January 23rd, 2021

Former Coaldale mayor turning 100

By Letter to the Editor on September 2, 2020.

Alan Graham, centenarian, will be remarkably 100 years old on Thursday. We met him and Nancy Rose 37 years ago in Coaldale, when we were searching for a house through a local real estate agency.

Lydia and I also met him at the United Church Thrift Store before the pandemic. I would join Alan and the coffee group to discuss things in general. He told me that a one-room school with a bell tower was purchased from the Consolidated School District in 1910-15 and sold to the United Church that still stands there.

Alan Graham was the longest-reigning mayor of Coaldale: 1953-57, 1962-67 and from 1998-2001. His father, John, became mayor of Coaldale in 1942-51 and established Graham’s Garage from 1952-67. Alan was also chosen as parade marshal numerous times over the years.

We are pleased to see that Alan’s 100th birthday milestone will give him a chance to reminisce about all he has done for the Town of Coaldale and give him a reason to celebrate.

I could relate to Alan’s milestone, when my mother celebrated her 100th birthday and received a Papal Blessing Certificate from Pope John Paul II in 1995.

Paul Jones


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