EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 19, 2013

Clayton James Graham, 26

Gilford, NH — Clayton James Graham, 26, lost his 12-year battle with severe mental illness. Sadly, the dark demon of depression pushed him over the edge. 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; two sisters, who loved him beyond measure, Katie Graham of Malden, Mass., and Holly Bannon and her husband, James, of Southington, Conn.; and his nephews, Jaden and Graham. Clayton adored them and they loved him so much. He so delighted in his role as “Uncle CJ!”

ARRANGEMENTS: 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 may 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 his memorial, visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.