BANGOR and HAMPDEN – Robert L. Graffam, 87, husband of Mary (Mitchell) Graffam died March 5, 2014. He was born April 15, 1926, in Bangor, the son of Lewis and Christine (Campbell) Graffam.
Bob graduated from Bangor High School in 1944, a class that still remains close. Bob received the Garland Strang Memorial watch for outstanding athletic achievement. He served in the Navy Theatre in World War II stationed in the Pacific with the 38th Battalion of the Seabees. He married Mary E. Mitchell on March 26, 1949. Bob then attended Husson College and worked for many years at Eastern Fine Paper and in the hardware and plumbing business, retiring from F.W. Webb in 1986. Bob enjoyed family gatherings and attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.
In addition to his wife, Mary, of 64 years, he is survived by his three children, Deborah Mallar and her husband James, of Holden, Robert Graffam and his wife, Phyllis (Bates), of Vero Beach, Fla., and Mary Bureau of Bangor; eight grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Andrea, Brian and his wife, Robin, Robert and Christine Graffam, all of Florida, James Mallar and his wife, Matie, of Arlington, Va., Lindsay (Mallar) Lesch and her husband, Douglas, of Frisco, Colo., Nicole (Bureau) Carruthers and her husband, Joshua, of Malden, Mass., and Jessica Bureau of Bangor; five great-grandchildren, Christian, Brianna, Madison, Skylar, and Maddox Graffam, all of Florida; and his cousins, the Getchell family. He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Norma Graffam; and his son-in-law, Brian Bureau, all of Bangor.
The family thanks the Staff and Clifford the cat at The Maine Veteran’s Home for their loving, compassionate care for Bob and for Mary when she visited.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where a memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, with Pastor Ken Graves of Calvary Chapel officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Chapel, 154 River Road, Orrington, ME 04474; or The Maine Veteran’s Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.