James Austin McGraw passed peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones early Thursday morning on Jan. 24, 2013, at the age of 80; one week after a surprise diagnosis confirmed liver cancer. A native of Naples, Texas, Daddy left the starry state to join the military after high school. After a twelve-year stint, he made his way to sunny California to begin life as a civilian. He later moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Muni bus driver and met his love, Gladys, with whom he had three children, Brett, Hope and Faith McGraw. Mama died of complications from multiple sclerosis in 1981. Shortly after her passing, Daddy and we settled in Fairfield, California, where all three of us still reside.
Per his wishes, Daddy was cremated and a private memorial service will commence at the residence of his eldest child and only son Brett on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. James is also survived by his two daughters, Hope and Faith. We look forward to celebrating the life of our dear papa with close friends and family. Blessings to all for your well-wishes, prayers and support.