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Rupert Franklin Graham Sr.

May 11, 1922 December 12, 2018
Rupert Franklin Graham Sr.
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Rupert Franklin Graham, Sr. was born in Panama City, Panama on May 11, 1922 to the union of Ignatius Graham and Alice LaTouche. His parents were born in Granada, West Indies.
Rupert grew up in the Canal Zone, in a completely segregated area where he attended elementary school with all black students and teachers, who were primarily of West Indian stock. Despite the circumstances, this was a good system of learning. Black students were not allowed to attend high school in the Canal Zone, so he attended a Spanish speaking high school in Panama City. Although when entering the school, he knew no Spanish, he graduated #2 in his class. He continued on to the University of Panama to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering, graduating #1 in his class.
He came to Chicago in 1949 to continue his education, receiving a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1951 he began working for the City of Chicago and served as the Chief Engineer for the Structures Group for the last 20 years of his 33 years with the City.
Rupert was united in Holy Matrimony to Gwendolyn Lacefield on January 13, 1951. Their marriage was filled with love, laughter, and much happiness. Their union produced two children, Rupert F. Graham, Jr. and Diane R. Graham.
Rupert and Gwen had an unwavering faith in God. Their family joined Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in 1966. Over the years, Rupert served as a Deacon, Financial Secretary, Church School Teacher, member of the Child Care Center’s Board of Directors, and the Moderator of Church.
When he retired in 1984, he and Gwen moved to Union City, California. At this time, he was known not only as a great structural engineer, but also as a thespian (being a member of three community theater groups), and a financial genius.
In Northern California, Rupert and Gwen became active members at United Church of Hayward, and then St. Paul United Methodist Church.
During retirement, Rupert enjoyed walking several miles EVERY DAY, bowling, square dancing, traveling, performing outreach work with social agencies, as well as serving as the Moderator of his church. And he has always been known as a dancer with unbound energy.
After Gwen went to be with the Lord on December 4, 2008, Rupert moved back to Chicago in 2009 and moved into the Montgomery Place Retirement Community.
Rupert made his transition into eternal life on December 12, 2018. As he touched many with his kind and compassionate ways, he will be remembered by all. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gwendolyn; parents, Ignatius and Alice Graham; sisters Mariam Dixon (Andre) and Iris Shields (Vincent), and brothers Edgar and George.
Rupert leaves to mourn his son, Rupert Jr. (Karen); his daughter, Diane (Gil); his brother Eric (Eleanor); grandchildren Jeff (Kimberly) Graham, Banasa and Akili (Alma) Anderson, Imani Graham, great-grandchildren Azani and Amina Anderson Aquina; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.


SERVICES INFORMATION FOR RUPERT FRANKLIN GRAHAM SR.

VISITATION:
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Brookins Funeral Home

FAMILY HOUR:
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm

HOME GOING SERVICE:
Wednesday, December 19 , 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

LOCATION FOR SERVICES:
Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street
Chicago IL 60628

INTERMENT:
Chapel of the Chimes
32992 Mission Boulevard
Hayward CA 94544

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the “Minority Aging Research Study”, Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center (RADC), 1750 W. Harrison, Suite 1000, Chicago Il 60612, payable to the RADC.


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4:00 PM 12/18/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/18/2018 7:00:00 PM
Brookins Funeral Home

9315 S. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

SERVICES INFORMATION FOR RUPERT FRANKLIN GRAHAM SR. VISITATION: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm Brookins Funeral Home FAMILY HOUR: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm HOME GOING SERVICE: Wednesday, December 19 , 2018 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm LOCATION FOR SERVICES: Trinity United Church of Christ 400 W. 95th Street Chicago IL 60628 INTERMENT: Chapel of the Chimes 32992 Mission Boulevard Hayward CA 94544

Brookins Funeral Home
9315 S. Ashland Avenue Chicago 60620 IL
United States
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