On a cold winter night the heart of a genuine, stubborn man stopped beating. On February 12th Thomas Richard Graham passed away with his daughter Kerry-Lynn holding his hand. Greeting him with open arms and a loving forgiving heart was his wife Margaret.
Born April 23, 1942 to Beatrice June and Albert Gordon Graham. Tom was a hard working man who raised his children with respect, dignity and integrity. There was no fine line between right and wrong. "Don't go to that park" meant don't go to that park, even if you’re 44 and can do so safely.
He worked hard for 32 years as a maintenance man for the province. Although he loved his family, work came first. His work ethics were passed onto those who held him in the highest regard. He recently told a nurse "My kids get their work ethics from me and their shopping ethics from their Mom" - there could be some truth to that.
He found difficult patches along his journey of life, but always by his side was his brother Jimmy. Coffee dates, golf, bowling, fishing, camping and whatever they did, they did it together. Tom spent many years from May to September at the Selkirk campground. The rodeo weekend was where many loved ones spent time making memories with him.
Tom will be fondly remembered for his teasing and his great sense of humour. Truly when he was able to do this you could see his blue eyes sparkle. His laughter filled the hearts of many.
Tom was mischievous in his younger years tipping over outhouses with his siblings, stealing his Dad's car while his dad slept and making sure it was there come sunrise. But Tom confessed his theft when he was asked questions in his sleep by his Dad.
Tom was a man who wore many hats in his younger days. He was a hockey and soccer coach, Beavers leader, a foster parent, and a bowling coach.
Dad didn't say ' I love you' very often so if you heard it once you better believe you were loved by him.
Dad was predeceased by many family and friends. He leaves behind his son Richard (Gloria), daughter Kerry-Lynn (Bob); grandchildren Bo-Jessie, Katie, Kayla, Corey Jr. Megan, Hailey, Nathan, Jeremy, and Robert; as well as 8 grand children.
A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says. "Grieve not for me". Remember the best time, the laughter, the good life I lived while I was strong. I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease. My soul is at rest. Go on with your life. Don't worry about falls. Keep your chin up. Until the day comes we're together again.