Genvie Charles Grafham, August 1, 1949 – October 16, 2020

With family by his side, Genvie passed away peacefully on October 16, 2020.

Genvie was born in Kenora, Ontario and lived his entire life in his hometown of Keewatin, never straying too far.  Genvie was a son of the late Charles and Isabel Grafham.

Genvie is survived by his wife Michele, daughter Shannon, son Daniel (Amanda), and grandson Camden Robinson.  He is also survived by his sister and brothers Alice & Dennis O’Sullivan, Terry & Val Grafham, Dennis & Pat Grafham, and David Grafham; his brother and sisters in law Diane & Bill Pochailo, Lorna & Cecil Haney, Phil & Ellen Lalonde and Sharon Lalonde.  He is survived by aunts and many nieces and nephews who all held a special place in his heart and a seat in his boat.  He will be missed by many with whom he made long lasting friendships along the way.

Genvie had many happy memories of his early years in Keewatin, spending his time with the Keewatin gang trying not to get into too much trouble.  He attended St. Louis Catholic grade school and  graduated from Beaver Brae High School.

In 1974, Genvie married Michele, the love of his life.   Together they spent 46 years building a home, nurturing their family and friendships, and creating many cherished memories.

Called “Cheetah” by those from his baseball days, he was known for his snoot boots and prowess on the baseball field.

After working at North American Lumber, he worked alongside family and friends for the Town of Keewatin for 25 years.  He was the Public Works Foreman for 11 years and took a lot of pride in maintaining the town.  He retired early at age 50 when Keewatin and Kenora amalgamated but he never stopped doing a drive through each day to check on what the City was “not” doing like he would have done.

Genvie was an avid fisherman. He developed a passion for bass fishing and participated in many bass tournaments over the years searching for the big one.   Retired for the past 21 years, he enjoyed many hours doing his most favourite things – fishing, hunting, going for coffee with his bro’s, Sunday dinners (often an outdoor fish fry); enjoying family and especially being able to spend time with, watch his events and fist bump his buddy Camden.  

The family thanks Dr. Weibe and the nurses in chemo department for their ongoing considerate care, and all the medical staff at Lake of the Woods District Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Genvie and his family in his final days.

Gone but never forgotten, Always in our hearts.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be held with immediate family only.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to Lake of the Woods District Hospital or Tamarack  House at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  

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