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Brent Graf

Brent Alexander Graf

Tuesday, September 12th, 1950 - Friday, July 17th, 2020
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Brent Alexander Graf
September 12, 1950 - July 17, 2020

Brent Alexander Graf, aged 69 years, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 in his home in Calgary, Alberta. Brent was born in Turner Valley and raised in Longview, Alberta.

Brent is lovingly remembered by his daughters Cory (Graham) Reiser, Jackie (Justin) Haden, and Brandy (Tom) Rigel; grandchildren, Carson & Sophie Reiser, Gary, Hannah, Joey & Jessie Haden, and Tate & Rayah Rigel; siblings, Terry Graf, Brian & (Val) Graf, Debbie & (Neil) Graham and, Penny & (Wayne) Krupaand many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, August and Pauline (Pearl) Graf.

Brent was a classic cowboy, knew when to tip his hat and kept his boots polished. He lived the Cowboy way. When life bucked him off, he always got up, dusted himself off and got back on again for another ride. After growing up in Longview, Brent moved his family to Lac La Biche and soon after venture to Fort McMurray. He worked for many oil and gas companies including Syncrude, Chieftan and Royal Lite.

He eventually ended up back in Calgary where he lived for the last 20 years. Brent was a smart man who loved to tinker, build, paint, and draw. He was an amazing poet who spoke from the heart. One of his poems, “The Christian Cowboy” was recorded by, Trevor Toews.

A private Celebration of Brent’s Life will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made in Brent’s memory to the Alex Community Health Centre.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Lara Nixon for her care and compassion. It’s time to say good-bye to yesterday, this is where the Cowboy rides away… The last good-bye is the hardest one to say. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Brent, please visit www.choicememorial.com.
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Sandra Massey-Hicks

Posted at 02:50pm
Brent, you loved the soil, the land and to tend your gardens and plants. May you be honored, with this tree of life. God bless you and keep you.
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Sandra Massey-Hicks

Posted at 10:44pm
Although I have posted much about Brent, the past few weeks keep memories flooding in. Brent had a way of making me feel good about myself. He could do that, for everyone he met. He loved talking to people and getting to know them. I would notice him at different times, going to this person or that, asking them about a project they were doing, or a friend or family member. He was always interested and encouraging, and they often thanked him, for coming over to talk to them. A quote by Longfellow, truly applies to Brent. Lives of great men, all remind us. We can make our lives sublime. And in passing, leave behind us. Footprints, on the sands of time. He was an extraordinary man.

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Tana MacKay

Posted at 07:04pm
Brent was a good guy, he didn't judge or ask questions, he was always eager to help. I remember one early Sunday morning in Lac La Biche and he helped get my car out of the ditch, he knew how it got there but didn't judge or ask questions but just helped me.
Brent was a family man, he loved his girls, Cory, Jackie, Brandy, with all of his heart, along with the grandkids.
Rest in Peace Brent, you were loved!
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Tracey Graff

Posted at 12:54pm
The world is a sadder place without my Cousin Brent but the Angels are singing and rejoicing to have Brent among them. I am sad to say that I did not know my cousin well but what I do remember is that any time I would visit with him, usually at Uncle Gus and Auntie Pearl's house he was always fun to be around. He always made me feel welcome and included. Sleep well Cousin Brent you will be missed. Tracey Graff
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Sandy Massey

Posted at 02:57pm
Brent Alexander Graf, was a friendly, caring, brilliant man, and I loved him very much. When I met him, he was recovering from triple bypass surgery and told me that he was going to get through it. He had tenacity, determination, perseverance, focus, talent, and could do anything he put his mind too.
After the operation, he got up off of his bed, and walked out of the room. The doctors told him, that they had never seen anyone do that before.

He loved life and he enjoyed getting up early, usually by 5 a.m to look out on a brand new day. Once up, he would start his day with a coffee, and begin having fun, with his many projects. He loved to draw and to paint, do leather work and wood working. He made candles, all sorts of canes, key chains, cellphone holders, and dream catchers. His passion was doing, all things with his hands.
Often he would clean his many cowboy hats, polish his collection of boots or give his belt buckles, a good wipe. He loved "doing."

He was also an excellent poet. Sometimes, we would collaborate on our poems together. He used ever medium possible to express himself, and he excelled in them all. He was a leader and a teacher, and much more. Some folks complained that there residence, did not have a chocolate bar and pop machine and a newspaper stand outside. He talked to management, and they were put in right away. People knew that they could count on Brent, to get things done and always help them out.

When he saw a need, he did something about it. He loved plants and flowers and always tended to them, with love and care. His whole attitude and way of being, made the world a better place. He will be sadly missed by Stella, who he loved to tease, Diane and Don.
We all loved and cared for him.

He lead AA meetings for several years and helped many men and women, work through their addictions. He gave up drinking, four years ago, saying, "I just didn't want to do it anymore." Brent loved music, and he reached many through song. He would occasionally pick up his guitar and strum and he just loved to sing and listen to hymns and cowboy music.

He had his own quiet spiritual views on politics and religion, which he kept mostly to himself. He never liked to run the other guy down. He was gracious and humble about his accomplishments. He wanted to do things right, didn't like gossip, never cared what other people thought of him, and worshipped his God where he knew him to be and in the way he wanted too.

My dear Brent, you were one exceptional person, and you taught me lessons for a lifetime. None of us will forget you, but rather attempt, to carry on following, your great example, and the sage wisdom you shared. Until we meet again, be at peace and rest. And may God bless your loving soul.
I love you.
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