The Daily Times-Gazette (Oshawa) August 31, 1948


John Wellington Graham passed away at his home in Brooklin Monday afternoon (Aug. 30) after a long illness. He had been in failing health for the past five years and became seriously ill last February.

The late Mr. Graham was the last member of the family of the late Robert Graham and Margaret Udell of Stouffville. He was born in Stouffville, and was in his late 80s. He attended Public School in Uxbridge.

He was married in Toronto in 1906 to Miss Beatrice A. Cox.

He was widely known for his great interest in and knowledge of horses. He acted as judge at many fairs in Ontario and surrounding counties, and was best known as an expert judge of Clydesdales. He was manager of the repository of Burns and Sheppard in Toronto for many years. In 1913 Mr. Graham purchased the Fremont House in Markham, selling this business in 1917. He returned to Toronto and resumed his duties as manager of the repository. About 27 years ago he purchased Brooklin House, and became very actively interested in the Oshawa Fair. He was a director of the fair for many years, and is still listed as an honorary director. He retired from his business five and a half years ago, owing to failing health.

The late Mr. Graham was a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church at Brooklin.

Surviving are his wife and one niece, Mrs. E. Keith Graham, as well as several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He is resting at the Robinson Funeral Parlor in Brooklin until Wednesday afternoon. Private service at the funeral parlor at 3 p.m., followed by service in St. Thomas Anglican Church at 3:30 p.m. The minister of St. Thomas Church, Rev. Gordon Bruton, will conduct both services. Interment will be in Groveside Cemetery, Brooklin.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Henry Lyons, William Medland and Ralph Reeson, all of Brooklin, Walter Gauslin, a nephew, of Fairmont; E. Keith Graham, a nephew, of Dunsford; and Walter McInnis, Toronto.