Graham Crescent

Long-time Stratford municipal official honoured

The naming of Graham Crescent is one of several honours bestowed upon Laurence Richard David Graham following his retirement in November 1973. By then he had been the city clerk for for more than 26 years (April 1947 - November 1973), and before that its deputy clerk for more than eight years (February 1939 - April 1947).

Graham was born in Downie Township on Dec. 29, 1908, but in the next year moved to Stratford with his parents. He lived in three houses in Stratford, one of them at 10 McNab St.

Nominated by the city council in appreciation of his exemplary public service, he was one of five Stratford recipients of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.

He was a lifetime member of the firefighters union, and a lifetime member of the Educated Ducks, a group of friends who played basketball at the YMCA. They were the forerunner to the Stratford Y's Men, a service club that supported the Y.

He was 89 when he died in 1998. With notes from Stanford Dingman

Jubilee Medallion 1977