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Aldie, VA - David Joseph Graham (54) of Aldie, VA passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 18, 2018 at 10:42 p.m., following a year-long battle with cancer. Born December 24, 1963, Dave was the beloved husband of Katherine (Katie) P. (Brown) Graham and devoted father of Thomas J. Graham and Jessie E. Graham all of Aldie, VA. Dave was predeceased by several family members whom he loved very much including his parents, Irving and Rita (Ebert) Graham; his brother Patrick Graham, his sister Christine (Graham) Corrow; his nephew Andrew Lefebvre and his father-in-law Reginald C. Brown.

Along with his wife and children, Dave is survived by his brother Matthew and his wife Michelle of Newark, VT; his brother Patrick's widow Karen Murphy of Union Beach NJ; his sister's widower Larry Corrow of East Burke, VT; his nephews Neil Lefebvre of Lyndonville, VT; Patrick Graham of Union Beach, NJ; Myles Graham of Jacksonville, FL; Daniel Corrow of Milford, MA and niece Rachel Corrow of Danville, VT; his Uncle Tom and Aunt Aggie Ebert of Toms River, NJ; his Uncle John and Aunt Nancy Ebert of Manchester Township, NJ and their families. He is also survived by his beloved mother-in-law Nancy C. Brown of Boxborough, MA; sisters/ brothers-in-law Cynthia and John Nye of Old Orchard Beach, ME; Linda Brown of Concord, MA; Sue Brown of Ayer, MA; Jen and Scott Thornton of Malden, MA and nephews Daniel, Luke, Sam, Adam and Parker as well as numerous extended family members, life-long friends, colleagues and co-workers.

Dave was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised in Union, Beach, NJ where he worked for Semcore as a concrete corer and cutter and then for the Monmouth Park Service as a groundskeeper and trailblazer. Dave was a proud member of the United States Coast Guard where from 1981-1984 he worked as a damage controlman in the engine room and a cook on the USCGC Evergreen stationed out of New London CT. Dave earned an Associate Degree from Brookdale Community College and went on to work for the United States Park Police from 1992 to December 29, 2017 when he retired after 25 years of service. Dave met Katie at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, GA where they were in the same rookie class. As a devoted member of the Park Police, Dave started his career as a District 1 patrolman, then became a member of the SWAT team. He spent a majority of his career as a Sergeant on the protection detail for four Department of the Interior Secretaries; travelling to four continents, Greenland, numerous U.S. territories, and overnighting in all 50 states. He took numerous trips to Las Vegas and New Orleans and went to many different cities and villages in Alaska, including Barrow (now called Utqiagvik) aka "Top of the World". Dave finished his distinguished career as a Patrol Sergeant on the George Washington Memorial Parkway where he supervised a squad of officers he was very proud of. Throughout his time at the Park Police, Dave worked with many people whom he truly respected, enjoyed and admired; many of whom became long-lasting friends.

Dave became an avid outdoorsman during his childhood days in Union Beach, NJ where he had the freedom to roam with his brothers and friends, exploring new hobbies such as hunting and fishing. As an adult, he loved traveling to the mountains and ocean (though not a fan of sitting on the beach!); going on camping trips and visiting historical places such as Harper's Ferry and Williamsburg with his family; and hunting - in his backyard, with his friends in VA, and up at his brother-in-law Larry's camp in VT. Dave enjoyed working in his yard, fixing cars in his garage and doing carpentry projects in his basement workshop. Dave loved helping others with problem-solving and fixing broken possessions. Many family members, neighbors, and friends benefited greatly by his ability to fix anything and his willingness to help wherever and whenever needed.

David was an avid sports fan particularly the Minnesota Vikings, the Boston Celtics and the NY Yankees (until his son Thomas and the sportsmanship of Cal Ripken Jr. converted him to the Orioles!) He was the first person Katie knew who faithfully routed for teams other than the local home teams.

Dave made many strong bonds through his life and will be remembered in special ways by many people. Some of the things a person collects in life are kept in their memory. Dave's collection of information and stories accrued during his life and will be forever cherished by all who shared and/or heard them.

Visiting hours, followed by a short memorial service, will be held on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 1PM-3PM at Saint David's Episcopal Church located at 43600 Russell Branch Pkwy Ashburn, VA. Following his wishes, Dave's ashes will be interred at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, MA where he and Katie were married, later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be sent to Capital Caring Hospice Services, 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, VA 20105 or www.capitalcaring.org.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 22, 2018
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