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Milton James
Graham, Jr.

Milton James Graham, Jr., beloved husband, father, and friend died of acute myelogenous leukemia on April 4, 2014. His family was at his side caressing and embracing him with quiet conversation, sweet music and prayers until the end. Born in Kingston, PA on July 31, 1931, he spent his childhood in Syracuse, NY. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served four years with the Coast Guard and achieved the rank of First Class Radioman. He resided with his family in Franklin, MA and Manhattan Beach, CA while working for Hamilton Avnet Electronics. His career spanned thirty-four years when he retired in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Sales for Avnet Electronics and Corporate Vice President of Avnet, Inc. Milt was a talented man who loved to sing and dance and he was known to liven up any get-together with a funny joke or anecdote. His passions included sailing, camping, skiing, golfing, cooking and gardening. Milt was president of the Manhattan Beach Community Garden and Volunteer Docent for the Manhattan Beach Growing Great gardening program at Pacific Elementary School. He was an energetic grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren, including teaching them the art of baking the perfect Christmas cookie, insisting it was important not to waste the dough! His family would like to thank Dr. Sun, Dr. Hool, their staff, and the exemplary nurses and doctors at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, for helping Milt fight for as long as he could. He was devoted to Priscilla, his loving wife of 56 years and he was cherished by his daughters, Deborah Sax, Tamara Graham, Laura Sutton and Pamela Loiola, and his sons-in-law, Jeffrey Sutton and Jose Loiola. He was most proud of his grandchildren, Lauren Bliss and her husband, Robert, John Sax, Graham Sutton, Juliana, Sophia, Priscilla, and Victor Loiola, and his great-grandson, Ethan Bliss, all of whom live in California. The family is planning a celebration of his life later this year. "I think a successful life is one in which you have many friends. And you look at the world through positive eyes. You're not always taking the world apart and trying to mold it into the way you think it should be. Rather, you accept what life brings and stay happy and grateful for what you have." ~Milt Graham. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. White & Day Colonial
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 13, 2014
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