M.J. Smith Sons

255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY


Pauline Griffin

July 5, 1947August 11, 2020

Pauline Margaret GRIFFIN, age 73, of Brooklyn, New York passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Pauline was born July 5, 1947.

A visitation for Pauline will be held Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at M.J. Smith Sons, 255 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215. A visitation will occur Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 255 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215. A funeral mass will occur Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Holy Name Church, 245 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. An interment will occur Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:15 PM at St Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mjsmithsonsfuneralhome.com for the GRIFFIN family.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 16, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, August 17, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, August 17, 2020


Pauline Griffin

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Betty Hoare

August 18, 2020

Just wanted to add this photo of Paula with my mum and four footed friend

Betty Hoare

August 18, 2020

Dearest Paula, You were such a unique and gifted person in so many ways. The wonderful tribute by your lifelong friend Marie at your funeral mass served to remind us all so poignantly of those qualities and of your many accomplishments and achievements. I am sure you were looking down on us all in the company of your beloved mum and dad and of course Auntie Molly and that your heavenly heart swelled with pride as Neil spoke so eloquently and movingly of what you had meant in his life. You will be missed so much by us all. Much love Betty, Jerry and all in Glencar.

Marian Wilkes

August 16, 2020

Dear Paula, you are my unique cousin - you always were, and you always will be, one of a kind. Part Elven, part Star Commando, but entirely Irish. We have lost such a genuine, kind, intelligent and generous person. It's been many years since I visited New York and marvelled at your organisation of your beautiful outfits in your closet and, yes I too remember the exquisite collection of doll house furniture! You have left in your written works a legacy to SciFi and fantasy fans and to cat lovers alike (love of cats being a passion we both shared). You will be remembered by so many people. It comforts me to know that you are now safe with your beloved Mom and Dad and all the Griffins and Murphys who have gone before you. Good night God bless dearest Paula and rest in peace. Much love from Marian, John, Tim & Chris x

Annette Murphy Huggard

August 16, 2020

RIP to a beautiful kind hearted lady 🙏❤️

Jeannie Gellatly

August 16, 2020

My dearest cousin Paula. How I loved my visits to New York and meeting you, Neil and your Mum and Dad. My first impression of you never changed. You always looked immaculate and within that perfectly turned out person there was such intelligence, wit, compassion and kindness. I remember seeing the sights with you, going to restaurants, visiting Coney Island and marvelling at the ideas you were forming for your writing. It was no surprise to me you became a successful author. I cherish all the correspondence we exchanged over the years. I hope to return to New York one day when the world is a less sad strange place than it is now and giving Neil the hug that I cannot give him now. But oh, how I will miss not seeing you when I get there. Sending all my love and knowing you are resting in peace. Jeannie

Eileen O'Connor

August 16, 2020

You were a model for all of us Paula being always lovely, kind and gentle. I will miss you very much. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. May God Rest your Gentle Soul. Amen. With Love Eileen Xx

Valrie McKenzie

August 16, 2020

Memories of Pauline will live on through her creative work. She has fulfilled her purpose.
Rest in peace.

Anne Marie , John & Family Haugh

August 14, 2020

We have very fond memories of Paula's visits to Toronto to spend some time with her Aunt Betty & Uncle Mike Griffin and we are their extended family. We always admired Paula as a n author and her Irish roots that always seemed to show up in her books.

Neil, we are very sorry for your loss and hope that you keep some loving memories of your sister . Unfortunately, due to the virus, none of the family in Canada can attend her funeral but she will be remembered in our prayers. As always, Neil, hopefully there will be a time when you can visit the Griffin family again.

Our love John , Anne & Family

Angela Laucik

August 13, 2020

I am heartbroken over the loss on my dear friend Pauline. Such a beautiful and genuine person, as well as an amazing and talented author. A truly gifted person whose loss cannot be put into words. We shared a lot during our years working together at McGraw-Hill. She was my maid of honor and confidant. So many memories that I will cherish always. My condolences to Neil and the Griffin family and Pauline’s many friends. Rest In Peace and may perpetual light shine upon you.


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