Donald Graham (1935-2021)

Donald Munro Graham, 85, a Philipstown resident since 1969, died Oct. 1.

He was born in Wishaw, Scotland, on Dec. 16, 1935, as the youngest of the five children of Robert and Marion (Munro) Graham.

On July 15, 1960, in Scotland, Donald married Margaret (Greta), whom he had met at a dance hall. The couple moved to the U.S. that year and lived in Dobbs Ferry before settling in Cold Spring. They were always the first couple on the dance floor, his family said. 

Donald Graham

Donald Graham (Photo by Amy Kubik)

Trained as a carpenter, Donald was employed by Metro-North Railroad and always working on projects at home. With help from friends and family, he restored a home in Nelsonville that he and Greta fondly named “The Wee Hoose.” Donald was always available with a smile and a helping hand for a friend or neighbor, his family said.

Donald loved traveling with his family and visiting new places. He and Greta especially enjoyed going to New York City to see a show and always stopped at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station for a Manhattan before heading home.

He also loved to read and was known for the April Fool’s jokes he would play on his daughters when they were growing up. Donald loved taking his grandchildren on walks, reading to them, playing with them and, when they were old enough, teaching them to drive.

Along with his wife of 61 years, he is survived by his daughters, Diane Rosasco (Jim) and Cheryl Rockett (James); his grandchildren: William Rockett, Isabel Rosasco and Thomas Rockett; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. The family plans a private graveside service.

3 thoughts on “Donald Graham (1935-2021)

  1. I am so very sorry to hear about Donald’s passing. When I worked at the Nelsonville Village Hall, I always looked forward to Donald coming in during his daily walks through the village. He always said that he didn’t want to go passed without saying hello. My prayers go out to Greta and his family.

  2. Donald was always the perfect gentleman. I watched as he worked as a carpenter for Metro-North, his work was impeccable. As a person he was someone that most of us looked up to. The world will miss this man. My condolences to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Donald.

  3. My sincere condolences to Greta and her family, especially Diane and Cheryl and their families. It’s been so long, but I well remember Donald’s gentle and peaceful presence, along with a brogue I can still hear ring in my ears. Well, OK, perhaps some of it is theirs as well. I send along my deepest prayers, love and blessings.