William GRAHAM

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GRAHAM, William Eadington
It is with great sadness that we announce William (Bill) Eadington Graham, 91, passed away peacefully in Surrey, B.C. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on March 12, 1923, to William and Lily Kate Graham. Bill received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees with Distinction in architecture and then urban planning from Durham University. During that time he joined the RAF and was sent to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for pilot training. There he met Helen Grierson Beamish and they were married almost 70 years ago on June 30, 1944. Bill was truly an exceptional and eclectic man. After being badly injured during the war, he commenced his professional career in 1946 as Director of Planning for Armagh County in Northern Ireland and then proceeded in 1953 to be the first Director of Planning for the City of Saskatoon. In 1963, Bill was appointed Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver where he served for ten years during a key time in Vancouver's history. He started the process of revitalization and renewal in the Vancouver core that led directly to Pacific Centre and Gastown, and later to other projects like Granville Island. For twelve years prior to retirement, Bill formed and then ran his own architectural and planning firm, William Graham Consultants, which had offices in Vancouver and Seattle. Throughout his professional career, Bill won many national and international awards for urban design and innovation. Recently, the City of Saskatoon honoured Bill by naming a new city park in his name, W.E. Graham Park, for his many contributions to the city. Bill's retirement allowed him to return to his many artistic passions, which dominated his life until his late 80s. He became known locally as a landscape water colourist, having participated in many art shows with the Tsawwassen Art Guild. He also returned to his love of music, playing his violin and singing in church choirs and the Brock House Men's Quartet. Although Bill had many significant professional and artistic successes in his life, he was most proud of his family and took great interest in all of their endeavours. He was always inquisitive and, even into his late 80s, he provided invaluable feedback and guidance to the work of his children and grandchildren. He is survived and greatly missed by his loving wife, Helen; his sister, Angela (Alan) in Newcastle; and his four children, Christopher Graham (Kathy) of Surrey, David Graham (Myra) of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sheilah Graham of White Rock and Susan Shumka (James) also of White Rock. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Alison, Heather, Will, David, Trevor, Adam, Eadington and Lewis; and two great-grandchildren, Camden and Liam; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kate, in 2006. A Celebration of Life will be held at Tsawwassen Alliance Church, 4951 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in memory of Bill to the charity of your choice.
Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 13 to June 14, 2014
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