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Charles N. Graham

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Charles N. Graham 1942 - 2009 BRISTOL, VT The Rev. Charles N. Graham, 67, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, in Clarendon. Born Sept. 3, 1942, in Bennington, son of Harley and Jean Burt Graham, Reverend Graham graduated from Bennington High in 1960 and attended Union College in Barbourville, Ky., where he earned a B.A. in 1964. After college, he attended seminary in Ohio. He received a Master of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School and was ordained a minister in 1967. Reverend Graham served as the pastor of several churches in his career, almost all in and around Vermont, including Essex, N.Y., Hardwick, Grand Isle and North Hero, the Monkton Friends Methodist Church and the Bristol Federated Church. He retired from Bristol and Monkton in 2008 after serving there for 17 years. For the past year, Reverend Graham attended the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Charles loved dogs. He owned five cocker spaniels in his life, including King, Buffy, Misty, Sadie, and Tuffles. He lived an active life, often walking his dog, attending local community events and visiting with friends and members of his church. He was a lover of history and civics, especially all things having to do with Vermont. Charles leaves his sister, Holly Jean Graham of Goffstown, N.H.; two nephews, Michael Josef Adamowicz, Matthew Aaron Adamawicz and wife, Nicole, all of Waltham, Mass.; a grand-nephew, James, special cousin Janice Hogan of Cheshire, Conn.; and his beloved dog Tuffles. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Bristol Federated Church. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Groton Village Cemetery. Friends may call at BROWN- MCCLAY FUNERAL HOME in Bristol on Friday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. A Masonic service will be held 8 p.m. on Friday during the calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bristol Federated Church, Attn. the Rev. Bill Elwell, 37 North St., Bristol, VT 05443, or Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 10, 2009
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