In Loving Memory of
Graham Coupland
December 1955 – September 7, 2021

Gone too soon, but finally released from a long and courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Graham was predeceased by his younger brother Russell in 2012 and his father Laurence in 2016.
Left to miss him are his mother Joyce, his beloved wife and soul mate Barb (nee Burgoyne) of 29 years, his daughters Lindsey Fawcett (Paul), Bailey Warner (Sam) and his four beautiful grandchildren Bremner & Kaidance Hopwood, Clark & Matilda Warner, and his adorable fur baby Jayd (his angel), his loving Father and Mother-in-law Layton and Jean Burgoyne, as well as numerous extended family in both the UK and Canada.
Graham was born in Doncaster, England to his loving parents. Graham’s childhood was influenced by the Salvation Army, Brass Band and Songsters where his love of music flourished. Brass Band was his early life, which eventually lead him to Immigrate to Canada in the late 70’s because of his love and talent to play the Euphonium.
After moving to Canada Graham’s love of sports grew to include football (soccer), hockey, baseball, golf, motorsports, and skiing which led him to appreciate the beauty of Canada and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Although Graham played all of these sports he would be the first to admit (and his wife and mates can attest) that he didn’t excel at any of them! Music and art is where he excelled.
Graham loved to travel and was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to so many different places; his favorite being Maui, Hawaii where he and Barb spend countless winter vacations escaping their Edmonton climate.

Graham loved to laugh and blare his love of rock music with his daughter Lindz, both of them proudly singing loud in competition with one another.
He also made friends easily everywhere he went. Graham loved nothing more than to watch a football (soccer) match, kicking a ball and sharing a pint with his mates.
Graham found his passion when he was hired as a truck driver for Action Express where he built many new friendships that spanned over fifteen years.
As difficult as his journey had become a shining light came into his life in 2018 when Lindz, her loving husband Paul and children Bremner and Kaidance returned to Edmonton. The joy of having them at his side gave a new found love for life.
Graham’s family and loved ones wish to express their Love and Gratitude to Barb for her selfless and devoted care towards her husband to the very end.
Graham’s family would like to thank all of the staff at The Cross Cancer Institute for their dedication and care for the past twelve and a half years. They would also like to thank the pharmacists and staff at Save On Foods Mayfield Common for their compassion and warm hearts.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Graham’s name to Myeloma Alberta Support Society. Please visit their website at for further information on how you may donate.

A celebration of Graham’s life will be announced at a later date.
Graham your Spirit is roaming free now, drive into the sunset in your Mini Cooper S (his pride and joy), Ragz and Tobi will ride with you!
Love you to the moon and back!

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Robyne MacDonald

Dear Barb, I just heard the sad news of the loss of your husband. My sincerest sympathy! I only ever met Graham once and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you but my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort and love in the days ahead from your family and friends! Take good care! xx

Bob Pateman

Dear Barb,

I am so sorry to hear about Grahams’ passing. I have many good memories of working with Graham where I would call him Batman on the radio and he would call me Bobin.
Our thoughts are with you Barb. Our sincere condolences.

Bob and Lies

Val Stewart

Graham, you were one of the good ones, never gave up and always smiling, no matter what. I loved spending time with you and Barb. It was so good to see you with your daughter and grandchildren. We know you’re up there kicking a soccer (oops, football!) around, scoring goals. Barb took good care of you, as did your doggos. You are missed!

Joyce Maloney

Dearest Barb;
So glad we were able to have such a nice visit with you and Graham prior to his being hospitalized and then passing. I will remember it always as one of our best visits. In spite of the obvious pain and emotional turmoil you were both going through, you remained gracious hosts and welcomed us always. We of course are deeply sorry for your loss and want you to know that our family will do what we can to help support you through the days of grief ahead. Graham will be missed and we pray now that he is at peace and rest from his long journey. Much love,
Joyce, Mike, Stephen (Laura & family) and Layton Maloney.

Layton & Jean Burgoyne

Our Dear Barb,

We are very sorry we cannot be there with you during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Graham over the years. He was very strong and determined during his fight with cancer. We hope you will find the strength to move forward in the days ahead.
All Our Love,
Mom & Dad

Heather Chapman

Dear Barb,

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Graham. He had such wonderful spirit, a great sense of humor, and always had a funny story to share. It was a long difficult road that he had to live these past few years. You were with him every step of the way. No one could have cared for Graham better than you. He was a very lucky man! We hope you are comforted by the many happy memories you shared together. Always remembered, never forgotten.

We love you,
Heather, Bob, Abby and Ella xo

Amy Burgoyne

Our Dear Barb,
Although we can’t be there for you during this very difficult time our love and prayers will be.
Graham was a very special person in many ways and we know your love for him was unconditional.
You were by his side always and did everything in your power you could possibly do.
We will remember the good times we shared with Graham either on PEI having family get togethers or on escapades at the Irish pubs in Edmonton!!
He will never be forgotten and we are so happy you had many more years together because of him not giving up!
Cheers brother Graham until we meet again!
Love Ross & Amy

Lindz Fawcett

To my dearest Dad,
I made many mistakes finding my way through life!! Yet you never once stop loving and fighting for me and your grandchildren. My heart will be broken until I see you again! You raised a strong minded daughter just like her father. I’m so proud and blessed to have had you in my life as my friend my strength and my dad. We were like two peas in a pod!
As a little girl I always looked up to you and thought you were invincible. Through all the good times , you Werealways blaring the best rock music and singing with me when I was little. School and dance recitals weekends over at yours. Days on the boat hockey games and so much more. They will be forever with me and just like you will hold a very special place in my heart!!
My Daddy, my hero and now my angel xx
Love your little girl Lindz xoxoxox

Terry Carne

I met Grahm on his fist day in Edmonton. He was a friend of my brother in Hamilton. My brother asked me to help out his friend. I’m so happy I did. I met a great person. We became very good friends over the next 35 years. I remember when Grahm and Barb met. It was exciting to watch their love grow to 29 years of marriage. Grahm was a wonderful family man and a great friend. I miss him so much. Our love of heavy metal music, photography, downhill skiing and scuba diving kept things exciting. Grahm asked me to play on his Aloette baseball team. Big mistake! In our first practice , Grahm was trying to steal third base( he was like that). Not on my watch. I was playing first base. I threw the ball to third and hit Grahm square in the back of his head. What a scare! After a few pints at Sherlock Holmes all was well. Amazing stuff them pints. Grahm I miss you so much. You were truly blessed to have such a strong and capable wife. Barb, he couldn’t have asked for more. What a wonderful wife and partner he had. Goodbye my Friend!

Kendra, Devon & Mila Oliver-Dares

Uncle Graham, you will be missed so much. I will forever cherish my memories of you. You always knew how to light up a room with your laugh and smile. Thank you for making Auntie Barb so happy for all these years, you were truly her best friend and soulmate. We are thinking of you Auntie Barb and send all our love and sympathies.

Graham Wood

My deepest condolences Barb.
Graham was a dear friend and always a great person to be around. We will all miss his witty humour. I loved and always appreciated his typically Yorkshire, no fluff, blunt approach to any challenge, which was demonstrated in no uncertain way by his approach to facing multiple myeloma. After many years of fighting it and baffling the experts, it finally took him. Sadly we have all lost good mate.

Dave & Lorna Baxandall

Barb, our deepest sympathy. If you need anything at all please know, we are here for you.

Stuart Henderson

Sorry to hear. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family. He was a caring man I enjoyed our chats together when he came to see me. I was fortunate to meet him. My heart is truly saddened to hear this.

Barry & Doris Quinn

Barb & Family: we are so very sorry for the loss of Graham. We are just around the corner when you need us.

Richard Barclay

Just wanted to send my sincere condolences to Barb and the family.Graham was a great guy who has gone far to soon,after putting up a long and very courageous fight against this evil disease.Rest in Peace
Richard Barclay

Michael V Mayorchak

Car 36, six, dirty tricks, grey hammer, or bud. I’m not sure i ever called you by your proper name when I was dispatching. Our Action family will always remember your smile, wit, professionalism and such a willingness to help others. You are a driver’s driver, and set an example for the rest of us. Graham, thank you for being you, I am proud to call you my friend. RIP # 36.

Ian Andexser

After we moved to Vancouver island in 2005 my occasions of a sharing a pint or playing football with Graham were very rare and I didn’t (thankfully) witness his ongoing struggle with this awful illness. I did enjoy old times again about 18 months ago when I returned to Edmonton and he was his usual happy and positive self and he looked really good. He was so happy to rekindle his closeness with his daughter and grandkids and I left positively hoping that he had turned the corner. …but we have lost another good bloke and friend far too young..
I will join you again one day my friend and remember, “it’s your shout!”

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