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I enjoyed spending time with Don whenever we got together, I'll miss don but I'll never forget him. God Bless
Jennifer Wise Farid
Dearest Carolyn Deana and family I was sorry to see the news of Don's passing today... Sending much love light and peace.
Aunt Carolyn I am so sorry I just heard this news. The last time I spoke to Uncle Don he sounded spry and as stubborn as I knew him to be throughout life. I know he is sitting up there with m grandparents and mom watching over everyone. Uncle Don you will be missed by all who life you touched. Don.
Annie Wooten Prescott
Aunt Carolyn, Deana and Family. I was saddened to hear of Don’s transition. 25 years plus is a long time to be partners, I know there will be a huge emptiness in your heart as you miss abs remember him. Sending Love your way❤️
Good man I learned alot from him
Debbie Avera and Tony Watson
I will miss bumping into Don in the neighborhood and at the surf. I always enjoyed our conversations. He was a true asset to our community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Don but I am so saddened for you and your family. You all will be in my prayers.
Classmates and friends of Carolyn were saddened to hear about the loss of Don. He was a wonderful husband and father. His positive attitude influenced the lives of those he touched. His service to his country is to be commended and his community involvement in mullitude of activities will be missed. He was kind and gentle-hearted. He and Carolyn made a fantastic couple. He will be missed but will liive in our hearts forever.
Karen Atkins and Richard Gilmore
We absolutely loved Don! We lived across the street from Don and Carolyn for many years, and commuted back and forth from our home in Atlanta. Don would always keep a close lookout on our beachhouse, which we greatly appreciated! I remember one time, there was a leak in our ceiling, with water pouring in from a ruptured A/C drainage pipe. Don jumped to the rescue, pulling back carpet, moving furniture, and vacuuming up the watery mess. Waaaay more than we deserved! He was always the first to volunteer his services in whatever was needed. He will be greatly missed!
Deana Griffin Hanson
He was an incredible human being! I was very lucky to have him in my life. God bless you Don and know you are sitting next to Saint Peter to help figure out what the world needs today! You will be missed. Love you, Deana
Donald H. "Don" Grafton
Donald H. “Don” Grafton, 85, of Fernandina Beach passed away July 9, 2022 after a brief illness.
Born in Coraopolis, PA he was the son of the late Hubert Paul and Myrtle Snowden Grafton.
He proudly served in the U. S. Army and spent most of his working life in banking. Don moved to Fernandina Beach from the Miami and Coral Gables area in 1986 to become President of the Florida National Banks in Nassau County. Don loved his new community and became involved in many civic activities. He was known as a “doer” and was often called upon for some project because his professional associates knew he could get things done.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He truly loved the community. His love and helpfulness extended from simple acts of kindness to favors and unrecognized assistance to many who needed a bit of help. After retirement, Don continued his involvement in many aspects of the community and his homeowners association.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his sister, Ila Grafton Fink.
He leaves behind his wife of 25 wonderful years, Carolyn Oxley Grafton; a son, Donald Scott Grafton and his family; a daughter, Deana Griffin Hanson and her daughter, Carolyn (Chase)Hanson Mann as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews.
There will be a small gathering of family, close friends and neighbors for a memorial service in the coming months.
Those desiring may remember Don by donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.