Canadian Diabetes Association, 442 Adelaide Street North, London, ON N6B 3H8, Parkwood Hospital, c/o St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON N6A 4V2, Robarts Research Institute, P.O. Box 5015, 100 Perth Drive, London, ON 5K8


50 Years


Lorne Graves

Death Notice

GRAVES Peacefully on September 10, 2007, at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington, Ontario, Lorne Howard Graves (B.A. Queen's) of Burlington, Ontario, in his 82nd year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Louise (Wood) Graves. He was the loving father of Jan Graves-Passmore, her husband Mark Passmore and dear grandfather of Emily Passmore. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Edith Wilson of Brantford, Bernice Wood Flett of London, Frances (James) Sommerman of Traverse City, Michigan, Joyce Polgrain of London, and his nieces and nephews. He will be recalled fondly by his curling, ballroom dancing, and lawn bowling friends as well as his teaching and air force colleagues. Born in Scotland, Ontario, he was the son of Ensley and Ethel Graves. He served with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry for the last part of World War II, and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was assigned to 434 Bluenose Squadron of Sabre Jets and for more than 13 years flew from bases across Canada as well as in Zweibrucken, Germany and Metz, France. During this period, he held the Canadian Record for Air to Ground Target Practice. Upon retiring from the air force, he became a respected Secondary School teacher and taught for 21 years at Napanee District Secondary School, where many students came to know him in class, at the Tuck Shop, the Curling Club, and the Rod and Gun Club. He was a dedicated volunteer over the years, at his church, and for various organizations such as Banting House, and the Parkwood Hospital Pet Therapy Program. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call during the hour preceding the Memorial Service to celebrate his life which will be held at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London on Thursday, September 13 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Robarts Research Institute, or Parkwood Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged. "Per Ardua Ad Astra-Through Adversity to the Stars"