GRAHAM, Dorothy Eileen (nee Easton) - Dorothy Graham left us, unexpectedly, at 84, having "climbed every mountain". Her favourite song, the lyrics sum up her approach to life, achieving the goals she set for herself regardless of delays along the way. Her education interrupted by family tragedy, she went back and graduated high school in her 50's, beaming with pride standing with her teen-aged classmates. Similarly, she earned her driver's licence late in life - not to drive, husband Hugh did that, but because she needed the ID. Despite arthritis in later years, she took pride in crafts from ceramics to rug hooking to sewing. Sewing was a particular pride and joy. Dot was also an incessant baker, once providing 120 butter tarts on short notice for the local high school football team. Her butter tarts were coveted by all who knew them. Dot had a soft spot for dogs and cats, collecting cat images in everything from sculpture to pictures, and raising several family dogs. Dot and her husband Hugh, who passed on just this past November, were inseparable for over 60 years of marriage. Together they raised daughters Sue and June. They travelled the world together, even including a trip to Alaska while Dorothy was wheelchair-bound. And when Hugh became a children's clown, Dorothy was beside him in costume. That was a little surprising, given Dot's business persona as a legal secretary, with a penchant for correct and proper English - the original "spellcheck". Dorothy will be missed forever by many, especially by daughters Sue and June, Sue's husband George and their son CJ along with Catherine, and by both Dot's and Hugh's families. Not to mention Silver, Sport and Bogart, the dogs of the extended family. Dorothy's life will be celebrated Friday, January 11th with visitation at 1:30 p.m. and a service at 2:30 p.m. at PINE HILLS CEMETERY & VISITATION CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (north of St. Clair Ave. E., 416-267-8229), after which Dorothy will be reunited with Hugh at St. Margaret's-in-the-Pines Cemetery. Donations to the Toronto Humane Society would be appreciated by Dorothy and the family.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 10, 2013