Milton Graham, 87, professional football player, FBI agent, mountaineer, goalie
Milton R. Graham, 87, of Norwalk died on Monday, December 13 at the Brightview Assisted Living Center in Norwalk.
Mr. Graham was born July 28, 1934 in Defreestville, New York. He was the son of Russell and Lucile (Tucker) Graham. He married Gertrude Jo (Engle) Graham on June 13, 1959 at the Presbyterian Church on Munn Avenue in East Orange, New York.
In addition to being an exceptional husband, father and grandfather, Milt has had a remarkable variety of accomplishments during his career. He graduated from Colgate University in 1956, where he was selected for the All-American College team in football and basketball although he never played football before college.
He was drafted by the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia 76ers, but eventually decided to join the Ottawa Rough Riders, where he played a good offensive tackle for six years.
In 1961 he joined the Boston Patriots, who won the division and played in the AFL Championship. Due to his strong work ethic and gracious humility, Milt was selected by his teammates to win the Unsung Hero Award.
After retiring from football in 1964, he joined the FBI as a special agent, where he worked for 20 years. He was especially proud of the role he played in the mid-1960s, upholding civil rights and working against the Ku Klux Klan in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
He and his wife Gerrie became innkeepers in 1984 for 15 years at the award-winning Wedgewood Inn in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Coming from fond childhood memories in the Adirondack Mountains, Milt was an avid mountaineer throughout his life, having climbed many American peaks including Mount Rainier, Mount Whitney, and Mount Marcy, as well as many mountains abroad, such as Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Russia, and other mountains in the Himalayas and South America.
He was an active member of the Christian Science Churches in Darien and Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Born with an innate sense of right and wrong, Milt made a point of helping everyone he could, standing up to bullies wherever he found them and loving his family immensely.
He is survived by his brother Donald Graham of Brookfield; her three children: David Graham (wife JoAnn) of New York, Mark Graham (wife Nancy) of Wilton and Lori Brady (husband Patrick) of Baltimore; and her seven grandchildren: Louisa, Emily, Luca, Matthew, Nolan, William (Brady) and Grace. He is predeceased by his brother, William Graham. Her family is grateful for the support, care and kindness provided by the friends and staff of Brightview Assisted Living in Norwalk.
There are no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 18 at North Elba Cemetery, Old Military Road, Lake Placid, New York. The MB Clark, Inc. funeral home in Lake Placid, New York is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Milton’s name to Cape Cod & Island Seniors Services are welcome.
– an obituary from WB Clark, Inc. Funeral Home, where online condolences can be delivered