William T. McGraw Jr.

Born: Mon., Dec. 14, 1953
Died: Thu., May 17, 2018


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wed., May 23, 2018
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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William T. McGraw Jr. "Billy", age 64 of Ripley, NY died on Thursday May 17, 2018 at Westfield Memorial Hospital.

He was born on December 14, 1953 at Westfield Memorial Hospital to the late William T. McGraw Sr. and Janet Marie McGraw.

Billy was a veteran of the Vietnam Era serving in the United States Air Force.

He graduated from East High School in Erie, PA and was the owner and sole operator of McGraw Home Improvement for over 25 years.  

Billy achieved 38 years of sobriety as a recovering alcoholic of AA.

He enjoyed singing, playing guitar, working in the yard, loved his animals, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and good conversation with friends and family.

Billy was adored and loved by his entire family, a kind man who worked hard and never judged anyone, a Godly man who gave everyone a fair chance and was always willing to help others.  

He is survived by his daughter, Genevieve P. McGraw "Genny"  of North East; daughter, Gabrielle Elizabeth Burkett of Ripley ; son, Joseph Ezra Burkett of Ripley;  wife, Denise Gross of Ripley; stepchildren, Bert Hart, Mara Callejas (Davey) of Ripley, BJ Hart (Kandy) of North East; brothers, Robert McGraw (Lori) of Erie, PA; Patrick McGraw (Darlene) of Alabama, Dennis McGraw (Lynn) of North Carolina; sisters, Theresa McGraw and Susan Stablein both of Erie; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East on Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm.  Per family request, everyone is invited to the funeral home casually dressed because that is how Billy would have wanted it-preferably a comfortable T-shirt and a pair of jeans to commemorate his laid back, easy going personality.   Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.  Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com.

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Tom Schroeck
   Posted Sun May 20, 2018
To the Bill McGraw family, You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Tom Schroeck

Scott Westcott
   Posted Sun May 20, 2018
Bill remodeled a basement for us about 18 years ago. I was working nights, so had the opportunity to get to know him pretty well for a time. I was always impressed with the careful thought he put into his work, and ability to methodically work around a problem. I think I bummed a smoke or two off him as well. He was an honest, good man and a craftsman. He made our house a nicer home, and a great place for my kids to play. My deep sympathies to his family. Scott Westcott

Holly Brooks
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
So very sorry for your loss! As it's never easy. Billy was always very kind and considerate of others! Always knew where he was going after he died! " HEAVEN". And at any holiday dinner he would always being something sweet to eat. Praying for you all...

Tracy Schroeck
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
Thinking of you. With love, Tracy Schroeck

John & Bonnie Ore
   Posted Fri May 25, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. Bill replaced a roof for us and did a number of other jobs, all of them done just perfectly. He was a gentleman and we had some good conversations along the way. He will be missed.

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