Sports fanatic, globetrotter, euchre aficionado and retired high school history teacher, Michael Patrick Graham lived life to the fullest until the very end. On July 11, 2021 he left us with a cup of coffee and a morning read close at hand, while on the shores of Norris Lake surrounded by family.
Mike’s adventurous spirit knew no bounds, from his childhood days racing through his Dayton neighborhood alongside his brothers and sisters – Tim, Dan, Pat, Maureen and Mary Lynn – to Varsity soccer at The Ohio State University, from serving in the Peace Corps to working and coaching abroad. “Munch” was salt of the earth, and he treated every person he encountered with empathy and kindness.
He impacted countless lives during his earthly stay, but none more so than those of his children — Maggie May and Ian Michael — and his forever partner Rita Ann. Mike will walk alongside them always. Same goes for Mike’s family and close friends, who will fondly remember his stories and how his laughter filled a room.
All 66 of his years were filled with color, so, for those joining the family on Wednesday, July 21, please honor Mike’s life by wearing your favorite color to help us celebrate. A Mass will be held at St. Timothy Catholic Church at 2 p.m. ET, with libations and storytelling to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Columbus Park of Roses Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org).