Paul Graham gently passed away surrounded by his girls on January 28, 2016 in Kelowna, BC.
Born to Margaret and Thomas Graham, Paul grew up in Toronto with four brothers: John, Gerry, Leo, and Peter. He was also very close with his many ‘kissing’ cousins and extended family in Ontario. Summers were spent in Georgian Bay where Paul developed a love for boating and spending time on the water with friends and family.
While attending Ryerson University, Paul worked summers as a waterski instructor at the Delawana Inn where he met Helen. They married in 1973 in Toronto and Paul graduated shortly after. Paul’s career in hospitality brought him to work at Aston Resort, the Ontario Government Protocol Office, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Windemere House, and Minaki Lodge. His passion for looking after people created a lasting impression on the many guests and staff he touched over the years. Paul retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Paul was an incredible father to Andrea and Clare. He raised them with love, integrity, and a sense of humour. Despite the challenge of living with Parkinson’s, Paul always stayed positive. His girls were first and foremost and he gave them a beautiful life. The love Paul and Helen shared is undeniable. It is the type of true love that lasts forever.
His greatest passions were family and friends and his social network spread across Canada and Australia. Paul’s genuine smile inspired the same in everyone he met and he used his ‘dad’ humour to break the ice at any opportunity. Under that humour was a generosity and selflessness that shone through. Paul always said he wanted to be a positive influence in people’s lives and he lived this goal out daily.
Please join us in sharing your memories of Paul.
He lives on in our hearts.
Andrea, Clare, and Helen
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