Container Port Group president passes

Updated Nov 2, 2017

Russel A. Graef, president and long-time company veteran of ContainerPort Group, Inc., which is headquartered in Cleveland, died Thursday, Oct. 26. He was 70 years old.

Since CPGā€™s founding in 1971, Mr. Graef held executive positions in all divisions of the business, including terminal operations, sales, logistics, fleet safety, trucking, depot/CY and M&R operations.

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ā€œRuss was a true company man focused on ContainerPort Groupā€™s mission: To become intermodalā€™s best by achieving excellence in all we do,ā€ said Fred Hunger, CEO of World Shipping, CPGā€™s parent company, in a website post. ā€œHe was capable of operating lift machines, dispatching trucks, presenting to the Board of Directors and everything in between.

ā€œHaving been active in the industry for over 45 years, Russ has touched many lives, enjoyed countless friendships and made a lasting impact on many with his creativity and passion for solutions.ā€

Throughout his career, Mr. Graef was active in a number of industry associations.  He held leadership roles with the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and served on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Associationā€™s Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference (IMCC). He was also a founding board member of the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC).

According to a published obituary, Mr. Graef was, ā€œbeloved husband of Debra (nee Hayward); loving father of Jeff (Cory), Kristen Nawn (Jeff), and Tom; dear step-father of Halley Jhass (Jeremiah) and Blake Vanderheyden; devoted grandfather of Hunter, Julia, Emma, Madeleine, MacKenzie, Alex, Peter, Hugh, Kate and Jordan; brother of Nancy Lawrence (Dick); former spouse of Linda Graef. ā€

Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, Ohio, Thursday, Nov. 2 from 4-8 pm. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.