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ORIGINAL KEEPER OF THE LIGHT IS GONE


October 15, 2003

Ian Mulgrew
Vancouver Sun
Friday, October 10, 2003
Not long after dawn Wednesday, leaden sheets of rain marching across the chop off Point Atkinson, the last keeper of the light that heralds Vancouver died. A keeper for 17 years at the landmark red and white tower at the treacherous confluence of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet, and much, much more, Donald Graham succumbed within sight of the seascape to which he devoted so much of his life. With family and friends at his side, the 56-year-old considered the foremost authority on B.C. lighthouses had battled pancreatic cancer for several months. The author of two perennial favourite and acclaimed books -- Keepers of the Light and Lights of the Inside Passage: A History of British Columbia's Lighthouses and their Keepers-- Graham was a recognized community and political activist who toiled for peace, more compassionate government, and the environment.