Dear Graf family and loved ones,
I have just learned of Dr. Graf's passing from my brother and sister-in-law who reside in New England. Tears have welled up in my eyes, as I write, as I was one who was fortunate enough to have worked for Dr. Graf for about thirteen years back in the 70's & 80's before leaving only because I felt that I was to pursue ministry endeavors in my life.
Dr. Graf was an amazing veterinarian who went to great lengths to care for each and every beloved pet who came to his practice.
I recall one time, when I was driving by the clinic late at night, I saw that, out of the ordinary, the surgery room light on so I thought I would stop in to see what was going on so late, perhaps he needed some assistance.
There he was, by himself, just finishing doing surgery on a dog who was probably someone's pet, but unfortunately did not have any identification on him at all. Dr. Graf had been out running, as he often did several times a day when he was training for the marathons that he raced, and he found this poor dog who had been hit by a car, laying in pain along the side of the road, unable to get up and walk.
Dr. Graf had arrived home and immediately had gone back out with his vehicle to pick up the dog to take him back to his hospital so he could do the surgery necessary to help him survive and heal. And, the dog did heal up well, with Dr. Graf's generosity and excellent care, and after a time when an owner could not be located, Dr. Graf found him a new home where he was very well loved.
I remember these sort of things taking place more than just a few times. We often were able to find stray or injured animals new homes when they had no where to go. I loved that about him, he never gave up and always did all that he could for the animals in his care.
This is the essence of who he was - such a great man - and, his expertise was bar none. Everything he did, he did with excellence. He inspired many, including me. He was a very giving person and it showed every day.
I witnessed his deep love for his wonderful family and he was so very proud of his children - he talked about them often, it was very obvious how much he loved his wife and children and extended family members.
Carol, Bill, Cindy, and Kelly, and loved ones ~ I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Graf's passing in this tragic manner, yet while doing what he did best - caring so much and absolutely doing all he possibly could for one of his loved ones, this one, his beloved GiGi.
It was a great honor to have worked for Dr. Graf and I am so thankful for all that he taught me, both about animal care and life itself, during my years working at Manor Animal Hospital.
I have always cherished my time spent working for Dr. Graf. I have so many wonderful memories of he and his family, co-workers, his well-loved pets, (I particularly remember Ray, his beautiful English Setter and running partner at that time, among others), our beloved, rescued and adopted 'office cats' (Ben, Corey, and Rosanna) and his many clients there at Manor Animal Hospital. Dr. Graf will always be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him.
Please know that all of you and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.