Eugene "Gene" Graves

Jul 4, 1943 – Dec 12, 2016

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Eugene “Gene” Graves peacefully passed away on Dec 12, 2016 at the age of 73 in Seattle, WA. Gene was born to Charlotte and Eugene Graves in Glendale, California on July 4th. 1943. Gene had a great sense of humor, a big heart and was a wonderful friend to many. In the course of his life,  he was a Deacon, flooring sub-contractor, a musician and volunteered at Alcoholics Anonymous.  At the age of 51,  he received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
He is deeply missed by his husband and partner of 33 years, Michael Baradi and their beloved dog Maxx.  He is also survived by his sisters Mary and Barbara of Glendale, CA. and many extended family in Seattle.   A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 6:00pm at Bonney Watson Funeral Home, 1732 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122.


Kerry Lannert
Seattle, WA
Dec 27, 2016

Gene was a singularly warm, friendly presence in the neighborhood. My thoughts are with all of his loved ones in this difficult time. Gene will be sorely missed.

Michael Capper
Cannon Beach, OR
Dec 22, 2016

I hadn't heard anything about Gene since high school. In those days, Gene could be counted on to take it up a notch, which scared a lot of us half to death. My favorite memory is driving up to Mount Wilson and Gene trying to pass us. For miles he stayed in the oncoming lane beside us, giving us the famous Gene Graves grin, never looking to see if there was anyone coming toward us. It is amazing any of us is alive to tell that story. I have to confess that I was amazed to hear he lived for 73 years.

The Rev. Beverly Hosea
Seattle, Wa
Dec 19, 2016

Thinking of Gene fondly, and sorry that I will not be able to attend the memorial service as I will be out of town. Prayers for you, Michael, and the family who bear this loss during the holiday season. Peace be with you all.

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