OBITUARY

Susan Diane Graham

7 April , 19637 July , 2019

Susan Diane Graham passed away suddenly at Lake of the Woods – her favourite place in the universe doing what she loved with her cherished husband, Adam Pankhurst. Beloved mother of Kaitlyn and Robert Scott, brother of Bruce Graham, Aunt to Holly and Fisher and lifelong friends with Lisa Fraser and Lynn Savage, Sue will be missed more than words can express.

Sue was pre-deceased by her parents Diane (nee Wilson) and Robert, whose example guided and inspired her throughout her life.

In all that she did – whether as Head girl of Balmoral Hall, completing her BA of recreation from the University of Manitoba, raising funds to build the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and to support the Health Science Centre Foundation – Sue acted with integrity, respect, and kindness. Sue had vision and commitment, working at Medallion Milk Co and serving on the Board of Cancer Care Foundation at the time of her passing.

Known for her open-hearted hospitality, Sue was easy to talk with and offered fair and wise counsel without judgment. Profoundly grateful for all she had in her life, Sue’s laugh was contagious and she inspired those around her to become the best they could be.

Sue will be deeply missed but will be remembered with joy wherever her people gather.

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held on Friday, July 12 at 11:00 am at The Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Blvd, Headingley, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sue’s honour to Health Sciences Centre Foundation PW112-700 William Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z3. www.HSCFoundation.mb.ca.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Friday, 12 July , 2019

Memories

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Barbara Leach-Walters

11 July 2019

Sending our condolences to family and friends.

Sue was the fearless leader of the gang of my childhood friends. Lovely memories of playing together as kids at the Lake. Fun filled memories of boat trips and meeting up at her cottage. Too many memories to choose a favourite!

Sue was also a hugely popular Leader at school and in business and the community.

So we think of the celebration of Sue’s life and send hugs to Winnipeg, from Simon and I in Sydney and Samantha in Vancouver. It will be some sold out celebration!

Missing you!

Love Barb, Simon and Samantha


Gillian (McDonald) Quinn

11 July 2019

My thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.Where do I begin?We go so far back,back to tallyhos,Christmas dinners,birthdays,anniversaries,graduations & of course all our wonderful memories from so many summers at the Lake together."Suzie-Q" will always hold a special place in my heart.She was kind, thoughtful, had a great sense of humor & supported all her friends throughout her lifetime.Her leadership qualities became evident at a young age at BH, where she held numerous leadership roles, followed by summers at the Lake where Sue was always organizing the next group gathering & hosting us all until the wee hours of the morning.I can hear her laugh right now as I reflect back & see her beautiful smile,so radiant and welcoming to us all & any newcomer.Suzie-Q will be greatly missed by so many & my heart aches for each & every one who had the honor of knowing her.There are so many of us who have had the distinct honor and tremendous good fortune to have truly known her & have had a strong connection with her over the years.My heart aches deeper for her immediate family,her husband,her children,her brother(Bruce) and for so many of her sisters:Lisa(Fraser),Lynn(Savage),Alex(Banfield),Sarah(Michener)-just to name a few) & all her brothers too that she touched in her own special way,welcoming them into her life & making all our lives just that much more special & fullfilling.Thank you, Suzie-Q, for ALL your love,your warmth,your joy & laughter that you've brought to us all for so many years.Tragically, your life was cut short far too soon,Suzie-Q, but you have shared so many lessons with us all over the years,bringing us altogether to honor you today, & reminding us all of the important things in life,our connections with one another,our love for one another,kindness and thoughtfulness for one another.Your radiant smile and laugh will forever be in my heart.
All my love to you, Suzie-Q, may you rest in peace.
"Gilly Bean"
My thoughts and prayers.

Michael McSweeney

10 July 2019

To Susan’s Family, Heidi and I are shocked and deeply saddened at Susan’s sudden passing. Taken way to early from her kids and friends is an understatement. For me I will always remember her big hugs and contagious smile. She always had a kind word to say and wanted to know what was new in your life and with you family. She welcomed me into my Winnipeg family without reservation. She leaves a huge hole in her family and friends and will be missed at her beloved Lake of the Woods and Winnipeg. Rest In Peace and may God give your kids the strength and courage to move forward without your physical presence, but knowing you’re an angel on their shoulder. Heidi and Mike McSweeney