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Gary E. McGraw

Sep 4, 1937 - Mar 3, 2017

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Auburn - On Friday, March 3, 2017, Gary E. McGraw died after a brief stay at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice following complications of pneumonia.
Born September 4th, 1937, in Island Falls, Maine, Gary experienced what life had to offer for 79 incredible years.
Surviving Gary are his son Bart I. McGraw, his wife Cheryl and grandchildren Aryn and Tristan McGraw; his daughter Kimberly McGraw Sabaka and her husband Alan; a brother Edward McGraw and wife Nancy; and an abundance of other wonderful family and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Irwin M. McGraw, and mother, Hannah L. McGraw (Gerrish); and wife "Peggy" Elizabeth J. McGraw (Furrow).
At age 18, Gary unfortunately lost his father to brain cancer, then after graduating from Island Falls High School, he served in the Army from 1957 to 1963. Upon discharge from the Army he created a career in finance for himself. One of his greatest achievements was successfully running his own business, GEM Duraclean from 1981 to 1994.
Personal pursuits and interests were many including Scouting, both as a Cub Master and Scout Master, gardening and watching the Boston Celtics. A fantastic brother and father, Gary found pleasure in spending special moments with his grandchildren, watching movies-in particular those with John Wayne, taking trips around the country with his wife, camping with friends and family, and connecting with his best friend Jim Carville, of Lisbon, for weekly discussions of life, community, or what had happened at the local flea market.
Friends and family may gather at 5 p.m., with a Memorial Service honoring Gary's life will be held on Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family is interested in continuing and expanding the scholarships created upon their mother Peggy's death and at this time donations can be sent to the McGraw family, c/o Bart McGraw, P.O. Box 187, Orland, Maine 04472, so that others may enjoy learning, teaching and Scouting as much as Gary and Peggy! (McGrumpy and Graw). Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.
Published on  March 31, 2017
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