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Obituary - William Graves

William Graves

1929 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Graves(2018)

Mr. William “Bill” Charles Graves, beloved husband of Doris R. Graves, passed away peacefully at Riverview Care Centre in Medicine Hat on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the age of 89 years. Bill was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan on July 29, 1929. He met Doris Martin and they were later married on July 29, 1952 in Empress, Alberta. They remained in Empress where their son, Kenny was born on January 3, 1954. The young family moved to Medicine Hat in December of 1955 and a couple years later, Janice was born October 4, 1957. Bill’s work experience includes working in a butcher shop in Shaunavon, on the CPR and with the Medicine Hat Police Service. He was involved with the Masonic Lodge on both local and provincial levels, CORE Association as well as the Camera Club and Gun Club. Bill enjoyed woodworking, photography, fishing, cooking and coffee times with friends. Bill will be forever remembered by his wife, Doris; daughter, Janice (David) Cottrell and grandchildren, Janelle and Thomas as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his son, Kenny on April 28, 2015; parents, Herbert and Louisa Graves; brother, Fred (Mary) Graves; sisters, Elsie (Floyd) Hyer, Margarette (Ben) Graham and Doris (Everett) Mitchell; parents-in-law, John and Dorothy Martin; brother-in-law, Hugh Martin and sister-in-law, Irene Martin. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the church beginning one hour prior to the Funeral Service which will be celebrated at Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church, 3785 - 13 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery with a time of fellowship and refreshments to follow thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB., Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made directly to CORE Association, 412 - 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0H1.


  1. Sev Barber:
    Aug 11, 2018 at 01:26 PM

    Doris & family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences regarding your loss of a husband and father. Our memory of Bill goes back to the early days of the Flying Tigers Motorcycle Club as Bill and I were active members. Along with that thought we also remember Bill as a professional Police Officer and were always impressed with his dedication in the Medicine Hat Police Service.
    His friendship over the years was always enjoyable as we had many laughs together. Our sincere hope is that you will be able to reflect on the good times you had together. May his memory tide you through this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Sev & Hazel Barber

  2. Helen Park:
    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Deat Doris and family,
    Allison and I were sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Many happy memories on Mckenzie Crescent.
    Love Helen

  3. Lindsay & Linda Fraser:
    Aug 15, 2018 at 08:33 PM

    Doris and Family:

    Linda and I are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I only learned of it today or I would have been at the funeral. I always respected Bill and really enjoyed my time working with him when we were both assigned to "Court Detail" in the mid 1980's. Bill was an excellent traffic officer and was a good supervisor in Court Detail. I enjoyed his company at the Police Balls that we managed to attend and especially at the Police Regimental Dinners that he attended during the 14 years that I organized them. He gave us the "Gavel" that is used at the dinners today. May he now rest in peace.

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