Robert Herman Graham (Bob Graham), eldest child of Clarence and Marion Graham of Landis, Saskatchewan, was born on August 10, 1938 in Wilkie, Sask. Bob passed away, at his home, on Feb. 4th, 2016, at the age of 77 years.
Bob was the eldest of the six Graham children. His schooling years were at a one-room, country school, called Wolfe. After leaving school, Bob obtained employment at a family friend’s farm. Shortly after, a new opportunity was presented to Bob. He was asked by his friend, to join him, on a trip to B.C. Mervin returned to Sask., but Bob decided to stay in B.C., hoping to get a job with the power lines. Due to unforeseen cold temperatures, no jobs were available. By now Bob developed a new attraction in B.C., Joan Fischer, who was to become his wife. To this union two sons were born, Brent and Kevin . Years later, with his second marriage , he added two daughters, Vonda and Larenda, Lexina’s girls.
In 1963, Bob moved from Kelowna to Quesnel to work for Phillips Petroleum Bulk Plant . Bob worked hard, purchased a single axle truck to deliver fuel, but remained connected to the Phillips Petroleum. Year by year, his business grew. In 1965, Phillips was taken over by Pacific 66. 1980 Petro Canada bought Pacific 66 and 1986 Petro Canada merged with Gulf Canada. 1995 Bob purchased his own franchise, Bob Graham Ltd.
More trucks and more employees were added. A decision was made to expand, purchasing Williams Lake and 100 Mile House Bulk Plants in 2002. Now Bob had a fleet of approximately 50 trucks and 50 employees. Then after 48 years in the petroleum business, Bob, in August, 2010, entered retirement.
Bob found new adventures. With his third wife, Diane, he spent many months travelling Canada, U.S.A., and abroad. Bob made countless visits back to his roots in Sask. When not travelling, “Retired”, was not a word he enjoyed, so Bob found pleasure in assisting son, Brent, with the Auto Repair businesses.
Bob lived by the saying, “No City and its Organizations can function and develop without the dedicated work of its people”. Along with his wife, Diane, many hours were spent helping to develop the beautiful City of Quesnel, and its endless organizations. Over the years, Bob served as President of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Communities in Bloom, Miss Quesnel Self-Development Program, Shiraoi Twinning Society, Economic Development Organization, and the South Hills Community Assoc. Bob was one of the instigators in seeing a College was started in Quesnel. One of Bob’s love was hockey. In the early years he played. Then he was a referee. He was involved with the Minor Hockey Assoc., the Junior Millionaires, and the Senior Kangaroos.
Many experienced Bob’s generosity. No individual, youth or adult, organization or business, was ever turned away when making a request from Bob. He did his utmost to accommodate everyone. In return, over the years, he was recognized by receiving endless awards and recognitions from committees, organizations, businesses, and individual people.
The final chapter of Bob’s life occurred a few weeks ago. The City of Quesnel honoured Bob, by awarding him, the “2015 Life Time Achievement Award”. Accepting the award on his behalf, was his wife, Diane.