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General News · 3rd July 2022
Tamara
Graeme Bousada (August 11, 1989-June 27, 2022)
(written by Farhad, Rose's brother in law)

On the day our Graeme died, his garden blossomed with berries and pink poppies. Our world broke open.

He died suddenly while doing repairs to his home in Victoria. Among those who mourn him are his wife Rose Prieto, his son Ira, his brothers Ben and Jonas, and his parents Margot and Bill Bousada.

Since then, his one-year-old son Ira has eaten his weight in snap peas and raspberries—the love of his father continues to nourish and sustain him through the unbelievable loss we all feel. Ira, in turn, has been comforting the family with the same nurturing empathy and joy as his father.

Graeme’s reach in this community is like wildflower seeds airborne on a strong wind: blueprints for a daily becoming, radical and sweeping, earnest and curious like his beautiful hazel eyes. He was a lifelong learner and we all admired him. Each memory has become a gift: a beautiful childhood in Ottawa, the years of budding curiosity at Pearson, learning alongside the Cortes farming community, Salish sea adventures and activism, epic sweaty concerts and all-night jams, cocreating a small business with his wife, his spirited creativity and generosity with food, the sacred experience of becoming a father, and so much more. Graeme was authentically and unapologetically himself.

As we navigate this tragedy, we embrace the depth and breadth of this loss together in community.

The seasons to come will bring new grief, but new inspiration, too. The poppies will drop their petals. The raspberries will sigh asleep. But the soil will be forever changed, just as we all are changed by the ingenuity, artistry, and humour of Graeme’s unique spark.

The celebration of life will take place on Friday, July 8th, 2022. Please come if you knew Graeme and contact the friends and family for the location.