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George W Graham, age 93 passed away on November 8, 2020 following a short illness.
George was born on September 7, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He is the son of the late Harry Graham and the late Lillian Converse. The majority of his early years were spent in Springfield Massachusetts, graduating from Springfield College and obtaining his graduate degree from UMass Amherst.
After his three years of service in the United States Navy, George returned home in 1950 and married Barbara Smith and was a devoted husband for 70 years. Shortly after, they moved to Rochester, New York, where they started their family and began their careers. George taught physical education at numerous schools in the Rochester City School District, mainly at Charlotte Junior Senior High School, where he was the Athletic Director in addition to his teaching duties.
George touched many of his students lives through the numerous years he spent coaching athletics. He coached football, swimming, baseball, and golf. He was highly regarded by his players, fellow coaches, officials and parents for his passion, organization and his leadership. George was inducted in the Section Five Football Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as, the Section Five Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015. He continued his relationship with Section Five athletics after his retirement by becoming a swimming official and was the official statistician for the Section Five Football tournament for many years.
In addition to his teaching and coaching, George was an avid golfer, as both he and Barbara were active members at the Lake Shore Country Club for many years. As a native New Englander George was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots.
George is survived by his loving wife Barbara; their three sons Douglas (Darlene), Robert (Tamara), Stephen (Mary McShea); grandchildren Michael (Colleen), Christopher (Elaina), Matthew (Katy), Ashley (Kyle), Olivia; great grandchildren Carter, Maxwell, Maisie. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Lillian and his sister Gloria.
A Memorial Service will be held for George’s honor privately, but will be livestreamed on the funeral home website on Saturday, November 21st at 2PM. Please CLICK HERE for livestream. This event will go live on Saturday, November 21st at 2 PM. Burial will follow this spring at White Haven Memorial Park.
The family would like to express their gratitude toward all caregivers at the Glenmere Assisted Living Facility and The Friendly Home.