Grafton Solomon from Fort Yukon left us earlier than expected, headed to his heavenly home. Grafton was a good, hard-working, always joking, friendly with most everyone son of Margaret Roberts and brother to Bentley, Mardow, Veronica, Phillip, Kevin, Georgianna (Engler) and Johnny; brother-in-law Robert Engler; a friend to those of the Yukon Flats, Old Crow and surrounding areas. Patricia and Grafton's sons, Vince and Wally, and nephews and nieces Isaac, Owen, Christopher, Julianna, Alyssa and Dawson, spent a lot of time with Grafton. Other nephews are Nathan (Bentley), Isaiah, Jordan (Phillip) and Johnny (Kevin). He also has a god-child, Collin Fields; uncles Stephen Frost, from Old Crow, Donald Peter and Stanley Jonas; aunt/cousin Teresa Frost and her husband, Harold; and many cousins and relatives - more than we can mention. Close friends are John (Sunny) Jonas, Everett Englishoe, Bruce Cosgrove, James Kelly, Grafton Jonas, David Englishoe, brother-in-law Richard Williams, and his very good friend, Fred Thomas, and family friend Terry Solomon. Grafton loved the children, taking his time to show hunting, trapping, fishing or other handiwork. He handed out candy to children and adults alike, sometimes throwing the candy to see the children scrambling for it, laughing and enjoying their "candy man." He knew the pasttimes of many people; it was amazing to hear him say the things other people would be doing at that time. Grafton was a help to many people; his motto was to see what needs to be done and do it; he proved that by being the Fort Yukon Volunteer of the Year twice, showing up at the beginning of potlatches and staying until it was over many times, then taking food to elders who couldn't attend. He was also recognized as Gwichyaa Zhee hunter of the year. One day, Grafton announced his marriage-to-be at Sucker River in a couple hours. People driving out wondered whether this could be true, asking family members who also didn't know. Grafton married Patricia, the mother of Vince and Wally. Grafton graduated from the police academy, working at Fort Yukon for a time. He also was a wildland firefighter, construction worker, hunter, trapper and fisherman. He provided food to his mom and others. Grafton had a heart for people, and it frustrated him to see suffering. Now he is in a place of no more suffering, no sorrow, no more pain. He has entered into the land his ancestors have gone, including his wife, Patricia; sister Diane, father Mardow, stepfather Sammy, many uncles and aunts, and his grandparents. The visitation for Grafton Solomon is at 1 p.m., with service at 2 p.m., Monday, April 17, at St. Stephen's Church in Fort Yukon. "007," when asked why that was his nickname, said, "It's a secret, top secret; I can't tell you." Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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