A lifetime resident of the area, Graham Hess passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 26, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 92.
Graham was born and raised on the family farm in Williamsburg Township, on November 21, 1921, to his parents Saxon and Della Hess (nee Wells). On October 4, 1941, he married the love of his life Emma Merkley at her grandparents home in Dunbar. Together they had two children Richard and Judy.
Graham worked at several jobs in Cornwall including butchering in his brother Colbourne’s store and work for Bell Telephone when the Seaway was being built where they lived. He also helped on his Uncle Ross Hess’s farm in Aultsville.
In the mid fifties, Graham purchased the Shannette farm on Saving Street. There he farmed and lived until March 3 of this year, when he moved to the Hartford in Morrisburg.
In the early 70’s, Graham purchased the Don Hess farm to expand his farming when his son joined him in partnership.
Graham was active in Municipal Council and served on church council of the Lutheran Church of which he was a lifelong member. Graham was a dedicated member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for over 50 years.
Graham never really retired, but semi-retired to enjoy many years of camping and fishing and making strong, lasting friendships with other campers.
Graham’s last five weeks at home were spent at the Hartford which he loved due to the great food, the many people to visit with and finally the activities. On April 10th, he had three dances at an activity, saying he thought he would never have danced again if not for being there.
Graham is survived by his daughter Judy Raistrick of Greely, his daughter-in-law Jane Hess of Williamsburg and his grandchildren Denny Raistrick, Jill Robinson, Rob Raistrick, Ricky Hess. He will be lovingly remembered by his great-grandchildren Mercedes, Doug, Bobby, Emma, Callum, Taylor and Emma Jane.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Graham was predeceased by his wife Emma, his son Richard, his sister Olive Hatfield and his brothers Colbourne and Gerry Hess.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be at a later date.
Donations to the Williamsburg Odd Fellows Lodge would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.