William J. Graham, 41, millwright, attempted to save Herbert G. Piercy, 21, laborer, from suffocation, Sydney, Nova Scotia, July 11, 1950. (See case of HERBERT G. PIERCY.) 3687-42113
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William James Graham, 62, of Sydney, N.S., died on Oct. 27, 1971, in City of Sydney Hospital after a long illness. A son of James and Ellen (Adams) Graham, he was born and educated in Elmsdale, P.E.I., and came to Sydney as a young man. He was employed for 36 years as a millwright in the coke ovens department of the Sydney Steel Plant. In 1951, he received the Carnegie Medal for risking his life to save a fellow worker the previous year. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.
A volunteer in Canada’s Armed Forces, Graham served on active duty for six years. He was involved in the sport of harness racing.
Graham, who was married to the former Margaret Anne Currie, was survived by his children, John James (“Jamie”) Graham; Michael (“Mick”) Graham, William Francis (“Billy”) Graham; Harold Joseph (“Happy”) Graham; and Sheila Anne Burns; siblings Arthur Keir, George Graham, Charles Graham, Emily Martin, and Thelma Graham. He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Mary Ellen Graham; sister, Roberta Graham; and brother, Handsford Graham.
He was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Sydney.
(Edited from an obituary published in the Cape Breton Post on Oct. 28, 1971.)