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Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre

356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, ON

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Robert Graham

December 21, 1953January 3, 2020
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Graham, William Robert (Bill)

At home surrounded by love and family on January 3, 2020 in his 66th year. Loving partner and companion of Pamela MacDougall. Dear father of Kerri DeMara (Troy) of Peterborough, Scott Graham of Cardiff, and Sarah (Mike Berstling) Walker of Edmonton. Cherished grand dad of Mackenzie and Logan. Dear son of Edith Mildred Graham and the late Robert Allan Graham. Brother of Catherine Graham of Kelowna.

Bill’s life was full of love, laughter, and service. Love for his family and his friends and a deep sense of commitment and service to his community. He was a champion of local organizations dedicated to improving our lives and strengthening the connections we have to each other. Community Care Peterborough, the Peterborough-Kawartha and Peterborough Rotary Clubs, Crimestoppers, Hospice Peterborough and most recently the Mount Community Centre are just a few of the many organizations he was active with. Bill inspired those around him to dream bigger and to reach deeper, proving that one person can make a difference.

Through Bill’s love of all things to do with boating and water, he made many long lasting friends. Friendships that led him on adventures both near and far, eventually leading him to the Trent Severn Antique Boat Club which fostered his passion for boating and brought many good times and happy memories.

Sincere thanks to Dr. Geoff Grieves, Dr. John Beamish, palliative care nurses from St. Elizabeth, Sarah, John, David and Jeff for their caring and support. Friends will be received at the COMSTOCK-KAYE Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge Street on Monday January 13th, 2020 from 5:00-8:00pm, Celebration of Life to be held Tuesday January 14th, 2020 1:30pm at THE MOUNT COMMUNITY CENTRE, 1545 Monaghan Road, Peterborough. In memory of Bill, if desired, donations may be made to the Mount Community Centre. Online condolences may be made at www.comstockkaye.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Memories

William "Bill" Robert Graham

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Len Lifchus

January 14, 2020

To Pam and the Graham Family
May you find comfort in all the wonderful times and memories you shared. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Len Lifchus

Bob Gallagher

January 13, 2020

Pam and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was a community builder. He will be missed.
Bob & Susan Gallagher

Jean Broere

January 12, 2020

Mildred, Cathy and family:
I was so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was a good friend through high school years, and I have many fond memories with Bill's laughter and fun in them. I'm so sorry that I'm not able to come to Peterborough this week, but please know that I'll be thinking of you and will be reliving all those memories from here. Sincere sympathy to all those who knew and loved him.

Stefanie Thom

January 11, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing.
Through our jobs, we worked in partnership for many years with the personal distress alarm systems.
Bill always had a kind, caring word. But most of all, what I remember is his sense of humour. We shared so many laughs over the years! It was just uncanny how he knew when to show up at CCP for Birthday cake and fun too. I believe he must have had a sixth sense for those occasions.
He will be missed in so many ways. He was a true champion for so many causes. The world is a better place for his having been in it. His life positively touched a great number of others. I am honored to have known him.

Denise Gaizauskas

January 11, 2020

Pam,
Please accept my condolences at the loss of your partner Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Judy Cocksedge

January 10, 2020

Pam - I was so saddened to read of Bill's passing. I hope the cherished memories of the happy years you spent together will bring you comfort as you mourn his loss. With deepest sympathies,

Judy Cocksedge
(OALS)

Lori Edey

January 10, 2020

We “of a certain age” who were fortunate enough to grow up in east-end Belleville with Moira High School and Eastminster Church at the centre of our lives in the 60’s and early 70’s enjoyed a rich formation. Other people’s families were like extended family for us all, and we developed deep life-long bonds that surpassed the bounds of time and space.

Years pass, our life’s circumstances change, and even if we’d not been in touch for a lot of time, the bonds have not been broken. There are so many rich memories – some worth sharing, some worth holding together under the cloak of silence! (I can hear Bill's chuckle and see the twinkle in his eye!)

Through a variety of activities (and much patience from our youth group leaders - among others) we “came of age” as young adults with old-fashioned values and a deep desire to serve. I’m grateful that Bill was one of these companions on my life journey.

Although we’d not been in touch for many years, and the times our paths overlapped were few (mostly funerals and his parents’ 90th birthday celebration), we always greeted one another affectionately and felt the bond that came from our shared history.

It is so gratifying to see the photos that have been shared– including those from the “olden days”, as well as more current ones. (I'm grateful the one with a group of us sporting bright orange "Kuntze coats" was not included!). It's also wonderful to hear of Bill’s many contributions to the richness of others’ lives throughout his life. Although his life was clearly too short, it was an abundant life to celebrate.

May this truth, and the memories we each carry, offer comfort for those whose day-to-day lives will miss his company and contributions. My condolences to his family and current close friends and associates.

Cynthia Fox

January 9, 2020

My heart goes out to you dear Pam and family. Bill and I connected when we did our Hospice Volunteer training together and then when Bill decided that I needed a part time job and he knew just the place, we shared an office/desk for years at Trent Security and in that time we shared stories, struggles, laughter and tears . He was a good person with a heart bigger than most, one of a kind and he will be missed terribly. In his words, "missing you"

Ian Dobson

January 9, 2020

Bill was a great neighbor and friend.
Bonita and I loved getting together with Bill and Pam for dinners and parties. He loved swimming and we enjoyed his company so much. I know Bill was dedicated to this community with volunteer work. He has inspired me to take up this passion when I retire. You will be missed.
Love,
Bonita and Ian

John Martyn

January 9, 2020

I first met Bill in a hot tub on the night of YTK. A delightful way to begin a new century. I would meet him from time to time. However, our relationship grew to my benefit when Bill became a Board Member of the Mount Community Centre. During this all too brief time Bill became a good friend, generous, easy to talk to, thoughtful, sensitive to others needs and always ready with a smile.

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