McGraw, John W., Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully Friday, May 29, 2015 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Age 85 years. Son of the late Thomas A. and Ruth A. (Hay) McGraw, John was born September 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post #439. He married Elizabeth K. “Liz” Foley on August 27, 1953. She predeceased him March 26, 2014. John was a prominent member of the State Bar of Michigan, Saginaw County Bar Association and the Federal Courts for over 50 years. He obtained his law degree in 1958, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Detroit. John was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and Pulaski Club. John is survived by six children, Honorable Patrick and Susan McGraw, Kathleen McGraw, Kevin and Sharon McGraw, Mary McGraw, Colleen McGraw and Thomas McGraw; 13 grandchildren, Kelly (Johnny) Fontes, Ryan (Lauren) McGraw, Brandon (Nicole) McGraw, Kyle McGraw and her fiancé Thomas Salcido, Megan Heyn and her fiancé Joe Marcantel, Devin Heyn, Morgan McGraw-Heyn, John (Alex) McGraw, Jacob McGraw and his fiancé Karinna Stempien, Alicia Bigelow, Andrew Bigelow and his fiancé Caylin Newell, Ethan McGraw, Hannah McGraw; six great-grandchildren, John Fontes III, Olivia Fontes, Elizabeth “Lily” Fontes, Landon McGraw, Luke McGraw, Paisley McGraw, and another angel on the way; several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by three infant children; a granddaughter, Brianna Bigelow and his brother, Thomas B. McGraw. The family wishes to thank Edgewood Assisted Living Staff for their caring and compassion they have given to John and Liz. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1525 S. Washington, Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Andrew Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #439. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Sunday from 1-7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 12 p.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Field Neurosciences Institute or The 100 Club of Saginaw County. www.snowfuneralhome.net