Graham Hess, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sat., April 26, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 92.
He was born and raised on the family farm in Williamsburg Township on Nov. 21, 1921 to his parents, Saxon and Della Hess (nee Wells). On Oct. 4, 1941, he married the love of his life, Emma Merkley, at her grandparents home in Dunbar. Together, they had two children, Richard and Judy.
He worked several jobs in Cornwall, including butchering in his brother Colbourne’s store and for Bell Telephone when the Seaway was being built. At that time, they lived and helped on his Uncle Ross’ farm in Aultsville. In the mid 50’s, he purchased the Shannette farm on Saving Street where he farmed and lived until March 3 of this year, when he moved to the Hartford Retirement Residence in Morrisburg. In the early 70’s, he purchased the Don Hess farm to expand his farming when his son joined him in partnership.
Graham was active on municipal council and served on church council of the Lutheran Church, which he was a lifelong member. Graham was a dedicated member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for more than 50 years.
He never really retired, but semi-retired to enjoy many years of camping and fishing, and making strong, lasting friendships with other campers.
Graham’s last five weeks at home were spent at the Hartford which he loved due to the great food, many people to visit with, and finally, activities on April 10 he had three dances at an activity, saying he thought he would never have danced again if not for being there.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy Raistrick of Greely, his daughter-in-law, Jane Hess of Williamsburg, his grandchildren, Denny Raistrick, Jill Robinson, Rob Raistrick, Ricky Hess, and his great-grandchildren, Mercedes, Doug, Bobby, Emma, Callum, Taylor, and Emma Jane. He was predeceased by his wife, Emma, his son, Richard, his sister, Olive Hatfield, and his brothers, Colbourne and Gerry Hess. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be at a later date.
Donations to the Williamsburg Odd Fellows Lodge would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
The arrangements are entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg.
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