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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: Alan D. Graham, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., husband of Carol (Moore) Graham, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on January 18, 2016. He was the son of James F. and Mary (Duggan) Graham. Alan grew up in Melrose, Mass., and spent his summers in Gloucester. He graduated from Melrose High School, Kimball Union Academy and earned his BA at Dartmouth in 1955. At Dartmouth, he rowed in the Number two position of the crew. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and became a Jet Fighter Pilot, earning the rank of Captain. He had lengthy career in advertising. He enjoyed many hobbies, including sailing, golf, tennis, gardening and oil painting. His family came first. Alan thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his wife and children, grandchildren and his extended family and friends. Alan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol; his daughters Elizabeth Graham and Christine Graham; and his grandchildren, Zeke, Riley, Kayleigh, Jessica and Oliver. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Graham and family, and many nieces and nephews. Alan was predeceased by his infant son, Alan D. Graham, Jr.; and his brothers, Edward Graham and Richard Graham.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Saturday, January 23, at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Manchester-by-the-Sea at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Visiting hours will be on Friday evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research care of Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215, 617-355-6890. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 20, 2016
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