Daniel Lee "Dan" Griffin

August 13, 1971October 30, 2018
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Daniel Lee Griffin (Dan), 47, of Matthews, left his family suddenly on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. He was born August 13, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Floyd Ellis Griffin, Jr. and Ruth Lane Griffin Turton.

Dan grew up in Charlotte and was a graduate of Olympic High School and attended Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University.

Dan spent his entire career in the plumbing distribution industry. He was the warehouse manager for RepSouth, Inc., due to celebrate his 25th anniversary this month. They were family to him.

Dan is survived by his mother, Ruth Turton; his partner of 14 years, Tracy Rybicki; his children, Maya Rybicki-Griffin and Chase Rybicki-Griffin; his sister, Angela Griffin Hester; brother-in-law, Jeff Hester; his Rybicki family - Donna, Christopher, and Cayden; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Floyd Ellis Griffin, Claudia Griffin, Crawford Lane, and Bernice Lane; and his stepfather, Andy Turton.

Dan was a devoted father, partner, son, brother and friend. He had a tight circle of friends whom he had known most of his life. He was an avid sports fan and deeply loyal to his Duke Blue Devils and Dallas Cowboys. Dan loved animals and even named his yellow lab, Dallas. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word. He and his loving personality will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5th, 2018, at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, NC. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an established donation fund for Dan’s children. Checks can be made to The Children of Dan Griffin Benefit Fund and can be deposited at any Wells Fargo Bank location or mailed to 125 West Tremont Avenue, #402, Charlotte, NC 28203. Nothing meant more to Dan than his children.


  • Ruth Turton, Mother
  • Tracy Rybicki, Partner
  • Maya Rybicki-Griffin, Daughter
  • Chase Rybicki-Griffin, Son
  • Angela Griffin Hester (Jeff), Sister
  • Dan also leaves his Rybicki Family - Donna, Christopher, and Cayden; and many aunts, uncles and cousins to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 5, 2018

Daniel Lee "Dan" Griffin

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Robert C. Parks, Jr.

November 5, 2018

Although we had not seen each other in years, hearing that you had moved on from this earth really makes one pause. My condolences go out to the your family. Rest easy Brotha.

Christa Stokes

November 5, 2018

Ruth and Angela,
We are so sad to hear of Danny's passing. Our hearts ache for you and your family.
We are praying for comfort and peace.

~The Stokes
Chris, Christa, McKenna & Coleman

Tonya Pinto

November 4, 2018

My heart aches for all of you as I know the pain you are in all too well. I often saw Dan around town at various events and outings with his children. It was very apparent that he was an extremely dedicated father. Maya and Chase will miss him deeply as my children miss Rick. Hold onto the memories and his legacy will carry on through them. Please feel free to reach out to me. My prayers are with you.

Tonya, Sophia, Gabrielle and Alina Pinto

Michael Lane

November 4, 2018

When we moved to Steele Creek I found a wonderful group of friends to grow up with, and you were one of the best. I have so many great memories with you, and you will never be forgotten. All of my families thoughts and prayers go out to yours. See you on the other side my friend.

Tim Moore

November 4, 2018

Ruth, Angela, Tracy and all of Dan’s family,

My deepest sympathies and condolences during this most difficult time. I am shocked and saddened by Dan’s passing. I’ll always cherish the memories of the good times we had growing up, our golf outings and watching him play soccer with my brother and their many friends. He always had a kind demeanor, was fun to be around and shared a friendly smile which touched many folks along the way. He will be greatly missed! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Tim Moore

Bob Freeman

November 4, 2018

Ruth, Tracy and all of Danny's family :
I cannot imagine your grief and sorrow at this time. To lose a child at any age or to lose a partner at his age seems unimaginable to me. My heartfelt condolences to all of you at this time. You all are in my heart and prayers.

Donyce Lawless

November 4, 2018

Ruth and family. Myself, Janice ,Jeff and John want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember the days when they were all so young. My heart breaks for you I have been there in the loss of a child.
Love to all, Donyce and family.

Sheila Cuthbertson

November 3, 2018

Angela, my sincere heartfelt condolences. We all grew up together in Tara gate Farms. I remember Danny used to tell on us all the time. We would chase him around the house. I know we haven't seen each other in 30 years or better. I wished we all could have stayed in touch. I talked to Danny several times over Facebook. I know you will miss him. Sending prayers your way. Hope you will find peace and comfort.

Rossana Martin

November 3, 2018

Dear Tracy and family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. We will all miss Dan. May he Rest In Peace.

The Martin family

Sally Pickard

November 2, 2018

Dan, we will miss your smiling face. You were an amazing father. We promise to look out for Chase and make sure he has an extra shoulder and goes to sky high regularly. Our love and condolences to all the family. So sorry I can’t be there on Monday.
The Pickard Family.