Obituary: Bill Graham

William Irvine (Bill) Graham of Graham, Golding and Associates passed away in December 2018. As a special tribute to this stalwart, Vector invited industry members to share their messages of thanks and condolences.

Bill Graham

Bill started work as a specialist consultant to panel builders, end-users and specifiers with regard to low-voltage switchgear assemblies in 2001. Virtually all local manufacturers have made use of his service to facilitate their testing at the SABS National Electrical Testing Facility (NETFA) laboratories. Bill advised and assisted large and small organisations and companies towards a better understanding of the standards and their application.

He has served on a number of technical committees and work groups of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for many years and was the convenor of the SANS 1973 work group and a member of the IEC mirror committees.

Bill was the driving force behind the continuation on the Assembly Assessors course initiated by the SABS to establish an enhanced level of knowledge around the application of relevant SANS and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. He also worked very closely with the technical committee of the Electrical Switchgear Association of South Africa (ESASA) to produce its low-voltage switchgear design guide.

In a 2017 initiative spearheaded by EE Publishers and JB Switchgear Solutions, an amount of R17 753 was collected from 26 donor companies and individuals and presented to Bill as a token of appreciation of his contributions to the industry.

ABB South Africa

Bill was a massive support to our industry, he will be sorely missed. All our best to his family.

DENWA Engineering

It is with great sadness that we heard of Bill’s passing. All at DENWA Engineering will always remember him for the unselfish and professional manner in which he conducted business. His assistance with technical issues and testing procedures ensured that DENWA and numerous other local manufacturers of electrical switchgear achieved certification to international standards.

Thank you Bill. We will all miss you but will not forget you.

Thank you also for the continued advice and technical support which you offered to the Electrical Switchgear Association of South Africa (ESASA). It will not be forgotten. May your family and loved ones find peace at this time.


Bill Graham’s contribution to and passion for the development of the South African switchgear industry will be profoundly missed. His proficiency and willingness to share his knowledge were remarkable, and will be forever remembered.

JB Switchgear

Bill will be remembered for his dedication to the local panel building industry. He worked tirelessly to uplift manufacturing in this country and to meet global standards.

K&S Electrical Automation

Bill was not only our friend but a true professional in his field. His wealth of knowledge, sound advice and willingness always to take our calls and assist us are going to leave a large void in our company. Thank you Bill for sharing your expertise with us over the last 20 years. We, together with our industry, will never forget you.

Low Voltage Switchboards (LVS)

LVS conveys our condolence to the family and friends of Bill Graham. He will be long remembered for his contribution in the electrical engineering field.

Motor Control and Automation (MCA)

We have lost a great stalwart of the electrical industry. Bill will be remembered for his timeous contributions to uplifting the technical standards in South Africa. His willingness to assist and advise will be missed.

Panel Technique

An industry doyen, master engineer, humble person, always prepared to help with his vast knowledge in a number of fields, but above all, a true gentleman! This industry is going to miss you, Bill, rest in peace.


Bill was a colleague for over 30 years in various technical committees. He was an absolute gentleman with huge respect and knowledge – rest in peace, my learned colleague.


It is painful to say good bye to someone who has contributed to your career development with passion. Bill was one of the developmental leaders and was always looking for opportunities to transfer skills to the younger generation. He will be remembered for the sterling job he has done within the testing environment and standardisation. His legacy will always remain with us.

Shaw Controls

Bill will be fondly remembered as a friend, gentleman and business partner who had the highest standards of professionalism that anyone could aspire to. The wealth of knowledge that Bill possessed was always openly shared with anyone who showed an interest.


Our deepest condolences. Bill was a pillar of strength in our industry and the intense knowledge and support he has provided will be missed. Indeed, the knowledge and expertise he shared with the industry will be hard to replace and we will always be reminded of the engineering advice he shared and the professionalism he showed our members. Rest in Peace.

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