Name: Graham Franklin PHILLIPS 1
Birth: 11 JUL 1945 in Abingdon, England 2
Death: 13 JUL 2008 in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, USA 3 of Blunt Force Trauma
Burial: 15 JUL 2008 Creston, British Columbia, Canada 4
RETI: 2007 2538 Sinclair Rd. Lister, British Columbia 5
_DEG: 1965 Master Fibrous Plasterer, London, England 6
Occupation: BET 1994 AND 2004 Lumber Associate, Home Depot, Calgary, Alberta
Occupation: BET 1969 AND 1987 Corrections Officer, Calgary, Alberta
Medical Information: Motorcycle hit a deer, instantly killed at Milepost 4.5 on Hwy 1 six miles from the Porthill Border crossing on a short day trip, 2:20, Sunday, July 13, 2008.
After deciding that a butcher's delivery job was not to his liking Graham started two paper routes at age 11-15 He best remembers this time as one of trudging through the rain early in the morning on the paper route then later in the morning walking to school. His achedemic schooling ended at age 15 when his father enrolled him as an indentured apprentice at Thomas & Wilsons, 454 Fulham Road, Fulham London, England. He remembers occasionally being called upon to make a death mask of plaster.
Graham remembers starting two paper routes at age 13 after trying his hand at delivery boy for the butchers. He remembers truding through the early morning rain in London before walking to school for the day.
"Got any money, son. Got any change for gas?" his Dad would ask after the family car was purchased.
His dad must have gotten tired of his large son sleeping in the crowded kitchen, because he sent Graham out as an indentured apprentice to Thomas & Wilsons Plasterers as soon as Graham turned 15. After all Graham could reach the ceiling without using a ladder! The program cost Joe nothing, perhaps even paid him a bit of cash.
After six years of apprentice work Graham contracted to ABPC studies and the first movie he worked on was A Million Years BC with Rachel Welsh. Other backdrops he worked on included: Countess in Hong Kong, Marlin Brando; You Only Live Twice, Sean Conner; The Saint, Roger Moore; The Avengers, Patrick MacGee and Diana Rigg; The Dirty Dozen; The Posiadon Adventure and 2001, A Space Odessy. Graham and Eddy Yates were the only two plasterers brave enough to climb the high volcano's rim, hanging from a thin strap with no safety equipment, while onlookers felt awe, they made the scenery for You Only Live Twice come alive!
Bothered by his parent's heavy smoking, Graham never touched another cigarette after his first experience.
After apprenticing for six years he used those skills to work on backdrops of movie and television sets for ABPC studios including: Countess in Hong Kong, Marlin Brando; You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery, The Saint, Roger Moore; The Avengers, Patrick MacGee and Diana Rigg; The Dirty Dozen; Prosiaden Adventure and 20001 A Space Odessy. Graham and Eddy Yates were the only two plasterers brave enough to climb the high volcano's rim, hanging from a thin strap with no safety equipment, while onlookers felt awe, they made the scenery for You Only Live Twice come alive! The first movie he ever worked on was A Million Years B.C. with Rachel Welsh.
Graham applied for immigration as a fibrous plasterer, was told to settle in Calgary, AB Canada. Graham came out first and met up with longtime friend Dave Lovall also emigrating from England. Settled in at 4811 Benson Rd NW, Calgary was there for about 18 months, rented. Landlord Bill McKerron, a scot, lived with them. Stephen was born whilst living at this address. The next address was 1503 21A St NW, then we bought our own home with a loan from mum and Dad Bull at 7727 34th Ave NW, where Paul is currently residing (1990 - ). Graham used his trade skills to help build the house.
Graham has one sister Barbara Gracie Phillips.
Graham met Fern in December 1989. Their first meeting was at Earls Restaurant on 16th. Avenue in Calgary.
Fern's brother Don Dawson got Graham interested in Family Tree Research. Soon Graham was engrossed in the hobby and unearthed much family information that might have been forever lost about his father and mother's family trees.
Graham was an active person, horseback riding, working in bush camp, drywalling, playing racquet ball, scuba diving, motorcycling. He also enjoyed cooking, darts and data entry with computers. He travelled a great deal, going to many great diving places in Mexico and the Carribian Islands, cruises to Alaska, and Panama, trips to Costa Rica with Fern. Graham flew to northern Thailand four times with his buddy Eddy (Edwin John Isaac) until Eddy's death shortly after the last trip, about 1998-2002.
Fern and Graham moved to 448 Hawkland Place, Calgary in December 1990. It was minus 40 below and the stove was not hooked up on Christmas day, luckily a hotel that Graham had helped drywall, The Sheriden, was serving. Their marriage ceremony was held in the house that Graham helped drywall.
Graham was lucky enough to be employed at the startup of Aikenheads, which became Home Depot in Northeast Calgary. During a trip to Moab, Navada, Graham resigned from Home Depot in 2004 for other employment which didn't work out. He continued to organize and drywall small jobs such as basement renovations until the move to British Columbia.
Graham and Fern went to Nassu in 1994 (He was diving), Graham went diving with Paul in Cuba in 1996, Fern and Graham went to Belize and England in 1999, Costa Rica in 2003, Driving in Navada, Arazona, Utah in Sept. 2004, Oregon Trail in Sept 2005 and the cruise to Panama in January 2007.
Soon Graham became involved in family tree research, assisted by a trip to England in 1999, and his research ensured that much information about his mother and father linage was documented and preserved that was previously unknown and at risk of being lost.
Graham and Fern retired to 2358 Sinclair Road, Lister, BC in April 2007, and Graham loved to ride the mower under the fruit trees and over the property in the summer. Graham brought along his 2005 Yamaha Roadstar and was delighted with the increased opportunity, the longer summer and many winding highways, to ride it in Creston Valley, the Selkirk Loop, and down to Idaho. Graham had a hip replacement in February 2008 in Calgary in the Grace Hospital. Recovery was long and painful for the next three or four months.
Graham was Challenged with Alcohol Addition all his life, as were many of both the Phillips and Drew family men in his tree.
Father: Joseph Frederick PHILLIPS b: 22 JUL 1907 in Bethnal Green, London, England
Mother: Elizabeth (Betty) Ilean DREW b: 8 MAY 1920 in 23 Spring Road, Abingdon Birkshire England
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- Title: Source: Marriage Certificate for Graham & Fern
- Title: Birth Certificate
- Title: Death Certificate
- Title: Cremation Certificate, GE Oliver Funeral Home, Creston, BC
Note: Cremation Certificate, GE Oliver Funeral Home, Creston, BC.; Celebration of Life Service at 2538 Sinclair Rd. Lister on July 29th by Rev. Gwen Brown
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- Title: Certificate