Tributes flow for business ‘goliath’

SADLY MISSED: Former Wagga businessman Graham Rava in the 1980s.
Nanjing Night Net

TRIBUTES are flowing for prominent Wagga businessman Graham Rava, who passed away last week.

Mr Rava headed up M Rava and Co for nearly two decades, an electrical and furniture retailer on the corner of Tompson and Baylis streets.

He died on September 2 after a brief illness, surrounded by family.

Born in Ganmain, Mr Rava moved to Wagga as a small child in 1934 when M Rava and Co, established by his father Michael, moved to the city.

He worked in the family business and took over in 1966 after Michael suffered a stroke.

The incursion of national retailers into Wagga forced the business to close in 1982, and the Ravas sold the prime CBD block.

Mr Rava remained a passionate advocate for Wagga during his retirement, contributing through Apex and Rotary.

He was also a keen golfer and an avid horseracing fan.

He is survived by his wife Norma,five of his six children and five grandchildren.

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