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Rest in Peace: Robert Graham, Everyone's Best Friend at Fairway

"Robert was a total mensch, a smiling, gentle presence in a store that often resembles a food shopper's battlefield."

Fairway (by Slice)I was checking out of the express line at Fairway when I saw a a poster with a big photo of Robert Graham, one of the managers at Fairway and the general manager I could always count on in times of need or desperation. I read the copy on the poster in disbelief. It was an in-store eulogy. Robert had passed away suddenly last week. I started to tear up. Robert was a total mensch, a smiling, gentle presence in a store that often resembles a food shopper's battlefield.

I started looking for someone who could explain what happened. I spotted Mitchel London standing outside the store. "What happened to Robert?" I practically screamed. Mitchel explained that Robert had died a week ago Saturday. He had been attending a birthday party for his father with his wife and daughter when he suffered an asthma attack. Usually Robert brought his inhaler everywhere, but somehow, tragically, he had forgotten to bring it to the party.

Anyone who has ever shopped at Fairway will miss his calming presence and the ever-present twinkle in his eye. You will be sorely missed, Robert, but never forgotten.

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