Stephen Earl Graham lived in Clearwater BC and he loved his life. He was born 66 years ago in Princeton, BC. Steve passed away in Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops on August 26, 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
Steve is survived by his wife Debbie Coldwell, his children Christine, Joshua, Nathan, Adam & Hailey, and grandsons Ethan and Lyndon. Also by his sisters Juanita, Pat, twin sister Julie, Myrna, brother Don, many nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. He was predeceased by his sister Stephanie, mother Julia, father Steve, and stepmother Sarah.
Steve was a worker’s advocate; he fought for injured workers to get their benefits so that they could survive and look after their families. He loved the work, but all his previous jobs helped to give him the base of knowledge to do the job well. He worked on the coast with high lead logging, worked with persons with disabilities, worked in warehouses, for the BC Optometrists Association and many other jobs. He always found a way to enjoy his work.
Steve wasn’t a formal member of any club, but he would help anyone, anytime. He would drop what he has doing to lend a hand and he always managed to make someone laugh in the process. Steve was a very intelligent man, great problem solver, loved to invent things, loved being silly… really he just loved life.
Steve’s legacy is one of caring, compassion and unconditional love. He was a teacher of how to get through the most difficult situations with Grace and Dignity and a smile. He has taught so many of us so many things we will be forever grateful. A special thank you to this amazing community of Clearwater for your love, support and help, especially in the last 5 months.
A Gathering to Celebrate Steve Graham’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Clearwater Community Baptist Church, 24E Old North Thompson Hwy, Clearwater, BC. The service may be seen on-line at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9, or North Thompson Hospice House, Box 1, Little Fort BC, V0E 2C0. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-3030.