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Walter Joseph Graham

Obituary for Walter Joseph Graham

February 1, 1935 - November 29, 2020
Elkton, Maryland | Age 85

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Walter Joseph Graham of Elkton, (formerly, Baltimore), passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020 after a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 85.
Mr. Graham was a lifelong Marylander, having moved here from Philadelphia when he was six. He was a 1953 graduate of the Salesianum School in Wilmington and then served with the National Guard in the Tank Corps. Mr. Graham worked as an electrician all his life and was a member of Local 24 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers retiring in 2002.
A competitive roller skater and coach since a young age, Mr. Graham was well known in Maryland roller skating circles throughout the greater Edgewood, Bel Air, and Odenton areas. "He was a pivotal role model and mentor to many young, aspiring skaters over the years." Said his life partner of 20 + years, Walt Osborne.
Mr. Graham was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and had sung with the Irish Jasper Greens, Bykota on Stage, Senior Star Showcase, and Paint and Powder. He was also often called upon as a soloist for birthdays, weddings, and church services. In addition, Mr. Graham was a member of Chapel Street Players in Newark, DE, and was one of its principal costumers. "Singing and sewing were his passions, and he was remarkable at both," said Mr. Osborne.
Mr. Graham was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Gertrude Graham, and his older brother, Dan. In addition to Mr. Osborne, survivors left to mourn his passing include Mr. Osborne's daughter, Liz, Mr. Graham's nieces Debbie (John), Connie (Paul), Mary (Tim), and his nephew Dan (Diane). Additional survivors include four great nephews, a great niece, two great-great nephews, and a great-great niece, as well as several cousins in the greater Philadelphia area.
Services are private. A memorial service is being planned for sometime next year when COVID restrictions permit. Donations may be made payable to "Chapel Street Players" or "Maryland Food Bank" and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send online condolences please visit, www.rtfoard.com.

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