Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

Local News

Obituary: Alexander Graham

   Alexander Graham, age 77, born May 29, 1922 in Glasgow, Scotland, passed away August 8, 1999 from respiratory complocations caused by his long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and congestive hear failure at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington.

   Mr. Graham is survived by his wife, Jessie, of 49 years and 9 months, daughter and son-in-law Peggy and Jim Rice and grandchildren, Graham Rice, and Cristina Rice, in addition to two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. He is proceded in death by his parents and only brother, John, in Montreal, Canada.

   Mr. Graham immigrated to Montreal at a young age with his parents. At 17, he volunteered and served in the Canadian Army for 5-1/2 years during World War II. He then began his career in the elevator industry in Montreal and was very proud of his membership in the International Union of Elevator Constructors for over 50 years.

   After he and his wife were married in 1949, they moved to Seattle with their 1-year-old daughter in 1952 and became U.S. citizens, of which he was also very proud.

   Mr. Graham continued in the elevator industry, was elected Business Manager of Local 19, Seattle, and served in that capacity for 10 years. He then was appointed Regional Director by the general President of the International Union, a position he held for 16 years until his retirement.

   Alex was held in very high regard by the International Officers and others associated in the Labor movement and still maintained close contact with many friends in the organization throughout our country.