SERGEANT SCOTT GRAHAM, 59, of Port Charlotte, Florida died Friday, October 10, 2014 at home surrounded by family, friends and his fellow officers.
He was born June 26, 1955 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Scott is preceded in death by his mother Audrey, father John and brother John. Scott is survived by his loving family, wife Alicia, three daughters, Christine, Amanda and Alexis, four grandchildren Parker, Ryan, Hayden and Skylar. His beloved cat, Sammy. His sister, Wendy Cox of Frederick, Maryland; In-laws, Bonnie(Cliff) Tesone, Apollo, PA, Ken (Shirley) Chichura, Millville, NJ, Sean (Vicki) Chichura, Port Charlotte, FL, Donna Weller, Christiana, DE. Scott leaves behind his beloved Aunt Armita and Uncle Barney Grater, cousin Toby (Donna) Grater along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Scott graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973, upon graduation he was accepted into the pre-med program at Penn State University. Before Scott graduated with his biomedical sciences degree he decided to change his major to criminal justice. He traded in his stethoscope for a gun. A decision he never regretted.
Scott was a volunteer fire fighter for Saylesville Fire Department in Rhode Island for nearly two decades. Scott retired from Lincoln Police Department in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 2002. He was previously employed with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office until 2006 and was currently employed with the North Port Police Department as a Sergeant in charge of the School Resource Officer program, K9 and support services.
Family was extremely important to Scott. When he was not working he could be found with his family. Scott loved to travel and loved many sports. Scott’s many talents included pitching for Penn State University and also playing hockey and lacrosse with so many of his friends. He was an avid bird watcher, a passion he shared with his grandfather. The Bald Eagle was his favorite bird. He loved animals. His obsession was photography. Scott would usually be found with a camera in his hand.
Scott leaves behind 36 years and several brother and sisters bound by a thin blue line. To the North Port Police Department, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Police Department in Providence, Rhode Island… Scott passes the torch to each of you. Take the knowledge he has given you and pass it on to future officers. Keep fighting crime in his memory.
A special thank you to the Morgan and Roguska families, Duke would not have been possible without you. A very special thank you to Dr. Alan Friedman, Dr. Henry Friedman, Dr. Katherine Peters and the entire Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Medical Center staff. At Duke… there is hope. Thank you to Sarasota Memorial, Fawcett Hospital and Tidewell Hopsice.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, October 15, 2014 at San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday 1:00 PM, October 16, 2014 at San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port. Committal services with police honors will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Scott’s memory may be made to North Port Police Explorers Post # 94, 4980 City Hall Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 34286.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port & Crematory Charlotte Chapel