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Memorial service will be held March 10th, 2006 at 2pm at the W.P. Dougherty Masonic Center. 3819 North 27th St. Reception to follow service at same location. Tacoma, WA 98407
Robert was preceded in death by his grandmother, grandfather, mother, father and 2 brothers. He is survived by a brother Walter, and a sister Betty Brush. He is also survived by his sister in laws Marianne, Sandra and Alice. Several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and one great-great niece.
We are working on setting up a memorial service, check back for details in a few days.
Robert was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 29, 1923 to Vera May Lufkin and Robert Earl Graham. His mother remarried to Walter Fletcher. He has lived in Minnesota, California and Washington. He did a lot of different types of jobs during his life, mainly at Sawmills in Tacoma. The last 35 to 40 years he lived and worked at the Temple Theater for the Masonic Grand Lodge, as the assistant to the Grand Secretary Emeritus, as well as helping the present owners of the Landmark Convention Center.
Robert belonged to the Master Masons at Defiance Lodge #22 and Fern Hill #80. He was a life member of Corinthian Chapter #172 order of the Easternstar. He was also a member of the Afifi Shrine, Royal Arch Masons, Elks and numerous other organizations.
Robert was a very generous person. He was always doing something for someone other than himself. He would take his nieces and nephews to the Seattle Center or to a movie and to dinner. One place all the kids would look forward to was going to the Afifi Shrine Circus each year. He was always giving them little things just because that was what he did. He never had a pocket that didn’t have candy or a squeaky noise maker in it. He even shared his candy with the children he met while riding on the city bus. He never wasted a day without taking a ride on the city bus, where would he go, only he knew that. Sometimes just around the city and sometimes to Seattle and even Olympia, when he just wanted to ride.
When his grandmother and grandfather were alive he would go on vacation with them and take them all over the West Coast because he loved them and wanted to do special things for them. He was a very warm and special person who only wanted to please everyone who walked beside him.
He will be missed by everyone. We all know he is back with his family and until we meet again there will be an empty place in all our lives.
WE LOVE YOU ROBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008