Earlier today I was informed that Ralph Graves, a good acquaintance and renown Catskill fly tier of almost 'legendary' status, had passed away. Those who knew Ralphie, and had the opportunity to watch him tie, knew what a unique individual he was. Watching him tie, you always learned something and had a good laugh. Often it was at his own expense.


Here is the short info:
"Ralph S. Graves of Roscoe, NY, a retired building maintenance mechanic for AT&T in Queens, NY, and a long time area resident, died Saturday July 5, 2014 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. He was 74.The son of the late Herbert Spencer and Muriel Hart Graves, he was born February 19, 1940 in Abington, PA.Ralph served Our Country in the US Navy; he designed the American Flag Tye ?Old Glory Fly? and presented it to President Jimmy Carter. He was a member of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center.Survivors include his devoted wife, Theresa M. Graves, at home; brother-in-law, Adolph Pantore and his wife Olga and family; sisters-in-law, Carole Edwards and her husband Edwin and family; Donna Bowers and family; MaryAnn Pantore and family; Carmela Langlois and family; and a special thank you to his beloved friends, Bob, Ken, Michele and Jim and all his good friends from the fly fishing community. - See more at: http://harris-fh.com/tribute/details/275/Ralph_S_Graves/obituary.html#tribute-start"