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GRAHAM, Mervin William “Merv”

September 24, 1932 – December 25, 2018

Mervin William Graham (Merv), beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at the age of 86 years and is lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

Merv was born in Russell, ON, on September 24, 1932, and grew up on the family farm where he was the middle child of five children. As a young man, Merv headed west and found work in the oilpatch with his brother, Willard. He met Cecilia Pascal while she was working as a nurse at the Didsbury Hospital. They were married November 8, 1951 and raised six children. Merv’s career at Mobil Oil enabled the family to live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Alaska, and Norway, eventually retiring in Calgary in 1988, to be close to family. Merv enjoyed golfing, curling, downhill skiing, his 1929 Ford Model A, travelling and working around the house and making improvements and updates to it. His activities included being active in the Model A Club and skiing with the kids from Wood’s Homes.

Merv is survived by his children, Nora Curlett (Hal), Timothy, Judson,  Roberta Funk, Theresa McNish, and Christina Thompson (Allan); along with nineteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sister Lillis Morrice; sister-in-law Verla Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews; and of course his dog Sable.

He is predeceased by his loving wife Cecilia; his parents Percy and Lulu Graham; brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Dorothy (Dot) Graham; brother and sister-in-law, Eldred (Dave) and Jackie Graham; brother, Bevis Graham; brother-in-law, Lloyd Morrice; daughter-in-law, Linda Graham (Tim); grandson, Austin Curlett; and sons-in-law, Ken Funk (Roberta) and Colin McNish (Theresa).

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 4, 2019 4:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life in the Hospitality Centre at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB) at 5:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Mervin Graham, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Merv’s passing. We had really good chats these past few years. About old times and our dogs he surely did enjoy his little Sable. Oh how I loved going to the farm for my holidays with Aunt Lulu and Uncle Percy and family. The family was so special to my Dad. Thank you Theresa for your call I will be in touch. Fern

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  2. Merv had a way of engaging you in conversation that made you feel so interesting and important. I enjoyed talking with him about his travels with his lovely wife Cec. My condolences to the Graham family.

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  3. Sorry that Merv passed away, but I know he is in heaven with Cec and in Gods presence. A good man we Sexton family enjoyed being with. He and Cec took I and Frank to the dinosaur museum that was one of the highlights of our trip to Calgary.
    Cousin Patty Snider Rocha

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  4. Corinne Godlonton

    To the Graham family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Corinne, Glen and Harrison Godlonton

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  5. Dave & Claire Werth

    Sorry to hear of Merv’s passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  6. FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS,OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES.
    I KNOW MY DAD (GEORGE) AND MERV ENJOYED MANY HOURS
    TALKING AND ENJOYING EACH OTHERS COMPANY.

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  7. Merv was a true gentleman who was loving and generous. We enjoyed family visits and shared many stories about time spent in Nova Scotia. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour and love of life. With deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family.

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  8. Very sorry to hear Merv has gone. I have many fond memories of our association, Dot and I with Cec and Merv. We got together here in NS and in NL. We had a lot of fun and kidding on the golf courses. He faced many challenges in his career but he could remain very calm.
    My sympathies to all the family.

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  9. Bill & Sharon Ackerman

    Sad to hear of Merv’s passing. Truly a wonderful husband, father grandfather, great grandfather and always a gentleman. Always calm and happy to converse.

    Our deepest sympathies to all the Graham family

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  10. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

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  11. My deepest sympathy to the Graham family in the loss of Merve. He was a wonderful man. He was my boss for several years and my friend ever since. Even though only 7 years separated us, he treated me as a daughter with kindness and thoughtfulness. It was always evident that Cec and his children were #1 in Merve’s life and now he and Cec will be together again. God bless them both. Phyllis

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  12. Heart and Stroke Foundation

    With deepest sympathy and love. Verla and David Graham.

    Please note: Verla and David have made a $50 donation to Heart & Stroke.

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  13. Bill and Mary Funk

    To The Graham Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. May God be with you and grant you peace.
    God Bless

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  14. I met Merv in the summer of 1958 in Weyburn Saskatchewan. He was the tool push on Mobil’s Rig 1 and I was a greenhorn from Ontario. Merv took me under his wing and was always patient and understanding. In the future our paths would cross, and we became good friends. Our families shared many happy times together in Nova Scotia. Merv was always smiling, thoughtful, and true to his word. Ruth joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to all of Cec’s and Merv’s loving family.

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  15. Cathy McNish & Family

    To the Graham Family: We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you during this time difficult time. May his soul rest in peace and take comfort in the wings of his loving wife and family.

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  16. Our sincere condolences to all of Merv’s Family. So sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a nice man, and very kind. My husband , Gordie worked for him moving oil rigs in the Eagle Plains area, in the arctic , in the early 60’s. May he rest in peace.

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  17. Cheryl Michael Abel

    My condolences to the Graham family from myself and my father (Wes). Theresa and Christina, I remember many dinners with you and your mom and dad when we were in Norway and again in Nova Scotia. Your mom scared me when I was little, but your dad was always a safe haven to run to! I know that my dad enjoyed working with Merv and sharing both triumphs and tragedies in the oil industry. I remember both your parents fondly as part of my childhood.
    My prayers to you at this time.

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  18. My deepest condolences to everyone close to Merv, my grandfather as I was very close to him myself. I was born on the same day as him so whenever our birthday came around I was always very happy knowing I was sharing it with someone. Although this following September he won’t be here physically to celebrate with me and my family, we will always remember him and how much of an amazing person he was to everyone.

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