Clayton Joseph John Graf
August 17, 1995 – April 30, 2019
Clay Graf went to his final resting place unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30th at the age of 23.
Clay will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Joseph and Jan Graf; brothers Cole (Trista) Czerniak; Tyler (Stephanie) Czerniak and his nieces and nephews Miller, Tripp, Caiden, Walker, Evelyn, Sage, and Arlo Czerniak. Clay also leaves behind numerous beloved family members and friends.
Clay was predeceased by his grandparents, Richard and Dorothy Graf; John and Evelyn Oleksyn; and cousin David Romaniuk.
Clay was born in Saskatoon and raised in Lloydminster, Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan in June of 2018. Following his convocation, he became employed with the Canadian Light Source in the Electron Source Lab designing and modeling accelerators, while pursuing his Masters degree. Clay was preparing to present at the upcoming International Particle Accelerator Conference in Melbourne, Australia this May, to be followed by a six-month internship in France/Switzerland at CERN. As his professor Mark Boland commented: “You only had to open the door for Clay and he ran through”.
From a young age, Clay was a gifted singer and musician, eager to share his talent of music through performing and teaching. Clay spent several years as a DJ at many events and venues, but jamming and creating music alongside his close friends was always one of his favorite pastimes.
A celebration of Clay’s life will be held 11 A.M. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Circle Drive Alliance Church, 3035 Preston Ave S, Saskatoon.
In lieu of flowers, Clay’s family would appreciate donations to establish a Physics / Canadian Light Source Student award in Clay’s memory at the University of Saskatchewan. Donations can be made online at https://donate.usask.ca, by phone at (306) 966-2219 or by mail to University Relations, G15 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C9.
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