GILFORD — Clayton James Graham lost his twelve-year battle with severe mental illness on November 14, 2013. Sadly, the dark demon of depression pushed him over the edge. Born on April 9, 1987, CJ was the most loving and kind son, a wonderful little brother, and a great uncle. Despite the cruel hand life dealt him, he remained positive and never complained, always looking forward. CJ was a gifted and passionate gardener, a talented artist, and a vet tech student at Great Bay Community College. He had a huge heart for all animals, especially his dog, Xander. He will be missed by his family and friends; the world is a richer, better place because of his life and the love he brought to it. The pain so many of us are feeling is a measure of what he meant to us.
He is survived by his parents, Michael and Cindie Graham of Gilford, NH. He is also survived by two sisters who loved him beyond measure, Katie Graham of Malden, MA, and Holly Bannon; her husband, James, of Southington, CT and his nephews, Jaden and Graham. Clayton adored them and they loved him so much. He so delighted in his role as "Uncle CJ!"
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Gilford Community Church on Saturday, November 30 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions on his behalf can be made to Genesis Behavioral Health, 111 Church Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.