Graham, Wayne Stewart

Graham, Wayne Stewart – Age 53, Burnside, Upper Stewiacke, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro on December 16, 1961, he was a son of Pauline Ellen (MacKay) and the late John Parker “Jack” Graham. Raised in Burnside, Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, his extensive music collection, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a friend to many people and could always be counted on to lend a hand with anything that was needed. He was often called upon by friends and neighbours to help with electrical, plumbing, auto or appliance repair, and more often than not, would not accept any money for his time. He was a long-time member of Burnside Community Club, and caretaker of Proven and Pembroke cemeteries.

Besides his mother, Wayne is survived by his common-law spouse of 18 years, Cindy Higgins; mother-in-law, Esther Higgins, Upper Musquodoboit; stepchildren whom he considered his own, John (Bobbi) Hamilton, Brookfield; David (Sandra Landry), Burnside; brothers, Richard (Lesley) Graham, Bedford; Michael (Kathy Ruggles), Grande Prairie, Alta.; sister, Paulette Read, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Annabelle, Jaylyn, Kacey, Kolton, Lukas, Taylor and Jada; several nieces and nephews in Nova Scotia and Alberta. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Russell Higgins; son, Cpl. Thomas Hamilton, killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Family will meet friends for a time of remembrance in Burnside Community Hall on Saturday, April 25, starting at 7 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Proven Cemetery, Burnside. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Burnside Community Hall Association or Proven Cemetery.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the care during Wayne’s brief stay in Palliative Care, and to all friends and family who supported Wayne during the past 11 years, including donations to the benefit functions held by the community on his behalf. A special thanks to Steve for everything you did; you gave him purpose with your kindness during the past few years.