Reverend Bernard A. Graham,
Reverend Bernard A. Graham, 77, of Montrose (Birchardville), PA passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Community Medical Center, with family and friends by his side.
Bernard was the son of the late Otis M. and Florence (Tinklepaugh) Graham. He was predeceased by his sister, Louise in 1943; a brother, Millard in 1968, and a grandson, Brian Graham in 2003.
Survivors include his loving wife of over 57 years, Glendora L. (Bunnell) Graham; a son, David, his significant other, Bonnie LaCount, all of Birchardville; two daughters, Doreen Bowles, her significant other, Mike VanDermark of Newfield, NY, Wendy and husband, Rob Cranmer of Little Meadows. He cherishe his eight grandchildren, Brendan and wife, Mary Graham, Molly (Graham) and husband, Nick Graham, Nathan and wife, Jamie Bowles, Natalie (Bowles) and husband, Eddie Vorhis, Jamie Sechrist, Alexander, Whitney and Gabrielle Cranmer. He greatly loved his nine great-grandchildren, David and Isaiah Graham, Brandon and Brian Graham, Clara Graham, Rowan Bowles, McKenzie Brown, Lily and Isabella Vorhis; one sister and husband, Arlene and Selden Birchard of Birchardville; one brother and wife, Reginald and Ednita Graham of Christmas, FL, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bernard loved life and knew how to look for the bright side and humor in everyday events. Next to his faith in God, his family was the most important part of his life. As an avid hunter and gardener, he enjoyed the outdoors and loved all things about God’s creation. He loved photography and assembled several albums during his hunting trips and family excursions. He was a past member of the American Hunting Club and the National Rifle Association.
He was an ordained minister. He pastored at the Elk Lake Community Church for 18 years and the East Bridgewater Church for 11 years. After retiring as a pastor, he continued to supply churches in need of a speaker in the areas of Northeast PA and Southern Tier NY. He was most recently a member and deacon at Calvary's Love, Johnson City, NY.
Rev. Graham retired from IBM after 35 years and was a member of the quarter century club. His employment with IBM covered three fields: data processing, industrial engineering and management/employment train-ing. After his retirement from IBM, he founded a professional consulting business, Keystone Training, and operated a construction business, Keystone Construction. He was an adjunct faculty member for 18 years in professional training programs, on and off campus, at the State University in Binghamton, NY and also provided consulting for the University in Southern Tier Industries. He was a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), past VP planning and president of the Southern Tier Chapter of ASTD. He participated in three international conferences of ASTD. He teamed with colleagues in sponsoring a weekend of professional training in the Poconos for professionals from the Northeast.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, 382 Church Street, Montrose.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at Birchardville Cemetery, SR 267, Birchardville, at 10 am, July 21, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Terry officiating at Calvary’s Love Assembly of God, Johnson City, NY.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bernard may be donated to the Elk Lake Community Church, Dimock, PA 18816, the East Bridgewater Community Church, Montrose, PA 18801, or Calvary’s Love Assembly of God, 1315 Reynolds Road, Johnson City, NY.