Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry “Paddy” Graham (1890-1969)
Born at Caledon, County Tyrone, Ireland on 9 August 1890, he came to Canada and settled with his family in Winnipeg in 1909. During the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served with the 8th Battalion Winnipeg Rifles, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, before returning to Canada in 1918. He joined the Great War Veterans Association (later becoming the Royal Canadian Legion) and was active in its activities, including leading the development of the Guay Park Memorial Cenotaph.
Active in the community, he was Chairman of the St. Vital School Board, a member of the St. Vital city council, Chairman of the St. Vital Police and Fire Committee, Chairman of the St. Vital Parks Board, a member of the St. Vital Agricultural Society, Treasurer of the St. Vital Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Centennial Committee.
On 4 March 1916, he married Nina Adele McLogan (1889-1986) at Winnipeg and they had two daughters and three sons. In recognition of his community service, he received a Canadian Centennial Medal (1967).
He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 29 December 1969 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1969.
Obituary [Nina Adele Graham], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1986, page 56.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 December 2021