Graham, Donald Frederick

In the early hours of Friday, October 1st, 2021, Donald Frederick Graham passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his room at St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, Ontario at the age of 87.

Born in Hamilton,  Don lived most of his life in and around Dundas, spent his later years in Meaford, Ontario, before taking residence at the Villa in 2020.

Don was predeceased by his brothers Bob (2019) and Jerry (2020). He was married to Helen Patricia Graham for over 40 years (deceased, 2004) and enjoyed a partnership with Ruth Campbell in his later years. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Lynn Matricardi and Gail Graham, and his two sons, David (wife Laurie Weatherhead of Dundas) and Mark (wife Debra Wilson of Wakefield, Quebec).

Don will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Breanne (Alex), Braydi (Josh), Kodi and Kate (Robert Ashworth) Graham. His memory will continue through his great-grandchildren Tessa & Maxwell McNea and Jayci & Dallan Hein.

Don will be remembered by Debra’s children Yachtz Radcliff and Talia Lueck, and Kate’s mother Linda Ullyet. Don had a long, productive career as a plumber and steamfitter in heavy industry. For many years, he held a leadership role in the training of young tradesmen. His strong passion for his family was evident throughout his life. He especially enjoyed time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Don also had a great appreciation for the outdoors and was an accomplished sport fisherman, fly tier and rod crafter.

We appreciate the amazing care and compassion that Don received from the team at St. Joe’s Villa in Dundas.

A private family ceremony will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford where Don’s ashes will be laid to rest next to his wife Helen.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Monday, October 4, 2021

    Our condolences to the family. I met Don at the harbour fishing. He was a great gentleman. We had a lot a laughs at the harbour. I adored Don.

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    1. Braydi
      Wednesday, October 13, 2021

      Thank you for sharing these kind words. He certainly loved to fish !

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  2. Elaine Williamson
    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    My condolences to the family I have many fond memories that Don and I shared with Ruth and Don .

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  3. Bev and Marion Genoe
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    Good memories of Don at 55+ club. Looked after coffee and tea. Always smiling and very pleasant gentleman.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bev and Marion

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  4. Mike Hogg
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    My most sincere condolences to Don’s Family. I fished with Don for many years in Meaford and stopped by a number of times to sit with him and Helen on the front patio having a rum and coke. Don taught me to fly-fish and the first thing I caught unfortunately was a young girl from the USA that had walked up behind me while I was learning. Of course Don cut the Barb and was able to release her lol. I even had the pleasure of looking after their home while they were in Mexico for a couple years in a row.They brought us back a wonderful hand made hammock which we still have . I’ve missed you being down at the lake my friend and will always cherish those fond memories we made. RIP Don.

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    1. Braydi
      Wednesday, October 13, 2021

      Thank you for sharing this memory.

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  5. Erna Nicholson
    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    Our deepest condolences to the Graham and Matricardi families. We met Don through our dear friend, Lynn. We hope special memories of Don will comfort you during the days ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Erna and Doug Nicholson

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    1. Braydi
      Wednesday, October 13, 2021

      Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. Shirley Keaveney
    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    Dear Mark, Dave and your families, I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your dad. Don was a kind and generous man, it was a pleasure to know him. My deepest condolences to you all.

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  7. Sharon Lewis
    Friday, October 8, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to Mark, Dave and their families. Some of my fondest memories of Don are having many chats at the YMCA of Hamilton. He was always pleasant and kind.
    Kevin enjoyed meeting Don at Emerald Links where he played a round of golf with his sons, and joined us and Laurie for a wonderful lunch.
    Don will be missed by many. Hold close all of your warm memories.
    Sincerely,
    Kevin & Sharon

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