Grafton McFadden

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MCFADDEN, GRAFTON RIDOUT The Rev. Grafton Ridout McFadden, Commander, United States Navy (Retired) died 27 December 2012 in Atlantic Beach, FL of complications after two years with malignant melanoma. Born in Coronado, CA on 9/27/28, he lived in China and the Philippines before his mother settled in her hometown of Annapolis while his father was at sea during World War II. His father, Captain A.G.W. McFadden (USNA '24) and his father-in- law, Captain Albert Konigsberg (USNA '30) became friends during the war. While stationed at the Naval Academy in 1947, CAPT Konigsberg invited Grafton, a plebe, over for dinner. Grafton met Elesa Konigsberg at that time. After graduating on 1 June 1951, Grafton married Elesa on 2 June 1951. Grafton's duty stations included command of two ships, the minesweeper USS FLAMINGO (MSCO-11) and the USS HANNA (DE 449), a destroyer escort. He served in Sasebo, Japan, then attended the Navy's Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, graduating with a degree in oceanography. He served on other ships during the early years of the Vietnam War and as a geophysical officer at duty stations in California, La Spezia, Italy, and Washington, D.C., until he retired in 1974. That summer Grafton entered Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1977. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1978, and served Episcopal and Anglican churches in many states and in the Bahamas.The McFaddens moved to Jacksonville in 1985, and Grafton served several parishes as rector, interim, associate and supply priest. He retired from active ministry in 1998. Grafton is survived by his beloved wife of 61 ½ years, Elesa; their four children, Rodney Grafton McFadden, Christine McFadden Crosby, Anne Elivia McFadden, and Diane McFadden Allen, all of Virginia; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Grafton's older brother, Dr. Archibald Weems McFadden, predeceased him by two years; his younger sister, Anna Maria Brice McFadden, still lives in Annapolis. His wife, Elesa, relocated from Florida to Alexandria, VA. Grafton was kind, compassionate, gentle, cheerful, funny and faithful. He loved his wife, his family, his friends, his congregations and his Lord. He turned to art late in life and became a prolific water color painter. A true gentleman until the end, Grafton is missed by many. A funeral service was held on 5 January at Resurrection Episcopal Church in Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held at St. Anne's, Annapolis on 12 April following inurnment at 0930 at the Naval Academy Columbarium.

Published in The Capital on Apr. 7, 2013
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