Alexander James McGraw, age 17, of Hamden, passed away on August 31, 2013, from injuries he received in an automobile accident. Born in New Haven on December 19, 1995, Alex is the son of William E. McGraw Jr & Deborah Hoyt McGraw of Hamden. He is also survived by his brother, Michael Christopher McGraw and niece Kylie Palumbo both of Hamden; his maternal grandparents, Arthur & Evelyn Kilroy Hoyt of Milford; aunts, Cathy Russell of Vernon & Meredith Stowe & her husband Arthur of Milford; uncle, Kenneth Hoyt & his wife Christine of Milford and his girlfriend Ashley Gaudio of North Haven. Alex was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, William E. McGraw, Sr and Elaine Anderson McGraw Gagner. A Hamden High School Senior, he was a young man that was everyone's friend; he loved to write music and enjoyed cooking and travel. He was so recently pleased having traveled to Ireland, Wales, England and France on a People to People Student Ambassador Program. Alex was also a member of DeMolay, a Masonic Youth Organization. Friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Thursday, Sept. 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and may attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10:00 AM in St. Stephen's Church, 400 Ridge Road, Hamden. Interment will follow in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden. Contribution in Alex's memory may be made to People to People Ambassador Programs, Dwight D. Eisenhower Building, 1956 Ambassador Way, Spokane, WA 99224-4002.

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  1. Bill and Debbie, Pat and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot convey the sorrow we feel for you. Love always, Stacy

  2. Bill and family, I am so very sorry about the tragic loss of your son, Alex. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort in the wonderful words other are sharing, and in the memories that you have. My sincerest, heartfelt sympathies.

  3. Bill, Debbie and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories of Alex comfort you during this very difficult time.

  4. Bill.. My heart is saddened for the loss you and your family have suffered. I will always remember Alex as the adorable little boy at Ridge Hill School who always knew how to make others smile. I hope you will find strength from one another, and from your family and friends as well.

  5. Dear Bill and Family I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. My heart and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May you find peace in your memories and faith in God. Heaven has another angel. God Bless

  6. Dear Bill and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these trying times. Bill, you have been such a great inspiration and an excellent supervisor when I worked for you over at Ridge Hill some years ago. If your son was anything like you, he must have been a wonderful person! May your precious memories together carry you during these difficult times and bring you some peace. No parent should have to lose a child. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Dear Debbie and Bill – I was so saddened to read of Alex’s passing. His beautiful sweet face as a first and second grader is etched in my memory. What a good time Trent had with him. My heart is with you both and your family. I have travelled this road of grief as you know. My love and support and prayers are with you on this journey. Much love Laura

  8. Dear Debbie and Family : Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You are not alone, God bless you all.

  9. Dear Debbie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss of your son. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. May you find comfort and peace in your memories and strength in the days ahead.

  10. Dear Debbie and Family, I’m so sorry. Please know I’m thinking of you and wish you peaceful thoughts during this difficult time.

  11. Dear Debbie and family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved son Alex. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Margit Kaye

  12. Dear Debbie and Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for you loss. I am so deeply sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Christine McCarthy, Chief Conservator, Yale University Library

  13. Dear Debbie and Family, We are truly sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time! Cary and Paula Scapillato

  14. Dear Debbie and family: I am so sorry for your loss. As an Irish bard once wrote, Ar dheas De go raibh a anam, May his soul be on God’s right hand.

  15. Debbie & Bill, Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Alex. It is never easy to loose a child, but please know our thoughts as well as our prayers are with you. Ted and Margie , Randi’s parents

  16. Debbie & Family: Our hearts go out to you over the loss of dear Alex. .Those we love don’t go away, They walk with us every day..

  17. Debbie & Ken, my heart is heavy for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  18. Debbie and family, our sincere sympathy on the loss of your son. He fought so hard may he now rest in peace and peace find it’s way to you.

  19. Debbie, Bill and the McGraw and the Hoyt families…. you are so very much in the hearts and prayers of the Quinlan family. Please know that we are thinking of you all.

  20. Debbie, Bill, Michael and Kylie- Our sincere sympathies. Please know that we hold you and Alex in our hearts. May God comfort you and strengthen you. You have a special angel watching you all the time. You know we are always here for you. With our Love,

  21. Debbie, Bill, Michael and Kylie, Alex affected so many in his sweet, quiet way. He will be missed and his memory will be cherished.

  22. Debbie, my heart aches for you and your family. I can’t begin to imagine the depth of your sorrow at the loss of such a good, bright, beautiful spirit, but I will pray that comfort finds you and your family.

  23. Mr. & Mrs. McGraw, I am a Friend of Michael’s and have sons Alex’s age. my sincerest sympathies. i am heartbroken over your families loss.. love & respect Frankie Furnace

  24. Mr. McGraw .Bill., and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your son always had a kind word to say.

  25. My sincere condolences to the McGraw Family. Losing a family member so close is very hard. My prayers are with all of you. God needed a new Angel.

  26. Our hearts go out to you. This tragedy goes against every hope and expectation for our children to live a full and promising life. May you take comfort in the character Alex displayed as well as the many happy memories and experiences shared with you. You have our sincere sympathy. May God watch over you and give you help and strength to go on.

  27. To The McGraw Family, I had the distinct Honor of working with your son in the pursuit of my Career in Education. Mr. Leone spoke fondly of him and having him in that class made things just a little bit easier as he was always willing to engage in fruitful conversations about ancient History, archaeology and current events. May your warm memories of him continue to be a source of comfort in this difficult time and may those same memories be the light that guides you from Darkness.

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