John McNeil Graham
John McNeil Graham passed away peacefully with family beside him on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the age of 84. He was born November 6, 1929, in Des Plaines, Illinois, to James and Eva McNeil Graham. John left home as a teenager and purchased several hundred acres in Smithers BC from a magazine ad – thus beginning a life of adventure. He continued his journey through BC and the Yukon as a Prospector, Diamond Driller, Placer Minor, Hunter (for food not sport), Out Door Lover, Photographer, Artist, Sculpture, and fan of Monty Python, Jazz and Opera Music. Also, the best hotcake maker this world has known. John entered the lives of his stepchildren Suzanne, Julie and Mitch Drzymala, and provided a patient and loving father figure in their formative years. Summer’s as a family were spent camping and living in bush camps in the Yukon. His passion for art saw him taking classes in Vancouver, the Okanagan, New York and more. John”s humour and helpful nature touched many people who will remember him lovingly. For more about John and details regarding a Celebration of Life visit http://memorial.yourtribute.com/JOHNMCNEILGRAHAM/story.aspx Special thanks to Village by the Station in Penticton for their genuine personal care of John. As a friend of John’s said, “ he has gone on his final artistic caper and is prospecting in his favourite mythical haunt somewhere.” We love John very much.