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The obituary notice of Graham ELLIS

Holmfirth | Published in: Huddersfield Examiner.

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GrahamELLISOn 11th June 2024, peacefully, after a short illness bravely fought at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Graham aged 68 years of Holmfirth. The dearly loved husband of Christine and a very dear brother, brother in law and uncle and a good friend to all who knew him.

Funeral service at Grenoside North Chapel on Thursday 4th July at 11.00am. Family flowers only please. Donations if wished may be given for Parkinson's UK c/o Radcliffe Funeral Service, 16 Westgate, Honley, Holmfirth, HD9 6AA or online at - obituaries. A donation box will be available at the service. Will friends please accept this intimation and meet at the Crematorium. Bright clothing may be worn if wished.
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Thank you from
Parkinson's (Parkinson's Disease Society Of The United Kingdom)
For all the donations given
Condolences to Christine and family on the sad loss of Graham, our thoughts are with you.

A cousin taken far too early.

Kathryn and Susan
Donation left by Susan Ellis
A cousin, a friend, and a fine man taken way too early.
Will miss ya lad! X
Donation left by Beverley Bradley
Our heartfelt condolences to Christine on the sad loss of Graham, who fought so bravely and courageously to his sad end.
He will be greatly missed.

Julie, Nick and family.
Donation left by Julie Bottomley
"This Power that wrought on us and goes
Back to the Power again"

The above mysterious couplet sprang to mind as soon as I heard the sad news that Graham had succumbed to Parkinson's disease.

I only knew Graham Ellis as a (very gifted and tenacious) runner. Graham's consistently hard training schedules transformed him from a promising "Youth" runner (aged 17) into a very formidable Senior. Graham was one of those rare people who managed to combine full-time work with running at the highest level. Graham was a very accomplished road, track (10,000 metres) and cross country runner. As soon as he became a Senior Graham's potential was quickly recognised by the England selectors.

Despite all his successes as a Senior,I always felt that Graham's finest hour as a runner was his victory in the Inter-Counties Junior Cross Country in 1975,at Leicester. While "limbering up" beforhand with Graham I asked him where he thought he might finish - "first five" I enquired, tentatively? Graham gave me a searching stare as I response. I knew then that he thought he could win. With great determination Graham ran a perfectly judged race to win the Junior (19 & 20 year olds) Inter-Counties - an honour that very few runners achieve.

Though apparently shy, Graham had an engaging personality, he was kind and considerate. He was also modest and very reluctant to talk about his own achievements.

Graham was very hard working- as evidenced by his major contribution to the encyclopaedic record of the history of Holmfirth Harriers "See How They Run" which he co-authored.I shall treasure my copy - signed by all three of the writers -all the more,now.

Le vent souffle aux carreaux,

Dans le bruit de la pluie

Tu entends un echo

Une chanson perdue

Qui te vient d'un pays

Que tu ne reverras jamais plus.

When I read these lilting and melancholy words I can imagine, in my mind's eye a youthful Graham Ellis running powerfully into the twilight .............
James Todd
Donation left by Seth and Josie Birch
With fondest memories of Graham.
Send much love and sympathy to Christine and family. xxx
Jeanette Taylor and family
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Jeanette Taylor and family
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