Robert Charles Graham died Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center in Olyphant, following a long and courageous battle with his illness.
He leaves his five children, sons Robert Graham and his wife Nancy, Patrick Graham, and Edward Graham and his companion Dana and daughters Debbie Letts and her husband Tom and Kathleen Chapin and her husband Daniel, his sister, Eleanor Burger, 9 grandchildren: Melissa, Catherine, Kristina, Stephen, Stanton, Kimberly, Kyle, Ryan and Sabrina, 12 great- grandchildren: DaeShaun, Dominic, DeAndre, Damiya, Anthony, and Kaylynn, Brynae, Aaron, Haley, Sutton, Ryan and Cohen. The mother of his children, Barbara Graham Gilroy, also survives him. His brothers Patrick, Jerry, and sister Maureen preceded him in death.
Born March 26, 1935 in Scranton, the son of the late Patrick and the beloved Matilda (Tillie) Graham, Bob was the youngest of their five children. After attending West Scranton High School, he left to work in the family business driving and delivering coal. He served in the US Army for six years.
He spent his career driving tractor-trailers as an owner-operator and was later employed by Wooster Motor Lines, Johnson Motor Lines and St Johnsbury. He was a member of the Local Teamsters 229.
He was of the catholic faith and worshipped at St Patrick’s Church in Scranton.
His children remember him as a trusted confidant, and a willing listener, void of judgement of others. Bob practiced paying it forward long before it was vogue, by always being a Good Samaritan to others in need, his actions a reflection of his caring heart. Despite vigorous attempts by his children to sway him, he remained true to his belief that all were equal, and thus no favoritism existed. He accepted people for who they were, regardless of socioeconomic status.
He took pride in his mechanical skills and over the years collected 24 Cadillac’s, restoring them with the help of his sons, Bobby, Patrick, and Edward.
Bob loved to fraternize with friends at the many social clubs he belonged to, and truly cherished those relationships, forged over decades.
He had a passion to entertain and did so singing karaoke at various local establishments throughout the years. Yodeling was another favorite pastime. He traveled regularly to his cherished “happy place,” Alexandria Bay, NY and had a host of good friends he returned to see year after year. He took many road trips solo into his eighties in one of two beloved RV’s, fiercely independent, yet always meeting new friends along the way.
Bobs song has ended for us here on earth, but the heavens will be full of his “Unchained Melody,” “That’s Amore,” and perhaps even an occasional yodel.
Friends may call Saturday from 2-5pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be announced at a future date.
Interment, private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions be made in Robert’s honor to the donor’s favorite charity.