Sam Graham of Niagara Falls, who worked at Carborundum Co. and General Abrasive Co. before his retirement, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at the Schoellkopf Health Center, where he lived. He was 78.
Born in Marion, Ark., he moved to Niagara Falls in 1954 and worked for Carborundum until 1958 before taking a construction job on the Niagara Power Project, where he worked until 1960. Graham then worked as a machine operator at General Abrasive until his retirement in 1981.
A part-time bartender at the Moosehead during the 1970s, he also worked as a driver and handyman for the Williamson Funeral Home from 1981-91. Graham was also known for selling hot dogs and soda at league softball games throughout the area.
Graham was a member of the International Protective Order of the Elk and Electric City Lodge No. 49 Free and Accepted Masons. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and making barbecue pits for his friends.
He is survived by two sons, Willie J. of Syracuse and Sam Jr.; three daughters, Alice Sanders of Detroit, Josephine Stephenson of Lorton, Okla., and Noreen Chatmon; two brothers, Scott of Marktree, Ark., and T of Michigan City, Ind.; a sister, Alberta Howell of Michigan City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the New Hope Baptist Church, 1122 Buffalo Ave. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery.