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Graham, Gary D.


Graham, Gary

Gary David Graham, 56, of Dedham, passed at Faulkner Hospital Monday morning, Nov 17th.  Born Jan 23, 1958, he was the son of the late Catherine MacNeil of Troy, Nova Scotia and Angus Graham of Judique, Nova Scotia.  Gary was a skilled carpenter and a member of union Local 33.  His love of books would change the topic of the day from politics to astrology to economics, and an opinion on the matter was always welcome.  As was his trade, his life was a labor of love.  Putting his heart into the project and requesting little in return.  His impressions on those who knew him and the buildings he created can be seen in abundance from Alberta to Boston to his ancestral Cape Breton Island.  With the Island in his heart, water was his comfort.  Comfort he would find sitting on a bench at his beloved Jamaica Pond, or swimming the many shores along Cape Breton.  He enjoyed a cold beer at Doyles or in the Man Cave, but nothing made him more happy than to be surrounded by family and friends with music and laughter.  And as we were to him, he was to us.  The frame is the easy part of any structure, it’s the fine details that catch a person’s eye …the accents the craftsman leaves behind.  Your work here is done, we will forever cherish it’s beauty.  Gary is survived by his companion Hailey Tran; his son Robert McCormack; his sister Gwen Smith {Blair Smith}; his brother Dale Graham {Betsi Kirwan}; and his nieces and nephews, Chanda, Eradin, Mason, Olivia, and Abigail; and so many cherished cousins and friends.  Visiting hours will be held Fri from 6-8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton St., Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass Sat at 11 AM at St. Anne’s Church, 82 W. Milton St., Readville.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers donations to UNICEF would be appreciated. 

Guestbook Entries

  1. Shelley and Bernie MacNeil
    November 19th, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Gary will be forever in our hearts.

  2. Mary Viola McLeod
    November 19th, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    I will never remember you are gone, I don’t have to because you will always be here in my heart…

  3. Bill & Marie Davis
    November 19th, 2014 | 6:21 pm

    All who are a part of him your loss is vast. May you find comfort in the echo of his voice the vision of his smile and the thoughts of him and his laughter together with the warmth of his love. RIP

  4. Janice Galvez
    November 19th, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    Chanda, my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your uncle. You and your family are in my prayers. Janice

  5. Rickey Creager
    November 19th, 2014 | 7:38 pm

    I am sorry for your loss of Gary. We where friends in high school.

  6. Patsy Boylan
    November 19th, 2014 | 8:09 pm

    RIP Gary

  7. Carol MacLean
    November 19th, 2014 | 8:13 pm

    Our thoughts are with all of you. We are thinking of you, lots of love Tom and Carol

  8. Steve &Kathy MacIsaac
    November 19th, 2014 | 8:31 pm

    Our sincere condolences to family and friends of Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  9. Gail (Thibodeau)Bello
    November 19th, 2014 | 8:46 pm

    My condolences to his family & friends. I remember being just a little girl when the Grahams lived next door.Whenever I would look outside Gary and all the Newbern gang would be hanging outside the Scanlon house. Boy do I miss those days….. May he R.I.P.

  10. Betsi Kirwan
    November 19th, 2014 | 9:04 pm

    How beautifully stated…RIP my brother I never knew…you are all on my heart

  11. Catherine Mae Kehoe
    November 19th, 2014 | 9:16 pm

    Dear Gwen & Blair

    So sad to hear of the loss of your brother, brother-in-law Gary. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time in your lives. God Bless Catherine Mae

  12. Donna & Mark MacIver
    November 19th, 2014 | 9:39 pm

    Our deepest Sympathy on the loss of your Brother Gwen.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Mark & Donna

  13. Carolina & Dennis Burnside
    November 19th, 2014 | 9:45 pm

    Our condolences to his family.

  14. Sandra Graham
    November 20th, 2014 | 8:14 am

    What a beautiful tribute to Gary and all that he held dear! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and Stanley in particular will miss their frequent visits at our house or “up the hill” at Gary and Haley’s. Rest in peace Gary, your work here is indeed finished.

    Stanley and Sandra

  15. Kathleen Gillis
    November 20th, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Please except our condolences and sympathy for the loss of your brother and friend ,,Kathleen and Donald and Family Port hawkesbury

  16. Glena Cameron
    November 20th, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Gwen and Blair so sorry to hear of your loss and am thinking of you Glena

  17. Jody O'Brien Canto
    November 20th, 2014 | 10:03 am

    My deepest sympathy to Gary’s family.
    Prayers and thoughts to Doris, Dwayne, Carolyn, Ryan, and Chanda.

  18. Robert & Jeanett MacDonald
    November 20th, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Sincere sympathy to family & family of Gary. RIP Gary

  19. Mary Annette & Derrick DeCoste
    November 20th, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Condolences to you Gwen on the loss of you Brother,,
    May he Rest in Peace.

  20. Susie & John
    November 20th, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Our sincere condolences to all Gary’s family. He will always be remembered with a smile. Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.

  21. John&gail macmullin
    November 20th, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of a good friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you

  22. Samaria Stallings
    November 20th, 2014 | 9:21 pm

    Gary was a wonderful man, and a part of our family. Hailey, I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss him.

    Bernard & Samaria

  23. Ed & Karen Prive
    November 20th, 2014 | 9:32 pm

    There are only a few people you meet in life that you form a life long bond with, and Gary you are one of those people. Remember, we still had plans to do the Sam Adams Tour out of Doyle’s soon; you will still be there with us in spirit. We’re left in shock over this and already miss you terribly. For a tough guy you always had a big heart. We will grieve a long time. We’re glad we got to see you a couple of weeks ago and never thought it would be the last time. Life is so short. Rest in piece brother. You will be sorely missed. Our condolences to all of Gary’s family and friends

  24. John Bunyan
    November 21st, 2014 | 3:09 am

    To Gary’s family who I know so well my deepest sympathy and condolences. He will always be remembered indeed very many stories we tell of adventures on the island include Gary. He was a good friend.

  25. Barbara MacKinnon
    November 21st, 2014 | 8:09 am

    I am so sad to have lost such a special cousin. Gary touched all of our lives with his uniqueness and charm. Such a huge loss for our family. Thinking of you Gwen, Dale and Chanda..

  26. Margie
    November 21st, 2014 | 11:06 am

    I wish I could be there to say good bye to you but just know that your in my heart forever and I will never forget you. Prayers go to all my family and our friends who knew him . We share the same loss. You left us way too early and just know that all that have left us before you are waiting with open arms ..

  27. Paul Crossen
    November 21st, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Gary, your early departure will definetly leave a void in the soul of your friends and family – you will be missed!!

    RIP Brother….

  28. November 22nd, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sudden loss of such a young loved one is difficult. Gary was always so easy to talk with. He genuinely enjoyed people. He came quite a distance to my dad’s memorial to comfort my mom. This shows the type of character Gary displayed during his life. His passing has impacted so many. He will be missed. Bless his heart.

  29. The Tully Family/Debbie Allen
    November 22nd, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    We grew up with the Grahams across the street from us. We have so many memories of him and his family. Some of the best people to get to know. Gary was so funny and oh so charming, all the ladies loved him! I wished I saw him more to hang out and have fun. Time is precious and we should cherish it. The Tully family sends their love to Hailey and the Graham family in their loss of such a great guy. He will be remembered by all and missed terribly.

    Gary I hope you are having a beer with “the Big Guy” now. R.I.P

  30. Michaela & Andrew
    November 22nd, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    Chanda, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your uncle, Gary. We certainly remember how highly you spoke of Gary many years ago while at university. Our thoughts are with you.
    Michaela & Andrew

  31. Bonnie and Carol Reeves
    November 23rd, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. He was such a kind soul. He always made us laugh and was a very unique character indeed. We haven’t seen Gary for many years but it feels just like yesterday Gwen that we all partied in your kitchen. He will be greatly missed.

    The Reeves Sisters
    God Bless

  32. Larry O'Kelly
    November 24th, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Just a note of condolence to Gary’s family. It’s a terrible and untimely loss of such a good and nice man.
    Stanley I know that you’ll probably miss him most but “God must have some work he needs done up there and done right”, and Gary’s the man!.
    Larry O’Kelly

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