Edward James Graham

  • Born: August 26, 1935
  • Died: January 18, 2020
  • Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Homes

43 E. Baltimore Ave
Media, PA 19063

Tel. (610) 566-3400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edward James Graham, beloved husband of Nancy Jean (Reese) Graham and Father of Edward (Ted), Richard (Dick), and Suzanne ( Suzy Graham) Paire passed peacefully into the Lord's embrace on the 18th day of January, 2020, at the age of 84. Ed was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania in 1935 to Richard and Margaret Graham and was preceded in death by his parents and two younger siblings, Richard Graham and Marion (Graham) Gertz.
Ed, an undergraduate of Millersville University (1958) and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, married Nancy Jean Reese in 1962 in Media while working as an Industrial Arts teacher and coach in the Marple Newtown School District. He retired in 1992. In the community, he was a Nether Providence (NPAA) little league baseball coach, he served on the Creekside Swim Club board, he was a PIAA wrestling referee for 30 years and ran the Wallingford-Swarthmore Booster Booth for seven (its President for two). He and Rudy Pitelli, a colleague and great friend from Marple Newtown School District, had a side-business constructing fireplaces, additions, and decks throughout Delaware County.
Ed's family was named "Family of the Year" in 1986.
Ed, before being a wrestling coach at both Marple Newtown and Nether Providence Middle School, was quite accomplished and recognized in the sport. He earned MVP awards at both Millersville University and Upper Darby High School where he was "unscored upon" in the regular season before placing 3rd in the Pennsylvania State Tournament (while wrestling with a separated collar-bone). He earned highest honors at Millersville University garnering the Rupp Award and a place in Millersville's Hall of Fame.
As a member of Wallingford Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon, an elder and on its session. After retirement, Ed enjoyed boating, golfing and improving his children's homes. He spent time, of course, doting on his grandchildren and serving as a Senior Craftsman at Media Presbyterian Church.
Ed is survived by his wife, his three children, and seven grandchildren (Tim, Reese, Ted, Weston, Hope, Anna and Grace). A celebration of Ed's life will be held on February 8th at the Media Presbyterian Church in Media, Pennsylvania: Calling at 10 am; service with lunch to follow at 11 am.


Condolence & Memory Journal

When we look back and consider who God placed in our lives at precisely the right moment to inspire and encourage us...Ed, Nancy, and their wonderful family are top of mind. They demonstrated an unwavering commitment to family and community, grounded and rooted in a deep faith of their God and Savior. While we mourn his passing and celebrate his life, we rejoice that he has come into the presence of Jesus, and at this very moment is more alive than ever! Grace and Peace to Family and Friends.

Posted by Greg and Nancy Fort - Woodstock, GA - Friend   February 02, 2020

Eddy was highly respected by administrators, his students, faculty members, the athletes he coached
and the Marple community in which he served. I still remember vividly being his chosen photographer
at his wedding and our photography club at Marple did all the developing and album work. You fought a
gallant battle, you grappler. Now, rest in peace. Sam Alfonsi Sr.

Posted by Sam alfonsi - Cape May & Naples Fl., NJ - Coworker   January 29, 2020

Dear Nancy, I remember Eds quick jokes and favorite songs. He was fun to be with.

Posted by Rosemary Lavin - Glen Mills, PA - friend   January 29, 2020

Rest in Peace, Uncle Ed. I am so thankful I got to see your warm smile and joke around with you when I came to visit in December.

Posted by Britt Graham Benn - Lake Oswego, OR - Family   January 27, 2020

A man among men. A great and true man. An inspiration.

Posted by Stephen George - Wichita Falls, TX - Acquaintance   January 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and will be there to celebrate his life in February

Posted by Beverly Moores - Chalfont, PA - Friend   January 22, 2020


Sorry for your lost

Posted by Thomas Harper - Wilm, DE   January 22, 2020

My dear friends, Todd and I, as well as our children will be praying for your family as you travel this difficult road. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are beside you on this journey. We love and miss you and will be there is spirit as you celebrate Ed's wonderful life.
Peace ,
Linda Todd Nadia and Vinodhini Leach

Posted by Linda Leach - Pittsburgh, PA   January 22, 2020

Ed, I know The Lord is blowing your mind right now!! You raised an Awesome family. We are going to get together and eat tons of Bacon in your memory!! --The Cordner Family, Wes, Sharolyn, Sarah, Lydia, Ben and Kaitlyn

Posted by Wes Cordner - Perkasie, PA - Family Friend   January 22, 2020

What a wonderful legacy and family you have! May God's grace be with you, and I have faith that you are with Christ in heaven now. Please look down on us and grant us peace.

Posted by Bill and Liz Gorman - Media, PA - Friend   January 22, 2020

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Rest in Peace, Uncle Ed. I am so thankful I got to see your warm smile and joke around with you when I came to visit in December.