Lorna Graham, 1934 – 2020

Sturgeon Point has lost another cherished member of its community, and the church a dear congregant. We send our sympathies to Lorna’s husband of 68 years, Ted, and to her family, friends, and neighbours.

LORNA MARGARET GRAHAM July 20, 1934 – November 11, 2020


With profound sadness, but also with tremendous gratitude for her life, the family of Lorna Margaret Graham (née Christian) announces her passing after a lengthy and valiant struggle with breast cancer. Born July 20, 1934, in Lindsay, Ontario to Dorothy and Elmer Christian, Lorna created one of the great love stories of our time for her spouse of 68 years, James E. “Ted” Graham, currently of Orono and Sturgeon Point, Ontario. High school sweethearts, they met and married in Lindsay, relocated to Toronto and became parents to Deborah Woods (Bruce), Catherine Graham, Jeffrey Graham (Karen Langhammer), Stephanie Pipe (Steven), and Meredith Graham Anderson (Jeremy); grandparents to Benjamin Madden (Jennifer), Shannon Sibbald (Robert), Timothy and Charlotte Graham, Joshua Pipe (Rebecca), Jesse Pipe (Chelsea) and James Pipe, Connor and Skye Graham Anderson and Marisa Pavao-Brady; and great-grandparents to Aidan, Madeline, Lachlan and Elowyn Sibbald, Emmett and Nathaniel Madden, and Ezekiel, Malachi and Elijah Pipe. Lorna was the well-loved sister of John Christian and sister-in-law of Jean Richardson. Lorna shared her never failing love with nieces and nephews Roy (Liz) Crum, Richard Crum (Jan Telfer), Susan Crum (Elaine Burr), Warren and Kim Christian, and great-nieces and -nephews. Lorna was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother, and a “homemaker” in the very best sense of the word. She created a strong sense of home and family, as Ted’s very busy and successful career at Procter and Gamble, Shopsy’s and Versa Services took them from Toronto to Scarborough to Kitchener, to Mississauga and finally to Orono and Sturgeon Point, Ontario. With her unerring sense of style and interior design, she created comfortable and beautiful homes for Ted and the family with each move. Lorna was the consummate hostess, creating lovely meals and holiday celebrations that her family and friends will always remember. She loved to paint, sew, arrange flowers and “craft,” and was a voracious reader. She was the calm and loving centre of our family, on whom we all relied. She will be so greatly missed. Lorna was a great friend to many, including a group of people who attended Lindsay Collegiate Institute with her. That group maintained close, affectionate connections for over fifty years. Later she shared that same love and sense of connection with neighbours in the Toronto area and Sturgeon Point. The family will cherish the memory of all that Lorna has done to care for and support her husband and family, the beauty she brought into the world in so many ways, and her demonstration of God’s love through service in various churches and communities. The family is deeply grateful to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre and Dr. Zalewski and his professional team for the exemplary care Lorna received. Should you wish to make a memorial donation in Lorna’s name, please consider Lakeridge Health Foundation or the Durham Regional Cancer Centre. Arrangements have been entrusted to Newcastle Funeral Home. A memorial service may be held, depending on developments regarding COVID-19. Lorna, based on her strong Christian beliefs, loved these words – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” – Psalm 121:1-2

Thanksgiving 2020 Food Drive

Our second annual Thanksgiving food drive in support of the Salvation Army Food Bank is this Sunday, October 11th from 10AM till noon.
As all 2020 Civic Holiday activities were cancelled this summer, including both the church and SPA’s annual food drive, we thought this weekend of emptying cottage larders would be a great opportunity to give back. Bring your cans of soup, dried beans, jars of peanut butter, bags of pasta, and all those other non-perishables to the church. We will collect and deliver.

Cheques made out to the Salvation Army Food Bank also gratefully received.

Many thanks to Larry Thomas for offering to collect and deliver, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Denise Graham, 1955-2020

Sturgeon Point, and the Union Church, has lost a dear member of its community. Our sincere sympathies to Denise’s family and friends.

Denise Lynn Graham
June 27, 1955 – July 9, 2020
Denise Graham passed away on July 9 after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by Allan Hux, her loving husband of 36.5 years, son Ryan Hux, brother Tom Graham, sister Kimberly Fanning (Richard), niece Ashley McGowan (Mark Stafford) , and many Graham and Craig cousins. Denise is the eldest child of the late Ross Graham and Barb Graham (nee Craig) and will be deeply missed by her loving siblings, Kim and Tom.
Denise was born in 1955 in Toronto and grew up in Don Mills where she attended Broadlands P.S., Milneford Jr. High, and Victoria Park S.S. She was raised in Donminster United Church where she actively participated in Sunday School and youth programs. The girls on Muircrest Dr., Kim, Lesley, Debbie, Sandy, Vicki, Susan and Kimberly, played together and became life-long friends.
Denise entered the very first year of the Applied Geography program at Ryerson University in 1974 and graduated in 1978. She landed summer jobs with the City of Toronto Planning Department in 1977 and 1978 and was hired as a City Planner in 1978. She had a wonderful career in the Planning Department starting in the Zoning and Official Plan section and then transferring to the Community Planning section. She loved her years in the site offices in the Beaches, Swansea, the Junction, Bloor West, Riverdale, and North Toronto. She enjoyed working with residents’ associations, business improvement associations, and city councillors like Derwyn Shea, Anne Johnston, Kay Gardner, Jack Layton and Paula Fletcher. Denise appeared as a city witness at some Ontario Municipal Board Hearings such as the one on the Riverdale Hospital which were high points in her career. After retiring in December 2011, she was selected to sit on the Committee of Adjustment for North York from 2015 – 2019 and was re-appointed for a second term in the fall of 2019. Denise enjoyed doing site visits to check the applicants’ plans against the four tests for “minor variances.”
Denise and Allan were married in 1983 and lived in Leaside. When she was expecting their son, Ryan, they moved to the Yonge-Lawrence neighbourhood. They joined Fairlawn Avenue United Church where Denise was active in the Toddler Room and the Children’s Education Committee. After she retired from the city, she co-coordinated the Tuesday Lunch Crowd, served on the board of the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, and organized art classes in the spring and fall with the artist, Ruth Hayes. She also took up yoga with Randy Basian. She met many wonderful people through these activities.
Denise’s other major passion was the family cottage on Graham Lane in Sturgeon Point. Her grandfather, Tom Graham, and father, Ross Graham built the cottage in the early 1960s and she spent her summers there. She learned to swim and water ski on Sturgeon Lake and play with her cousins, Mary-Rose, Heather, Bob and Bill Graham. Frequently, her Craig cousins, Darryl, Wayne and David, also came to the cottage. When she was sixteen she got a summer job at Brandon Hardware in Fenelon Falls and during the first two years of university, she started earlier and stayed with her Grandpa Graham on Oak Street in front of the Fenelon Falls locks on the Trent-Severn water system. She was deeply disappointed not to be going to the cottage this summer which she shares with her sister, Kimberly.
A celebration of Denise Graham’s life will be held at Fairlawn Avenue United Church after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Denise’s name to Fairlawn Avenue United Church, 28 Fairlawn Avenue, Toronto, M5M 1S7, or through their website at www.fairlawnchurch.ca.

Our church in 2020

Summer services, weddings, baptisms, and other celebrations of life have been held at the Sturgeon Point Union Church since 1915, and before this heritage building was constructed, in a tent and a makeshift structure on this piece of land since 1888.

So far as we know, this is the first summer in living or recorded history that our bell is quiet and services cancelled.  And though we regret this decision to remain shuttered, our desire to keep this community, our guest ministers, our organist Lynne Davis and our congregation safe from a highly contagious virus is paramount. 

As our collection bowls are also out of circulation, if you are able to support the church and the community charities it in turn supports, you can send an e-transfer to [email protected] or mail a cheque to Sturgeon Point Union Church ℅ Jean Crighton, 43 Irene Avenue, Sturgeon Pt, ON K0M1N0

For 2020 ‘petite’ wedding inquiries, and to hold much bigger events in 2021, please contact [email protected]