OBITUARY

Alfred Francis Griffin

July 30, 1934April 27, 2019

Alfred Francis Griffin

Alfred Francis Griffin of Southport, North Carolina passed away suddenly on Saturday April 27. He was 84 years old.

Al was born in Oyster Bay, New York, the son of Alfred Ludlam Griffin and Helena Walsh. At age four, his father died, leaving Helena to care for Al and his younger sister Phyliss. Following the death of his mother in his late teens, Al eventually enlisted in the army and was stationed at a base near Frankfurt, Germany, where he served for a time alongside the King, Elvis Presley. After his discharge from the army, Al enrolled at the State University of New York at Farmingdale and later embarked on a career in the graphic art field in New York City.

During his time in Germany, Al maintained a close correspondence with Eileen Carroll, an elementary school teacher who resided in East Norwich, one town over from his childhood home in Oyster Bay. They married after his return to the states, settling in the sleepy Long Island community of Syosset, New York, and raising four sons. An avid sports fan, Al generously devoted his time to coaching Little League baseball, basketball, and soccer. After beating a struggle with alcohol dependence in 1979, he remained a regular attendee at meetings of the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, which provided a foundation of friendship and support throughout his life.

A love of the ocean and beaches—a treasured memory was a trip to Maui, Hawaii with Eileen to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary—led Al to settle in Southport, North Carolina upon retirement. After Eileen’s untimely death in 2011, he chose to remain in Southport to be close to his beloved ocean. Never one to sit still at home long (and no fan of golf), he kept himself busy with part-time jobs, movie-going, and volunteering at a local hospice, where his friendly, outgoing personality proved a considerable asset.

Al is survived by four sons and six grandchildren: Sean (Nicole) and their daughter, Juliette; Al and his daughters Rae and Mia; Chris and his son Zoye; and Kevin (Lee Anne) and their sons AJ and Ryan.

Al was preceded in death by his sister Phyliss Niece.

Private services will be held by the family at a future date on Long Island, NY.

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Roger O'Malley

May 19, 2019

Just read Al passed April 27. Spoke to him for more than an hour six months ago. I'm saddened he's gone having known Al for 42 years. My condolences to his sons. Al was a good, good man and is in my prayers.

Peter Pfarrer

May 5, 2019

I grew up with Al’s sons, Sean and Al, whose lifelong friendships have meant the world to me. Al Sr. was always kind to me, despite my being a real pain in the neck around our neighborhood. Later in life, I was happy to learn of his long years of recovery, and of how his closeness with Al and Sean was such a gift to both of them. He had a gruff sweetness to him, and he treated everyone with a kind of down to earth respect. Rest in peace, Al.

Norma Edralin

May 2, 2019

Al was very close to my heart. I met him two years ago at one of the hardest times of my life. He was so kind to me and when he found out I lived in Hawaii for years we really became close. My husband is native hawaiian and we have family in Maui so he shared his anniversary story with me. I will miss him very much and his Maui liscense plate. He use to walk up to me give me a kiss and tell me my smile always made his day. My condolences to the family I love you and will miss you Al.

Norma

Cassandra Hartmann

May 1, 2019

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Uncle Al. He always had a colorful story to tell, and I enjoyed our conversations. Reading this obituary really reminded me of the struggles and triumphs his life had. Sympathies to Sean, Al, Chris and Kevin as well as their families.
Love,
Cassie

MARILYN MARTENS

April 30, 2019

Al became a dear friend. As I was also from Long Island and later moved to St. James, Al and I would share stories of our beloved L.I. Al gifted me with a Montauk baseball cap last year as he knew that was a special place for me tool. We shared a Thanksgiving together along with my husband and a few close friends. Ever the gentleman he arrived with treats to share. I will miss him very much. I know he is in heaven with his dear Eileen.
I am extending my sincere sympathy to Al’s sons. He spoke so highly of his family. May Al Rest In Peace and be in God’s loving arms.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY