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Born: Jun 11, 1928

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2018

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GORDON GRAHAM June 11, 1928 - February 7, 2018 Husband. Farmer. Father. Agricultural Leader On February 7, 2018 Gordon Graham passed away peacefully in Cochrane, Alberta. His devoted wife Pat and members of his family were with him as he moved on. A farmer from Newdale, Manitoba, Gordon was a leader in the agricultural community. A graduate of the University of Manitoba's Agriculture Diploma program, he met Patricia Fall, the love his life, while attending university. Gordon was constantly looking for ways to add value to agricultural production leading him to become a seed grower and run a successful seed plant in addition to farming. He vigorously supported the introduction of rapeseed and its transformation into modern canola as a free enterprise option for farmers looking to diversify their marketing options. Always an advocate for producers, he was the first farmer to become Chairman of the Canola Council of Canada in 1975 through 1977. Gordon's unswerving support for the canola industry was recognized with a lifetime membership to the Canola Council of Canada in 1998 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. After Gordon and Patricia retired and sold their farm they started on a new adventure. In their full sized RV they toured all over North America, wintered in Florida and built a new house in Cochrane. It is truly said that Gordon was never happier when he was on the road heading for a new destination. Gordon had a quick sense of humour and a willingness to tease and be teased. He will be remembered for his devotion to family and his love of dogs, especially his favourite four-legged companion Kelly. Gordon will be sorely missed by Patricia and the extended family, son Perry Graham, daughter-in-law Louise Lefebvre, daughter Nancy, her husband Don Marks, and five grandchildren Morgan, Tom, Trish, Derek and Emma. We all wish him open roads and a clear sky as he heads for his latest destination. A special thank you is extended from the family to the caring and compassionate staff at Bethany Cochrane for their care of Gordon during his illness. Donations may be made to the Cochrane Warm Water Therapy Pool Society. A memorial service is planned in Brandon, Manitoba in June. Condolences may be forwarded through Cochrane Country Funeral Home at ph: 403-932-1039

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 17, 2018

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • What a pleasure it was to know and work with Gordon. He never let you sit on your loreals. He was always trying to get you to expand your vision to incorporate his thoughts. He was a pioneer in the rapeseed/canola industy and it was a pleasure to have been along with him. The world is a better place because of Gordon's efforts. Thank you Gordon. - Posted by: Charlie & Bonnie Froebe (canola brother) on: Mar 04, 2018

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