Robert Graham

March 3, 1938 - May 22, 2021
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Robert Graham passed away on Saturday May 22, 2021. He was raised in Ligonier, PA and was the son of the late Robert Graham and Alma Leighty. Robert was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He supported his five children in any activity that they were involved in, and he was determined that they all earn coll…

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Robert Graham passed away on Saturday May 22, 2021. He was raised in Ligonier, PA and was the son of the late Robert Graham and Alma Leighty. Robert was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He supported his five children in any activity that they were involved in, and he was determined that they all earn college degrees. He loved the outdoors so family vacations consisted of camping at Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Pymatuning in Pennsylvania, and spending time at his camp in Emporium, PA.

Robert was intelligent and had an exceptional memory. He graduated from Tri-State University with a degree in engineering and worked as a professional civil engineer at ODOT District 11 and Ben Cookson Inc.

Robert was married to the late Elizabeth (Fabiano) Graham for more than 46 years. They enjoyed raising their children together, and that was the focus of their lives. They spent hours sitting on the porch together, having fires in the back yard, and traveling to Alaska where they lived for a couple years.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fly fishing at his camp in PA and in the streams around Ligonier, PA.

He was a loyal New Phila Quaker fan for more than 60 years. He supported all Quaker athletics and could be seen at events in his camouflage hat cheering on the Quakers. He had an exceptional memory of Quaker sporting events and could recall them in great detail.

The highlight of Robert’s life was spending time with his granddaughters, Peyton and Paige Goodie, and Preston (Goodie) Cornell. He loved attending their dance recitals, piano recitals,
sporting events, and school activities. He most enjoyed camping with them at Atwood Lake and Pleasant Hill Lake. One of his most special times was having them stay at his camp in Pennsylvania. He was so proud of all their accomplishments and the exceptional young women they have become. He was faithful in attending the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia and his dedication to his faith will open the gates to Heaven.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Sharie Graham and Sandra Kay Graham, son, Thomas Graham, three granddaughters Peyton, Paige, and Preston (Husband Michael), two great granddaughters Emerson Mae and Millie Ann Cornell. He is also survived by siblings, James Graham and Anna Graham. He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Bob Graham and Susan (Graham) Goodie, and a brother, Thomas Graham.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes there will be a private family service. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Quaker Foundation c/o The Susan Goodie Academic Achievement Scholarship, PO Box 627, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or the New Philadelphia Quaker Club, PO Box 202, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will be a private family service.

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Quaker Foundation

c/o The Susan Goodie Academic Achievement Scholarship

PO Box 627
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

New Philadelphia Quaker Club

PO Box 202
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Born: March 3, 1938
Died: May 22, 2021

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Cinda Orr posted on 6/2/21

My sympathy to his Family. I have many memories staying at the cabin in Emporium PA and we also fished a lot in Pymatuning PA. Bob was a good friend/Co-Worker of my Dad's, Curt Swegheimer. My God wrap you in the days ahead. Cinda


Sally and Bob Stephenson posted on 5/30/21

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Graham family - I grew up just down the street from the Graham family and will always remember how kind Betty and Bob were - his smile will be with me forever - you are all in our thoughts and prayers


Rosemary Able posted on 5/26/21

In helping with Roberts care over the past few years,for me he left an impression of love, kindness.and appreciation for anything I did for him rather big or small.I listened to many of his life adventures and he sure had a lot of them to share. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of his daily life and tried to make each day better for him. Which he was so deserving of. To the Graham family thank you for sharing Roberts life with me! Sandra Kay you a one in a million. Your daily visits were the highlight of his day.Your devotion was unbelievable.Words know matter how kind cannot mend your heartache. However those of us who care , wish you comfort and peace of mind. CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A GREAT PERSON<AND MOURNE HIS PASSINGING IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!!!! GOd bless all of you !


Dick and Pat Bible posted on 5/26/21

We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Our sincere condolences to the family. Missed seeing Bob this past year due to COVID. I considered Bob a good friend and mentor throughout my engineering career. Ask his opinion about issues many times and valued his advise. he was well respected among his peers and coworkers. Keeping you in our thought and prayers.


Chris and Clare posted on 5/25/21

Bob was our neighbor for 24 years. He was always so kind to our family, even when our family games with the grand kids spilled over into his yard. It was easy to see how proud and how much he loved all of Betty's and his own kids and grand kids. Our sympathy to the all of the Graham family and wish you many sweet memories. We will miss him. God bless. Chris and Clare


Lyle A Tope II posted on 5/25/21

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. I got to know Bob many years ago through M.W.C.D. Our paths would later cross at ODOT. Many times between we would see each other & conversations would always turn to fishing and Alaska. Bob was a man with a special sense of humor & of high character & integrity. I was humbled to have known him. May you all be consoled in your grief by our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Lisa Cantlebary posted on 5/24/21

My thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family as they struggle to deal with this loss. I remember Mr. Graham's kindness and sense of humor. He spoke highly of his family. Sandra - you have done such an amazing job caring for your father during this time. It was evident how much he loved you and the care that you gave him. Truly special!


Ruth Joyce Zimmerly posted on 5/24/21

Bob and Betty Graham and their children were an integral part of my life for many years. Our families spent many happy hours that are filled with precious memories. Bob was especially kind in making his boat available to my one fisherman son . We were sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers and are sent to Sharie Kim, Sandra Kay and Tom.


Erin Walton posted on 5/24/21

I only had the pleasure of know Robert these past couple of weeks as I was helping take care of him. In that very short time I learned alot about him and the things he liked to do. He was a wonderful person who is gonna be missed very deeply. My heart goes out to you all.