William M. Graham Sr., 88, of Ogdensburg
Funeral services for William M. Graham Sr., 88, of 818 South Water St., Ogdensburg, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home, 515 Caroline St., Ogdensburg.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Mr. Graham died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, with his loving family by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara E.; four children and their spouses, Angela E. and Michael Johnson, Degrasse, William M. Graham Jr. and Lora Bogardus, Ogdensburg, Susan J. and Russell Stewart, Redwood, and Elizabeth G. and Benjamin Lyons, Morristown; six grandchildren, Jacquelyn and Nicole Knable, Ethan, Casey and Lily Stewart, and Isabelle Lyons; three great-grandchildren, Emma and Elizabeth Barr and Logan Peabody; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Graham was predeceased by his stepfather, Philip Graf; and his maternal grandparents, Maxime and Della Chevrier.
He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ogdensburg, son of Beatrice Chevrier and William Graham. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1942.
In February 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater during World War II, including at Omaha Beach in Normandy and at Bastogne, France, during the Battle of the Bulge.
He earned the American Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in March 1946. During his military service he studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Clarkson University and the University of Virginia.
He was employed during construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, had worked at Alcoa and for various construction companies throughout the state. He semi-retired in the early 1980s, but later worked for more than decade as a greeter at Wal-Mart.
Mr. Graham served on Ogdensburg City Council in the early 1980s and was chairman of the city Republican Committee from the mid 1980s until the early 1990s.
He was quick to laugh, never backed down from a fight and had an unfailing sense of fairness. He was a loving father and husband who will be dearly missed by his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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