John Henry Giffin III
6 December , 1955 – 17 May , 2019
John H Giffin III (Jay) (Dad) (Jaybird) (PopPop) age 63 passed away at his home in Nelson, NH on May 17,2019 with peace and dignity after a courageous 8-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded in the loving arm of his family. Jay’s family meant more to him than anything else.
He was born on December 6,1955 in Manchester, NH. The eldest son to John H. Giffin JR and Prudence Smith Giffin. He attended Smith Road Elementary School in Manchester, NH, High school years attended Northfield Mount Herman graduating in 1975. Jay continued his studies at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and at Keene State College.
After college, Jay began a 30+ year career in painting, Carpentry and restoration work. Through those years of work, Jay built partnerships and great friendships that will forever continue on.
In 1978 Jay met Sienna Merrifield Giffin in Harrisville, NH. They married in 1990. Hands and hearts, they grew a 40-year life together. Piece by piece building the home of their dreams on the family hill in Nelson, NH that meant so much to them. In 1991 Jay aided in the home delivery of his first beautiful daughter Abby. Then in 1993 he again aided in the home delivery of his precious son Henry. His love for them was immeasurable.
Jay loved music, sports of all types He was an outstanding tennis player, loved skiing, fantastic cook, He loved naps in the sunshine, being snowbound on the hill with Sienna and the dogs, Jay loved and understood animals even the geese. Family trips to Hermit Island Me. He was fascinated with Archology, The Giffin/Sheldon family history. He was well versed in politics often comparing notes with his sister Jane. Jay searched and found peace and happiness in life. He was wise, honest and thoughtful and wanted to do the right thing.
Jaybird will forever be loved and deeply missed. His love will remain in the hearts of his wife, children and Grandbabies forever. Jay is survived by his wife Sienna Merrifield Giffin Nelson, NH. Daughter: Abby Fiina Giffin and fiancé Matt Velez Marlborough, NH Son: John H Giffin IV (Henry)and his wife Kailah Lake Giffin Their three babies Karson, Charlotte and Cynthia (Bugbite) Stoddard, NH. Sister: Jane S Giffin Pittsford VT. Aunt: Deborah G Rogers and daughter Melissa Rogers Keene, NH.
A Graveside service will be held on June 22,2019 at 11 am at the Village Cemetery in Nelson followed by a Celebration of Jays life at 336 Tolman Pond Rd, Nelson, NH. All are welcome to both.
- Graveside Service Saturday, 22 June , 2019
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