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Graham, Jay (Josiah) Johnstone

Jay (Josiah) Johnstone Graham passed away on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the age of 65 years.
Jay is survived by his children, Alice Graham, Sherry Graham, Shae/Shannon Graham (Rodney Miller), Darlene Dyck (Corey), Edna Helwegner (Jay), Jason Graham (Charlotte Andrews) and Amber Toth; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two on the way.
He is also survived by his sisters Ruby May and Margaret Sainsbury (Ron Wiggins); brothers Venard Graham and Robert Graham (Annie); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, 12 brothers and sisters and one granddaughter, Justine.
Jay was born Feb. 12, 1941 in Minitonas, Man., the 13th of 17 children. He attended Grahamville school on the Graham farm and married Gloria Scribner in 1961.
He had a variety of interesting jobs whereby his family was able to travel across Western Canada. He worked in underground mines as a stope leader in 1962 and 1964 and in 1963 helped build the hydro dam in Grand Rapids.
Jay spent a few years building grain elevators then moved onto construction and settled in Redcliff, Alta., where he raised his family and where his children attended school.
Jay moved and settled in the Lethbridge area in the late 1970s with Connie Toth, where his daughter Amber was born. Jay retired and remained in the Lethbridge area.
Jay was a member of the Legion, the Elks and was a member of the 2002 shuffleboard championship team. He enjoyed woodworking and other various crafting and making things for his family.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, in the chapel of Eden’s Funeral Home, Fort Macleod, with Rev Aldeen McKay officiating. Cremation to follow.

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