiant fight with cancer, William Douglas Lionel Graham passed away peacefully on January 2nd 2020. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, to Alma O'Blender and Douglas Graham on November 15 1935, and married Patricia Anna Decker on May 29 1959, remaining devoted to her until her passing earlier this year. Bill was also predeceased by his eldest daughter Sandy.
He is survived by his daughters, Laura Graham, Julie Graham Hood, Kate Graham, Jennifer Kovner and Nicole Iwanicha, and his grandchildren, Madeleine Mavroudis, Graham Hood, Justin Hood and Elliott Graham-Shaw.
Bill attended St. Andrews College in Aurora and maintained a lifelong relationship with the school, serving on the Board of Directors and as a mentor to many associated with the school. He then attended Hillfield College in Hamilton, where he developed his sporting abilities. His name is on the Athletics Hall of Fame at the College.
He went on to become an extremely successful businessman, which culminated in his being the Director of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
His list of sporting achievements is extensive. Bill was a member of the Belleville McFarlands World Hockey Champions. He was an all around sportsman, outdoorsman and environmentalist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and skiing with his many friends.
As a member of the Hamilton Tiger Cats from 1953-1960, he played in both the 1953 and 1957 Grey Cup Championship teams, and continued supporting the team both as an alumnus and fan. He was an avid and champion squash player and a long-time member of the Cambridge Club.
In addition he later took on competitive Carriage Driving, competing in both Canada and the US, and is a past president of the Canadian Carriage Driving Society. He was also a member of the Ontario Racquet Club and Blue Top Hunt Club, and remained close friends with many other members until his passing.
After retirement Bill spent most of his time at his favorite place on earth, the cottage at Little Pike Bay, and also at Graham Farms where he bred Canadian Horses. The Canadian horse is known to be hardy and well-muscled, intelligent and full of personality. Small in stature, it's known as "the little iron horse" for its amazing stamina and endurance. A natural union. Bill and Pat spent many years showing their horses at Carriage riding events across North America.
Bill volunteered with many organizations providing both his time and his business expertise to their causes. He was still active at St. Andrews College, the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Sources of Knowledge on the Bruce peninsula until his sudden illness.
If you were a friend of Bill’s you were a friend for life. Friends he made in school, sports, work and life in general remained so for his entire life.
A special note of thanks for the care and compassion of Dr. Besik and all the nurses and staff at Credit Valley Oncology and Palliative Ward.


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CARYN TAYLOR (Dear friend)

Entered January 2, 2020 from MISSISSAUGA

My privilege to have known him these past 40 years. Generous, kind, caring, and tall!! Always caring about your welfare and pushing his own aside with a wave of his hand. Teacher - he loved talking about the horses, the trees, the land, the Bruce Peninsula.
oh yes and about a fine head of cattle! Mentor - he was the best example of how hard work and perseverance could get you where you wanted to be. And so caring - he once sent thousands of post cards to Quebec in1995 to say we loved them and didn't want them to leave! Who does that? There's not enough room here to express the man he was and how much he was loved. He and Pat gave me my most treasured friendships and I will love them eternally for that. A little piece of my heart is missing. Till we meet again........

Julie Thede (Admirer)

Entered January 3, 2020 from Mississauga

Bill was always gracious, welcoming and kind. He and Pat always made me feel embraced and included whenever we met up. For over 40 years, I have been a great admirer. You will be greatly missed!

Elizabeth Thorn (Friend)

Entered January 3, 2020 from Bruce

I am so so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. I knew him since my husband and I moved to the Bruce 12 years ago. Most recently your Dad served on the Board of the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association of which I am Chair but we worked together For many years on the Parks Advisory Committee . Your father did a great job in getting Sources of Knowledge up and running . He had a terrific sense of humour, was warm and without pretension and generous I with his time for his many volunteer activities. It was evident in our many conversations that he loved you daughters very much and was so very proud of you. l will miss him Elizabeth Thorn

JP Renaud (Friend)

Entered January 3, 2020 from Waterloo Ontario

My "Uncle Bill " was truly an extrodinary man and I loved him very deeply as he did back to me. For 56 years he has been a close family friend, mentor, advisor, inspiration and life coach. Uncle Bill was not affraid to show his love ,passion and emotion to friend's family and to the world. I enjoyed the weekly hunting trips we had for over 30 years at Blue Top Hunt Club, and our little talks about life and family while there. For such a small , strong guy he had amazing strength, endurance and agility but more than this had a huge heart ! We have lost one of the greats , and the world can never be the same again...

Bill McMackin (Fishing for Atlantic Salmon for many years)

Entered January 3, 2020 from Rothesay NB

I will miss seeing Bill on the Miramichi River.
Bill was an easy man to love and I did !
Wish I could be at the celebration of his life.


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