A Farewell to Jim Graffam
Today we say goodbye to my uncle, Jim Graffam. He was taken from us suddenly on Dec 31, 2010 after suffering a stroke on December 28, 2010. Uncle Jim leaves behind a legacy started by his father E. Maynard Graffam Sr., my Papa. Papa was an enterprising man who tried his hand at many things. Ice cutting on the Lily Pond, followed by an ice processing plant in the Shepherd Block…Pen Bay Oil, a home heating company…and Maine Coast Seafood, the predecessor to Graffam Bros.
After my grandfather’s death in 1969, my dad, Sandy and Uncle Jim continued on in the same style as my grandfather with a diversity of businesses. The ice processing was discontinued, but lobsters and fuel oil were still going strong. In the 70’s, Dad and Uncle Jim added Smith’s Garage, a car dealership and auto repair and eventually moped dealership, to their list of business ventures. The car dealership evolved into a car rental in the early 80’s and then came the addition of Coastal Fuel, another home heating company based in Rockland.
Since my father’s death in 1997, the company business has evolved. The car dealership and auto rental were phased out, the Shepherd Block was sold, and Smith’s Garage was remodeled to become the company offices and Graffam Bros. Lobster was expanded to become Graffam Bros. Seafood Market under Jim’s leadership.
Uncle Jim’s daily presence will be missed by all of us. His jokes, his laughter, and his stories will no longer fill our days. However, the legacy begun by my grandfather so many years ago and continued by the brothers Graffam will continue on in their memory and their honor. You are all loved and you are all missed. Safe journeys on the other side.
Graffam Bros. Seafood Market will be closing at 12 Noon today, Jan 6, so that staff may have the opportunity to join in the celebration of Jim's life at 2 pm at the Rockport Opera House.