John "Jocko" Graham, III

September 12, 1974  -  April 12, 2017


Graham John "Jocko" III 42, of Jefferson Hills, passed away suddenly on April 12, 2017. Jocko is survived by his beloved Wife of 17 years, Jana Agostini Graham; Children Andrew, Annmarie, and Katherine; Mother, Patricia Callahan Graham; Sisters, Cary (Dale) Fletcher and Kristy (James) Merritt; Parents-in-law Lee and Janice Agostini; Brothers-in-law, Thomas Agostini and Daniel (Dawn) Agostini; Aunt, Sandy Holler; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John Graham, II. Jocko was the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. He was appointed by the Governor as a Member of the Aviation Advisory Committee of Pennsylvania, served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Jefferson Memorial Park, a Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, a Member of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Member of the National Business Aviation Association. He was also an advisor and agent for All Pittsburgh Real Estate LLC. As a young man, Jocko earned his Eagle Scout designation. He became a private pilot at the age of 16, and later achieved a commercial license, with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He was looking forward to starting his Certified Flight Instructor training. He volunteered as a Classroom Instructor with Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and as an assistant coach for many of his childrens' sports teams. Jocko has been an active member of the South Hills YMCA Y-Princess program since 2013 and held the position of Chief of the West Jefferson Hills Hopi tribe as "Chief Broad Wings" with his two princesses, Annmarie "Sparkling Wings" and Katie "Babbling Brook". Family and friends will be received on Monday 1-4 PM & 7-9 PM at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC, Pleasant Hills. The family has asked for every one to meet at church for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 PM at St. Thomas A' Becket Church, 139 Gill Hall Rd, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. Memorial contributions may be made to PIA Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 10897, Pittsburgh PA ( 

Visitation Visitation

Monday, April 17, 1-4 & 7-9 PM

301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, April 18, 1:30 PM

St. Thomas a Becket, 139 Gill Hall Rd, Clairton, PA 15025

Please meet at Church

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Patrick Danen

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 Posted Mon, 04/17/2017 - 7:30pm
COL (R) John Kovac

I pray for peace for the Graham family and the PIA family at large. Please accept my sincerest condolences during this difficult time for family and friends. (Former student and employee)

 Posted Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:26pm
Paul Lucas

My deepest sympathy to the Graham Family. Jocko was a member of the Boy Scout Troop
where I was a scout leader in Vero Beach , Florida. Jocko was a very good scout and young

 Posted Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:54am
Mandy Valdes

I had the privilege of knowing and going to school with Jocko in high school. Im shocked to learn of his sudden passing and as others have said, it has to be that there is a bigger plan for him! Please know my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will truly be missed.

 Posted Mon, 04/17/2017 - 7:06am
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 Posted Sat, 04/15/2017 - 12:30pm
Amanda Vargo

Our deepest sympathies to your family. ~Vargo Family (TJ Wrestling)

 Posted Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:51am
Ed Bronowicz

My deepest sympathies to all of the family. I had the privilege of working for Jocko. I have never met a more kinder man. No pretense, all sincerity. Just a genuinely good and decent man taken from this world all too soon. May God's Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. God Bless, Jocko.

 Posted Sat, 04/15/2017 - 9:33am
Jim Peacock

Jocko will be missed professionally and personally by all who knew him. My thoughts are with you.
Fellow Jefferson Memorial board member.

 Posted Sat, 04/15/2017 - 9:31am
Barry Marchman

I am so sorry for your loss Jana and family. Jocko was a great classmate and friend at Florida State. Praying that the Prince of Peace and the God of all Comfort will be close to you during this time of mourning.

 Posted Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:46pm
Kathy toole

So saddened... When I moved to Vero Beach, he was in my class and I have known him since 85'... we at St.Ed's were a close family and we will miss him... much love to his family... we are all heartbroken.

 Posted Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:15pm
Roger Boutin

Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Jocko's far too early passing. I went to graduate school at Florida State with Jocko and we became almost immediate friends. He always had a smile and positive attitude. He had a friendliness that was contagious; it was hard to be angry or bitter around Jocko. Our prayers go out to his sweet family.

 Posted Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:08pm
Ed Wallander

My deepest condolences to the Graham family and friends. I served with John on the board at Jefferson Memorial Park. He was an exceptional man of the highest integrity and was much too young to be taken from us. John spoke with passion and love about his family, friends and business associates. God MUST have a plan for him that I, frankly, don't understand. I will miss but not forget him. Rest in peace John "Jocko" Graham, and God bless you.

 Posted Fri, 04/14/2017 - 1:25am
Lori Ballogllog

Mr. Graham III "Jocko" was my boss during my career at PIA...a great leader who continued in the PIA stellar tradition that his father & grandfather began. Gone too soon.

 Posted Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:17am
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 Posted Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:37am
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 Posted Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:45am

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