Graham Banks Lutwick
Obituary for Graham Banks Lutwick
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Graham who died on Friday, May 18, 2018 while preparing his schooner Mary David for the sailing season. He was the beloved eldest child of the late David and Mary (Banks) Lutwick. Graham is survived by his wife Paulette Charron, daughter Natalie Lutwick (Adrian Hewitt), grandchildren Liam and Rory, siblings David (Lyndia), Marianne Forbes (Stephen), William (Anne Stevens), sister-in-law Sandra Lutwick, former wife Sharon Williams, several nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Donald and fiancée Olga Kisil. Graham grew up in Birch Cove where he was active in local church groups, the Rockingham Yacht Club and had many adventures in the woods and on Bedford Basin with his brothers and friends. He attended area schools but especially enjoyed finishing high school in Mabou, Cape Breton. He graduated from the Maritime Forestry School at UNB and worked in the forests of British Columbia before returning to the Maritimes to join the Environment Canada Water Survey division. His work in the hydrometric surveying field included monitoring river systems in the Maritimes and spending several summers in the high Arctic even diving under the sea ice; a feat he barely survived and had no desire to repeat. A transfer to Bedford Institute of Oceanography was a career highlight for Graham. He retired as a Multi-disciplinary Hydrographer with the Canadian Hydrographic Service where he was a well-respected colleague and made enduring friendships. Graham was a member of the Nova Scotia Schooner Association, a passionate sailor and a wooden boat enthusiast. He was a voracious reader, a student of history and follower of current events. He restored a heritage home at Hackett’s Cove beginning in 1972 and freely shared his skills helping others with house and boat projects. Ever the passionate environmentalist, he was a critic of clear cutting practices and a champion of wildlife and animals.
The family are most grateful for the rapid onsite care Graham received from Neil Joyce of Tern Boatworks, Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department, EHS and the RCMP. If desired, donations in Graham’s memory may be made to charities that address poverty, homelessness or environmental issues. A celebration of Graham’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 2 pm at Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Dr., Halifax, Rev. Debbie Aitken officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors.
12 Flamingo Drive
Halifax , NS B3M1S5
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