Martin J. Griffin Sr.

June 21, 1935February 8, 2013
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Martin Joseph Griffin, Sr., 77, Major, U.S. Army Retired, of Cape Coral. FL passed away on February 8, 2013. He was born June 21, 1935 in Pittsburg, PA, the son of the late John A. Griffin and Catherine Quinn Griffin. He graduated from McKeesport High School, PA in 1953, he then enrolled in Gannon State College in Erie, PA where he graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and proudly served two tours in Korea and one in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal. After returning from Vietnam, he and his family moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he attended instructed R.O.T.C. at Henderson State University and completed his Masters Degree in 1974. Prior to retiring from the Army in 1979, he relocated to Cape Coral and taught at Cape Coral High School for 18 years, retiring in 1997 to enjoy his “Days in the Sun” Martin was an active member and Past Post Commander of the Harney Point V.F.W. Post 8463, a member of; the American Legion Post 90, Fraternal order of Eagles Aerie 3957, Elks Lodge 2596, all of Cape Coral. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Cecilia; son, Martin (Shirley) Griffin, Jr.; daughters, Loretta (Hank) Weil of Palm Bay, FL and Cecilia (Michael) Vivace of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Melissa, Christopher, Anthony and Samantha; three great grandchildren, John, Brenan and Addison; brother, Regis (Myra) Griffin of West Mifflin, PA; niece, Katherine Becker; nephew, Regis (Andrea) Griffin, Jr.; great nephew, Kyle; and great niece, Audra. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Thursday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, followed by Military Honors by the Honor Guard, V.F.W. Post 8463. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions, in Martin’s memory may be made to the VFW Honor Guard Post 8463, Cape Coral. Please visit to share in Martin’s Life Story and to leave thoughts and memories for his family.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 15, 2013

Martin J. Griffin Sr.

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tricia borrelli

February 22, 2013

i know how hard this has been and i just cant find the words to express how we all feel, our familys are without words at this loss, remember we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger Betts

February 19, 2013

Just heard about your loss. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Jan Smith

February 16, 2013

To the Griffin family:
Sorry for your loss he well not be forgotten. A very nice man.

Shirley & Suzanne Mulgannon

February 16, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Teresa&Keith Helsper

February 15, 2013

We were so sorry to hear about Marty. He was always so full of life and fun and will be missed. Waldo, Natto and Marty are probably sharing memories together now. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keith and Teresa Helsper

Ruth Varda & Judy Collins & family

February 15, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Marty. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with your family. May God bless you all with strength & peace.

February 14, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. Marty Sr. was a wonderful person, always there to help, whenever ask. Everyone that knew Marty along with those he touched,the children he taught and countless others will never forget this wonderful,soft spoken Gentleman
Kendall & Kathleen Turner (Cape Coral)

February 14, 2013

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Marty. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile & a joke to tell. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Gayle & Mike Russo

Kim Foster

February 14, 2013

Sorry for your loss, many thoughts and prayers are with you all as you move forward. Thinking of you always, Kim Foster

Bob & Karen Niemann

February 13, 2013

We didn't know Marty well, but what we did know was that he was a kind and generous man who had a very big heart. We liked him from the first time we met and he surely will be missed. Our hearts go out to the family. Marty... here's one last hug for the big ole Teddy Bear. RIP