In Memory


John Graham

Deceased Classmate: John Graham
Date Of Birth:
Date Deceased: 06-14-2015
Age at Death:
Cause of Death: cancer related
Classmate City:
Classmate State: NC
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: Sharon (Ehlert) Graham Daughter-Jennifer Son-Brad grandchildren (5)

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, Jack's daughter Jennifer called Mahlon Jones and told him of her father's passing, and Mahlon called me. Mahlon said that Jack had cancer and that he was in the hospital when he died.

Information provide by Frances Polky McElvey on June 17, 2015

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06/18/15 11:09 PM #1    

Frances Polky (McElvey)

Here is the information about the service for Jack Graham provided by his children Jennifer and Brad.  

Hi Friends and Family:
Thank you all so much for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers during this difficult time. We truly feel blessed and appreciate all your thoughtful words and acts of kindness.
Here is the link to our father's obituary and memorial service information.

There will be a lunch at the Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels immediately following the graveside service to celebrate his life.

Please let us know if you plan on joining us for lunch so we can plan accordingly.
In addition, we spoke to the Tidewater Inn and the Hampton Inn, both located in Easton and they will offer a bereavement discount for those planning to stay overnight.
Tidewater Inn 410-822-1300
Hampton Inn  410 822-2200

Jen and Brad



06/20/15 04:23 PM #2    

William Bass

Remembering Jack Graham

I am very sorry to hear of Jack Graham’s passing. Coming so soon after Guy Piper’s only adds to the sad news. I remember well the apartment Jack and Guy shared with Mike Seganish and Danny LaBriola in College Park while they were all attending Maryland University. They would frequently  throw great parties at that eclecticly furnished abode. I once took a date to one of those parties. On the way home she told me that I should never take her to a place like that again if I wanted to continue seeing her. I only attended their parties stag from then on, but a few months later the girl decided that was not good enough and we “drifted apart,” as the saying goes. 

I first met Jack playing summer baseball during our junior high years. As I recall Jack played on a team from Birchwood City that also included his lifelong buddy Mahlon Jones. I observed Jack as a good ball player with a good left handed swing. However, I thought he was too short to play first base effectively. In the tenth grade I actually made the Oxon Hill JV Baseball Team and Jack did not. I know that is hard to believe but you can look it up.  I don’t remember playing an inning that season and it turns out that the only reason I made the team was that the Varsity Coach, my history teacher Mr. Nicodemus suggested to the JV Coach Mullins that I make the team. When I asked Mullins for some playing time, he told me, “Nicodemus told me to put you on the team, but he didn’t say I had to put you on the field.”  The next year due to a growth spurt (Jack’s) and a bad left handed swing (mine), my high school baseball career was over. 

I would run into Jack occasionally through the years at trade shows. We were both salesmen in the technology industry in in the DC area. We also played on competing teams in the Prince Georges County slow pitch men’s softball league. Jack was a big power hitting outfielder for contending teams, and I was a  first baseman for also ran teams that had too many Bass brothers and Trollinger brothers to win many games. Jeff and I once tried to recruit Jack to our team, you know, for old time’s sake. Jack came to one of our pre-season practices and we all had a great time. I was given the task of closing the deal, but when I called I could tell that it was no sale. “Come on Jack. You’d have a lot of fun playing on our team.” To which Jack answered, “I know it would be fun Bill, but you know what’s more fun? Winning.” Gee Jack, don’t go all Vince Lombardi on me.

Jack always had a dry cutting wit during our softball playing days. He once hit a screaming one hop line drive right at me that I knocked down in self-defense. The ball literally knocked me over, but I managed to find it on the ground in front of me and was able to scramble with it on my hands and knees, but Jack beat me to the bag for a single. After I dusted myself off, we both stood at first base and Jack smiled and said to me, “You know what Bill you’re really slowing down. You used to be able to get out of the way of those!”

Later in that same game, with the Bass/Trollingers losing by about 10 runs and trying desperately to avoid the dreaded “Slaughter Rule,” I was at bat and noticed that Jack who was in Center Field was playing me way too deep and too far over to the right. I was able to hit a bloop fly to left center that Jack made a long run for and valiant effort to catch, but it fell just out of his reach, took a weird bounce and rolled almost to the fence. I lumbered into third with the first and only triple of my men's soft ball career. After the game, Jack, who had hit a huge Home Run in his team’s lop sided win, congratulated me on my triple, but couldn’t resist a little jab, “You might want to take up golf Bill. You don’t seem to be able to get around on a slow pitch softball any more.” Thanks Jack, I’ll give that careful consideration.

Jack was a great guy, liked by all, admired by many, including me, not only for his growth spurt and sweet left handed baseball swing, but especially for his long marriage to his loving wife, my perpetually cute former neighbor Sharon Ehlert. I enjoyed knowing and kabitzing with Jack over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and  their family.

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