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Remembering Graham: A Legacy of Education, Inspiration, and Friendship

November 11, 2023

Remembering Graham: A Legacy of Education, Inspiration, and Friendship


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It is with heavy hearts and profound sorrow that we come together today to bid farewell to a remarkable soul, our dear friend Graham. On Sunday, November 5, 2023, Graham left this world after a courageous battle with cancer. In his final moments, surrounded by the love of his family, he peacefully departed, spared from pain.

Graham's legacy in the field of education spans five decades, a testament to his unwavering dedication and passion. While his professional achievements globally are undeniably impressive, it is the essence of the man we mourn today. Graham was not just an educator; he was a guiding light, a mentor, and a source of unwavering support. His impact on the lives he touched is immeasurable.

In the corridors of education, Graham crafted initiatives that bolstered student success, leaving an indelible mark on the very fabric of learning and assessment. His nurturing spirit extended beyond the classroom, where he mentored and inspired the next generation of educators and assessment professionals. His wisdom, shared generously, illuminated paths for many, making the journey of learning richer and more meaningful.

Graham was more than a colleague; he was a beacon of joy and knowledge. His cheerful demeanor and vast wisdom created an atmosphere of learning and camaraderie wherever he went. We were fortunate to share moments of laughter, learning, and growth with him. Today, as we remember him, we celebrate not only his professional achievements but the countless cherished memories we hold dear.

His absence leaves a void that words cannot fill. Yet, we find solace in the knowledge that Graham's spirit will forever reside in our hearts. His contributions to the realm of education and the profound friendships he forged will continue to inspire us, reminding us of the extraordinary impact one soul can make.

As we bid farewell, we hold onto the lessons he imparted, the kindness he showed, and the love he shared. Let us keep his memory alive by cherishing the bonds we formed with him and by continuing the work he so passionately believed in.

In the coming weeks, Graham's family will gather for a small, intimate funeral. Additionally, an online remembrance page will be created, where we can collectively share our cherished experiences and photographs, immortalizing the moments we shared with this extraordinary individual. We will soon provide you with the details to honor Graham's memory in this meaningful way.

Our thoughts are with Graham's family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences during this incredibly difficult time, as we honor the legacy of a man who made the world brighter with his presence.

With heartfelt condolences,

Rick Jones, Emily Brown, Megan Borner, Jhonel Morvan, Laurel Schollen, Ovidiu Bagdasar, Paula Gouveia, Matt Wingfield, Pilar Cloud, Maria Sairoglou, Claudia Bickford-Smith, Eva Hartell, Amina Afif, Graham Hudson, Vali Huseyn, Anand Karat, Charles Anifowose, and the team at Vretta