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Accomplished Solana Beach deacon celebrates 100th birthday

Accomplished Solana Beach deacon celebrates 100th birthday

The man who helped found several North County agencies and programs for the needy decades ago has been able to see his work come to life and evolve. After all, reaching your 100th birthday would allow such opportunities.

Deacon Al Graff Courtesy

Deacon Al Graff, of St. James and St. Leo Catholic Community in Solana Beach, celebrated his centenarian birthday Jan. 23 with 250 guests from the church and the organizations he was instrumental in.

Since May 1983 — when he became an ordained deacon to serve the poor — Graff has been a board member or founding party of Esperanza International in Tijuana, San Diego County's Community Housing Works, St. James and St. Leo...

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