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Andrew Stuard Graham

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ANDREW STUARD GRAHAM JR. "DREW", a resident of Ambler, PA and formerly of Jenkintown, PA and Wyncote, passed away on September 23, 2013 at the age of 82. He was the beloved husband of Margaret "Peggy" Kelleher McDonald Graham for 9 years. His first wife of 47 years, Patricia L. Hardy Graham, died in 2002. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Drew was the eldest son of the late Andrew Stuard Graham, Sr. and the late Dorothy Benkert Graham. Drew graduated from The William Penn Charter School in 1949 and proceeded to Lehigh University where he was a Member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and Pledgemaster, as well as summer house-manager; Drew was also musical director of WLRN, the campus radio station; Drew also played Lacrosse - varsity, "B"; A.I.I.E., Varsity "L" Club. Drew graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1953 Drew received his draft card, and the day before the Army arrived to collect him, he went down to Cherry St. in Philadelphia and joined the United States Marine Corps. Drew served for 4 years in the Marines and was initially based at 8th & I Southeast, Washington D.C. He was a Member of The Presidential Guard at Camp David, serving President Dwight David Eisenhower. Drew finished his service at Parris Island as a Drill Instructor, Honorably Discharged with a good conduct medal. Drew regarded his time in the Marines as a defining experience in his life. In 1957, Drew returned to the work he so loved with his Uncle at the Fairmont Foundry. Recognizing his need for additional education in order to continue in his chosen field, Drew spent the next eight years of nights at Drexel University to acquire his Master's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. With the demise of the Foundry in 1962 Drew went to work with the 106 year old family business Fleck Industries, a large metal stamping and fabrication company in Willow Grove, PA. Drew became Chairman and President of Fleck Industries in 1970 until its closure in 1980. Eventually, Drew's entrepreneurial spirit called to him and he started Hardy-Graham, Inc., in approximately 1982, which he ran until less then a week ago. Drew was a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the National Institute for Packaging, Handling and Logistics Engineers, and the National Wood Pallet and Container Association. He was a Director Emeritus of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, a member of the National Defense Industrial Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Director Emeritus of The Abington Bank, which he helped take public in 2005. Very much involved in his community, Drew was a member of The Union League, the Huntingdon Valley Country Club, the Old York Road Historical Society, the Jenkintown Lyceum, the Rotary Club of Ambler, and he was a Mason and member of Friendship-Williams Lodge #400 F&AM for more than 60 years. He was an avid sportsman, having skied throughout Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and Europe, as well as playing for the Philadelphia Rugby Club for several years as a Scrum Half until he was seriously injured at the bottom of a scrum. He also played in a tennis league and was so involved that he built a tennis court in the front yard at the Wyncote home. In his later years Drew became a Member of the Wheelmen and rode his high wheel bike in thousands of parades as well as every Mummers parade for the better part of twenty five years. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Jenkintown. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving children: A. Stuard Graham, III and his wife, Mary, Andrea Lally, Duncan H. Graham, Anthony Mark McDonald and Megan McDonald-O'Hearn and her husband Sean, by his brothers; George E. Graham and Jeffrey B. Graham, by his sister, Suzanne G. Michener, by his ten dear grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 27, 2013, Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 821 Homestead Road (at York Road) Jenkintown, PA. Interment in Whitemarsh Memorial Park was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue, P.O. Box 15354, Richmond, VA 23227 (www.maessr.org) Arrangements were by Helweg & Rowland Funeral Home, Abington (www.helwegrowlandfh.com)

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Oct. 1, 2013
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