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Born: Jun 29, 1940

Date of Passing: Dec 30, 2022

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June 29, 1940 - December 30, 2022

It is with great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Joseph Allan Graham at the Grace Hospital on Friday, December 30, 2022 at the age of 82 years.
He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife and best friend Carolyn, his son Jim (Aleta) and stepchildren, Doug Reid (Jane), Jennifer Fast (Arthur), and Jamie Reid. Joe will be sorely missed by his grandchildren, Beth, Joseph, Nikolas (Olivia), Dan (Kaylee), Matt (Tara), Genelle (Krispen), Tegan, Brendan, Chris (Heather), Katie (Gerry), Brian (Emily), Ian (Tori), Andrew (Julia), Brianne (Brett), Devin and Jasmine, 13 great-grandchildren, his sister Susan Graham, and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents, James and Kathleen Graham, his first wife Jane, his son Bobby, his daughter Linda and his sister Pippy Michener.
Joe was born to Jim and Kathleen Graham on June 29, 1940. He attended St. John Ravenscourt School and TCS in Port Hope, Ontario.
On graduation from TCS, he returned to Winnipeg and joined his father in business at Atlas Brush. Joe remained a presence at Atlas Graham Industries until his declining health prevented him from attending at the office. He made many innovative changes to the business and was always available to each of his employees. He took great pride in knowing each employee by name and would wish every employee a happy birthday every year.
Joe married Jane in 1963 and together they welcomed their three beautiful children, Jim, Bobby and Linda. Throughout the course of their marriage Jane struggled with significant health issues that eventually claimed her life. Joe found love again with Carolyn, who became the centre of his universe and his reason for being, and together they shared life's joys and sorrows for nearly 42 years.
Joe's home was in Winnipeg, but his heart lived at the family camp in Lake of the Woods. His childhood weekends and summers were spent adventuring through Lake of the Woods with his siblings and cousins and his friends, most of whom Joe maintained for a lifetime. As Joe grew up, his affection for the cabin grew with him. Joe was a past Commodore of RLWYC and remained a lifelong member. Joe and Carolyn also maintained a prolific social calendar, both throwing and attending a number of fine dinner parties across the lake. He remained close with his sisters and it was an almost daily ritual for Sue to come down the path for "pu pu's" and cocktails while watching their favourite soap opera.
Joe was the epitome of a gentleman. Life was often not easy dealing with much illness and loss in his immediate family however he always saw the best in life and in the people around him. He will be remembered by Jim for his strength in the face of adversity and for being the calm, steady presence through many of life's pitfalls including Jane and Linda's illnesses. He was generous in spirit, had a warm and welcoming heart and made friends wherever he went. Quite simply, he was the family patriarch and we will miss him.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations would be gratefully received by the Linda Joanne Graham Transplant Awareness Trust at the Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 - 1 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3.
Joe's family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Manitoba Club, 194 Broadway Avenue.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Penny and I now live in rural Manitoba and the news Joe has died has reached us. We are deeply saddened to learn of his death. Our Graham connections are long and deep. Penny grew up across the street from Joe's grandfather "R.A." and the two of us would go over and visit him when I first started to date Penny, except times, when arriving at the door, we'd learn: "Grandpa is on the air," which meant he was listening to the radio --- a huge set that sat in its cabinet on the floor beside his chair. I grew up across the street from Joe's uncle Frank and his family and memories of Joe's wonderful eulogy at Frank's funeral still bring a smile to my face. Joe was part of an older group in the neighbourhood, but we were close enough in age to know he was one of the good guys. Later, when we bought a cottage one island over from his we got to know him far better. We also shared a love of Maui and sometimes would see him and his oh so loved Carolyn at Kaanapali. At the lake, Joe and his wooden boat, a classic Lyman, which he lovingly tended with Bob Herd, were an icon of summer. Kind, caring, wise, fun, a true gentleman, are all good descriptions of Joe but above all I will remember him as solid. Joe was grounded, strong, a rock that held no matter what came his way. We send Carolyn, Jim, and his family our condolences. Our lives are far richer for having known him and we are honoured to call him friend. - Posted by: Sheldon and Penny Bowles (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2023

  • *As a close friend of Sue I have known Joe a very long time. He was 5 years younger than us so we found him a bit trying at times! However he grew into such a kind, considerate, gentle man. He and Carolyn had such a wonderful happy time together. I sold them their dream home on Wellington Crescent and. Roy and I spent many happy times at dinners and Super Bowl parties there. They had the opening of the lake party at the end of June celebrating Joe’s birthday. After Roy died they kindly picked me up and took me to all the lake parties. I will always remember his care and kindness.. We will all miss him ❤️ Nancy Ann - Posted by: Nancy Ann Parkhill (Fried) on: Jan 09, 2023

  • My Uncle Joe was a fabulous Uncle that I spent every summer growing up! He was fun and kind and always available! As I grew older he became a friend I always enjoyed visiting! He was also good for a haul of brooms and brushes for my many moves from house to house and he always made me and my family feel welcomed be it at the factory or his home or cottage! A fun memory was visiting him and Carolyn in Maui where again they were both so welcoming and fun! Joan and I will truly miss you Uncle Joe! - Posted by: Arthur Michener (Nephew) on: Jan 07, 2023

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