Painting by Graeme-
August 12, 1975 - September 13, 2020
The livestream of the Celebration of Life Service for Graeme will commence at 11:00am on Thursday September 24. To join the livestream, please click on the link below, or copy and paste it to your browser.
Graeme was born in 1975. He was a delightful and energetic child, the first born to parents who were both teachers, and he became a precocious talker and early reader. His interpersonal abilities and charm were evident early on, as were his love of food and feeding people as he learned to cook by making green eggs and ham and by stuffing his baby sister with Smarties.
As he grew, he developed multiple sports skills in swimming, hockey, soccer, camping, canoe trips, etc. He completed a special Arts Diploma Program in high school, was Student Council President and was involved in leadership at Pioneer Camp. He won various awards and competitions in sales and marketing, something he started as a young child when selling dandelions to his neighbours.
During summers while attending Bishop’s University he worked for a major home builder and then set out on his own as a small contractor, later running a College Pro franchise. With College Pro he was very successful and was involved in training other student franchisees. Upon graduation he joined the professional division of College Pro, Cleanol.
What started as a trip for adventure in late 2000 with a friend, led to living for 10 years in Mexico. During this time he became fluent in Spanish and immersed himself in the culture. He was involved in various endeavours initially renovating a condo, selling time shares, building and running his own restaurant called Za, selling real estate and property development until the 2008/09 financial collapse. Returning to Canada in 2011, he began working for an e-health company but quickly turned again to his love of building and renovating, including his own home. He married in 2013 and Graeme was delighted when his son Alex, arrived a year later. He loved to entertain family and friends and use his culinary skills. He revelled in hosting Christmas dinners and play the role of Santa Claus for all the kids.
Graeme was a gifted and talented man, someone who was creative and artistic in all avenues of life. His warm personality generated the love and goodwill of many people he encountered. He had a wonderful smile, he engaged meaningfully with people and often with those whom others would turn aside. Most importantly, Graeme was a compassionate man with a tender heart and was always interested in helping others. Despite his many challenges he always made room for God in his heart. Graeme loved his son Alex and his greatest joy was spending time with him.
While in Mexico and then upon his return, Graeme faced many challenges and suffered numerous losses and setbacks, both personal and financial, some traumatic. In the midst of it all he never gave up hope nor did he give up on himself even until the end. While he was not afraid to solve problems, life dealt him one disappointment after another which along with Covid 19 compounded his struggle to regain his earlier stability. A pre-existing condition that was treated on several occasions finally caught up with him and he tragically passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, September 13.
He is mourned by the many people who loved him, and whom he loved: his son Alexander; his parents Bruce Cameron (Deborah Collins), Linda Cameron (Lee Bartel); his siblings Krysten Cameron (Neil Bickerton), Stuart Cameron (Emilie Devey), and Melanie Bartel and Lucas Bartel; nephews and nieces Katelyn and Jack Bickerton, and Elliott and Oliver Cameron; as well as uncles, aunts, many cousins, friends, and special fur babies Baden, Powell, and Max.
Cremation has taken place and arrangements entrusted to Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home, Chatsworth Ontario. A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Spring Garden Church, North York. Reverend Harold Percy officiating. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery. A livestream of the service will be made available to the community. If desired, donations in Graeme's memory be made to CAMH in Toronto. Online condolences may be expressed at www.garafraxahillfuneral.com