David Peter Graves passed away peacefully at home with family by his side, on Sunday, August 28th, 2022. Age 75 years.

Loving son of the late Frank and Peg Graves (Hannon). Beloved husband of Cheryl Graves (Rason) for 53 years. Loving father of Daniel (Athena), Tim (Tiffany), and Paul (Jeanette). Cherished Grandad of Jade, Leighton, Ethan, Anastasia, Eden, Brooklyn, Lacie, and Hannah. Dear brother of Mary Hopcraft (Bill), and the late Pat Graham (Jim). Fondly remembered by cousins Barry Stephenson and Lori Stephenson, and by his nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

David Peter Graves (1947-2022) was raised in Orrville, Ontario and attended high school in Parry Sound. In 1968 he married Cheryl Rason and made a home for many years with her and their three sons on North Taylor Mills Drive in Richmond Hill. He was a 32-year employee of Richmond Hill Hydro first as a journeyman lineman, and later as Operations Superintendent, retiring as Director of Engineering and Operations. A community-minded individual, at various times he was a member of the Anglers and Hunters Association, the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee, and neighbourhood fix-it man. In his retirement, he returned to Orrville, where he worked in business with his son, Paul, and later as a home inspector. He enjoyed the cottage life on Duck Lake and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Much of his relaxing time was spent in the workshop, often using tools inherited from his father. He built two beautiful homes. His kindness and generosity shone through most of all in his love of his grandchildren, and in his encounters with every dog he ever met.

Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 81 James Street, Parry Sound (705-746-5855), on Friday, September 9th, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., and on Saturday, September 10th from 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

A Celebration of David’s Life will take place in the Logan Memorial Chapel, on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. Reception to follow.

Interment Christie Memorial Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


That was so well written I could picture David through the years. As the flower girl at Cheryl and David's wedding I have a few special memories of that day. RIP David and a big hug to the family.

-Darlene Fraser/McBrien

Cheryl and family
I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He will forever be a part of my Duck Lake story and his epic Chelsea buns will never be duplicated!
Take care and know that you are all in my thoughts.
Kim Holmes-Pinkas

-Kim Pinkas

Cheryl, I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with Dave! He was full of knowledge and skill- I will miss him!! We will all miss how much each and every dog loved Dave!
With Love Ann

-Ann Epps

Our deepest sympathies to Cheryl and family. From the first time we met Dave, through shuffleboard, out in the community or at bands on the bay, we truly loved being around him. Always had a smile and loved talking to people with such energy and laughter. Will truly miss you Dave, rest in peace.

-Larry and Jennifer Jordan

Cheryl and family; So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Our sincere sympathy to you. You in our prayers at this difficult time

-Roberta Healey

Cheryl,Tim,Daniel,Paul and families We would like to send our condolences to you at this time of loss. Dave was certainly a fighter esp when he had his stoke. His smiling smerk and jokes he told often made the blues slip away. He will be missed at especially the pot luck suppers at Orrville Community Center. RIP Dave until we meet again sometime at the end of the rainbow of life.. Cheers!!

-Sharon and Gerd Nissen

Dear Dan and Athena,

Holding your family in loving prayer .

Cathy Gross

-Cathy Gross

Cheryl your Sons and respective families you have my deepest sympathy and condolences.
I gave up sometime ago trying to figure out who I was related to in Orrville but am truly proud/grateful that David and I share a kinship.
David Rest in peace in the arms of those who came before you giving hope to those who follow


To the entire Graves Family. Sincere condolences on David’s passing. Dad and Dave worked together for many years. On behalf of Don, John and the entire Glenn family sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Dave

-John Glenn

Cheryl, sorry to hear of David’s passing, from when I really got to know David in Mission Texas, even though we both live in Parry Sound! He always had a story and a smile, and loved to show off his fancy high rise wheelchair! Patty Forbes

-Patty Forbes

My deepest sympathy on the passing of David. He was a fine, fine man.

-Chris Emberson

Although we did not know David for very long or very well he always made us feel welcome into our community here at Granite Harbour. No matter what was going on in his life he always was cheerful and engaging and never complained about the noise coming from across the hall!! He will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to Cheryl and their lovely family at this very sad time.

-Carol and Sandy Stewart

Dear Cheryl and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about David.
He was always so welcoming and friendly to me, and he always remembered who I was. No small accomplishment since I come from a family of seven girls/women.
Sending condolences to the whole family.
Sheila Hannon

-Sheila Hannon

Dear Cheryl & family,
I’m so very sorry to hear about Dave’s passing.
I worked at RH Hydro and remember him very well. I didn’t know though that he had such a love for dogs. That line in his obituary made me smile.

I hope you take comfort in all the wonderful memories that you made together as a family.
Eleanor Muzzone.

-Eleanor Macciocchi

I’m very sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. I’ll always remember him fondly.

-Tim & Ami Hendry

My sincere condolences to the family on behalf of the NNDSB Board of Trustees,sincerely,John Cochrane.

-john cochrane