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Patricia Ann Graham

Patricia Ann Graham

Patricia Graham, née Kilsby, was a working class kid, born in Haney BC in 1954. She distinguished herself in high school, and developed radical political views and a taste for literature that led her to Simon Fraser University. According to her, she also ran a really fast 100 yard dash. She majored in English literature, receiving her BA in 1977. She considered pursuing a doctorate in either London or Moscow, but first stayed at SFU to complete her MA. She then married a fellow grad student, Brian Graham, and they would have two boys, Julien and Nicholas. While working, raising two boys, and living in Vancouver’s oldest Coop where she played a very active part, she managed to complete her MA in 1989 at SFU. She would subsequently take a position as program administrator for the Institute for the Humanities at SFU from 1991 to 2011. Additionally, she wrote some excellent short stories and taught a few courses in the Humanities department, while later assuming duties in Graduate Liberal Studies, also at SFU. She fulfilled a long ambition to travel, first to England and then several times to Cuba. Grounded, practical, passionate, a loyal friend and most of all a loving mother to two men and grandmother to two girls, it can actually be said that she was loved by all. When she retired with her partner Wayne Knights, they lived a bucolic existence on Pender Island until cancer destroyed her life. Venceremos, Trish!

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  • Janet Silman -

    My heart goes out to Wayne and all of Trish’s loved ones. She had such a radiant, courageous spirit and will be so missed.

    • KathyDickie -

      Beautifully written Wayne. Trish is all of that and more. I am so sorry for your and the boys loss. I will miss her greatly.

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