James Douglas Graham


GRAHAM, James Douglas


James (Jim) Douglas Graham died in Edmonton, Alberta on the July 5, 2016, at the age of 95. Jim is survived by his wife Margaret and his four children Pamela, Libby, Margie and Doug.

Jim was born in Toronto, Ontario on December 15, 1920, to his parents William and Esther Graham.  He was a graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in English and History, and earned a teaching certificate from McMaster University in 1959.  Jim married Margaret Emma Lownds on September 3, 1947, and celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this past year.


Jim had a full, interesting and dynamic life.  He served in the air force, based in Nova Scotia, during World War II.  Jim, with Margaret by his side, embarked on a career in international development as he served as a teacher, a teacher trainer, a mentor, advisor and diplomat, and worked in countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.


Jim was a family man who provided love, attention and kindness to his wife, Margaret, and support and encouragement to his children along their every path.  Jim was a highly principled and gracious person who firmly believed in justice and doing the right thing, which he applied to his family, work and life in general.  He was approachable, thoughtful, well-read and respected others. He was a member of the Edmonton writing group for many years and the author of The Third Best Man and Other Stories from Ethiopia and Nigeria. He was also an active resident at Canterbury Court where he sat on a number of committees and led the fundraised for two years for staff gratuities. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.


A memorial service will be held at the Canterbury Court Chapel at 2:30 pm on Saturday July 23, 2016 (8403 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 4L3), with an informal reception to follow – also at Canterbury Court.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Prostate Cancer Society or WUSC Student Refugee Program. Condolences can be sent to Serenity Funeral Service.


The family would like to thank our good friends and colleagues for their support and would also like to thank the caring and competent medical team (led by Dr. Jerome) and all the wonderful staff at Canterbury Court for the immeasurable support provided to Jim in his last days to ensure his comfort, well-being and dignity.

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8403 142 Street NW, Edmonton

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Christine Johnston

Jim corresponded with his Scottish cousin Alex, my dad, for many years. After my parents died I kept in touch with him. I will miss his warmth and affection for us, his Scottish family. My thoughts are with you all.
Christine xx

Ann Baron

To know him is to love him. Thinking of you Margaret.Douglas, Pamala, Libby and Margie. The many years we lived almost like extended family in Jamaica and Ottawa. Such a man, such a life, such a friend. With you in Spirit. Ann

Joyce Harries

When I was with Jim in creative writing and critiquing sessions at Strathcona Seniors’ Centre with Jim, I valued his kindness, astuteness, and always his gentle ways.
I’m so sorry I’ll be away when his life is celebrated on July 23.
He was a fine man.
Joyce Harries

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