Vale Bruce Graham
FORMER Tweed shire deputy mayor, school teacher and librarian Bruce William Graham - described as a champion of the Tweed environment he so loved and explored - was farewelled by more than 200 people at his funeral service yesterday. The life of Mr Graham, who died last Wednesday aged 67 after a long illness, was celebrated by family, friends and former colleagues at the Tweed Heads crematorium chapel. His younger brother David recalled examples of his late brother's great love for his family and the Tweed Valley which he had walked, driven and boated all over. The former Tweed River High School librarian, he said, was a thoroughly dedicated teacher. Cr Max Boyd said his former deputy on council was a great mate and fearless ally who made a huge contribution to the life of the Tweed. "It was the fight to save Fingal Head that brought Bruce to the forefront of those who could not or would not allow its desecration by developers," Cr Boyd said. "He became so concerned that his beloved Tweed was about to be raped and cemented over that he decided to stand for Council in 1991, and to his credit was elected. "Over the next eight years he built a reputation in local government the like of which I doubt any other councillor could ever hope to emulate," he said. One of Mr Graham's proudest achievements, Cr Boyd said, was his time as chairman of the RichmondTweed Regional Library Board for eight years in which he successfully pushed for new libraries to be built or upgraded. Mr Graham is survived by his wife Merle, daughters Samara and Tanya and three grandchildren.