August 10, 1929 – April 25, 2019
William “Bill” Raymond Graham passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the age of 89 years.
Bill was born in Byemoor Alberta, the second son of George and Ina Graham. At a young age the family moved to Chilliwack, British Columbia where Bill attended school. When Bill was 16 the family returned to Byemoor and he began work as a farm labourer.
Bill married the love of his life Frances Carless on August 29, 1953 and began working on the railroad. In the mid 50’s they built a home and began farming in the Byemoor area. Farm life started out very difficult, being hailed out the first three years, but through hard work, faith and determination they persevered. Love, family, friends and fun were the mainstays in Bill’s life.
Bill enjoyed family, friends, farming and the outdoors. He actively participated in hunting, fishing, playing horse shoes, curling and playing cards. He also enjoyed travelling, going on cruises, cross Canada trips, but most of all he and Frances enjoyed winters in Apache Junction, Arizona together for over 27 years. Bill had a deep appreciation for the new GPS “straight line” farming after having to continuously straighten up after his children’s cultivating skills and never tired of pointing this out to them.
Bill is survived by his son Jim (Lynn) Graham of Byemoor and daughter Marylin (Jim) Norlie of Craigmyle; grandchildren Greg Graham (Dora Simonin) of Byemoor, Jennifer (Charles) Williams of Hanna, Allan (Kelsey) Norlie of Craigmyle; niece Kathy Ponto (Stuart Miller); great niece Kali Miller (Kyle Gross); as well as many other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his wife Frances, parents Ina and George, and step father Osbert Jackson, brother George, parents in law Frank and Mary Carless.
Funeral Services were held Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2 pm at Byemoor Community Hall. Interment took place in the Byemoor Cemetery. Family and friends gathered back in the Byemoor Community Hall for the reception and fellowship, which was graciously served by the Byemoor Community Club. Memorial Donations be made to Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Hanna Palliative Care Unit. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, 403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
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