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James S. Graham


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James S. Graham

James Stewart Graham, much loved father and husband, passed away February 15th, from pancreatic cancer. Jim was proud to proclaim his nickname, "Grusome". He is survived by his children, Allison Zingmark, Jeff Graham, and Ann Graham, his wife of 36 years Pam Smith-Graham, sisters Phyllis Kohl and Mary Graham, and granddaughters Amber Zingmark Holmes and Jeannette Zingmark. His parents, John Henry (Harry) and Elsie Graham, sister Elaine Bratt and brother Bob Graham previously passed away.

Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1942 and started his life on a farm. He spoke fondly of going to school in a one room schoolhouse. In his teenaged years, he and his family moved into Lincoln. His high school jobs included working at Hinky Dinky and at one of the early McDonalds. A favorite pastime was roller skating, including participating in semi-pro roller skating shows. While attending college he met and married Sharon Rae and they welcomed Allison and Jeff into their lives. Jim was working as a firefighter when he and a friend traveled to Seattle to take the Seattle Fire Department exam. Unfortunately, his poor vision precluded his getting hired, but from this brief exposure he and his friend both loved Seattle so much, they packed up their families and moved here.

Once in Seattle he worked at Boeing. He enjoyed his job trying to break airplane parts (seeing what stress they could take). He moved on to Seattle City Light working as a Line Helper. He was promoted to Lineworker Apprentice and then to Lineworker. He moved over to being a Cablesplicer and retired as a Locater, locating underground electrical lines. Jim retired after working at City Light for over 34 years. It was at City Light he met Pam Smith-Graham, they married and had daughter Ann.

Jim's passion was cooking. His chili and smoked meats were clamored for, and seeing what he'd bring to a potluck was a something to look forward to. He enjoyed all parts of planning, shopping for, and cooking a dish or a meal to be shared with others. His hobbies included skiing, working on his AMC Rambler Rogue and vegetable and herb gardening.

Jim enjoyed his retirement years with travel and working in his shop. A favorite saying was, "ask me what day it is" and then answer, "it's Saturday." Because every day is Saturday when you are retired.

He wanted people to know that he loved the family, no matter how big it got, with both official and unofficial family members.

A celebration of his life will be held on March 25th from 2 to 5 pm at the family home in Seattle. Donations in his memory should be made to Planned Parenthood.

Please sign Jim's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 21, 2017
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