Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

321 South Main Street, New City, NY


John Arthur Griffin

March 28, 1980June 27, 2020

John Arthur Griffin, of West Nyack NY, 40 years old, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2020. John was a lifelong resident of Rockland County. He was born on March 28, 1980 to Gail and John T. Griffin. He attended St. Augustine’s Elementary School. He graduated from Albertus Magnus High school and married the love of his life and soul mate, Sheryl, in 2007. John was an entrepreneur. He took great pride in building his business and serving his community. He built genuine friendships with his customers. He enjoyed vacationed with his entire family and playing cards with his great grandmother. He was a Giants fan but his greatest joys came from his family. He is survived by his Grandmother Mary Griffin, his parents John and Gail, wife Sheryl, his son John Alan and daughter Leanne Marie. His sister Debra Edelman her husband Eric, their children Jena, Justin and Sean. His sister Jena Kelly her husband Christopher and their daughter Abigail. He was loved by his in laws Alan J. and Marsha Levy. He was also adored by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

John’s positive energy was contagious and everyone felt special in his presence. He was well known for his outrageous sense of humor and dance moves. He seemed to have inside jokes with everyone he knew. Wherever he went, he became the life of the party. John was the kind of person who would help anyone in need with a smile.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday July 1 from 2-7 pm at Higgins Funeral Home in New City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday July 2, 9:45am, at St. Augustine Church, New City, followed by interment at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


John Arthur Griffin

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max tapper

July 8, 2020

I met John when i first moved up to New City from Brooklyn back in 89 or 90. He was a few years younger than me but he was a super cool kid and always generous. Me, John, Jay, and Chris were outside everyday skateboarding and building ramps and crazy stuff like that. I mean all summer! We had a great time back them.
Two memories that always stick out:
I always remember when Mr Gryphon would do the new blacktop in the driveway and we would do skids on it with our skateboards because it was so slippery! We mastered the art of falling, lol .... So many Great memories!
I also always remember little John with some dried ice cream on the side of his mouth after he came out from lunch. We were outside all day getting dirty Man...
That was an awesome block and really great people. John a was great guy... He will be missed

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Gryphon for always being so cool and inviting, and to Debbie and Jenna for being great friends during those years.
My condolences and prayers go out to the whole Gryphon Family .
Ill always remember the old Block!

Rest in peace my brother John.

James and Donna Dmarau

July 3, 2020

Dear Sheryl, Gail, John, Deb and Jenna;

We are terribly shocked to hear of the death of Johnny (as I knew him). I am never good at these times as I hate to hear of a life lost especially when it comes time to close a family member. I think back over John's life and can remember from the early days of his life, when Gail, John and the family, came to Connecticut every Christmas morning. It was a happy occasion to see the entire family but more important for John and I to see what we got from Santa!

Later in life we met on occasions such as the John and Sheryl' s wedding which seems like it was last year. I still have a video file which captures some of the moments of that day and see them every day. Other opportunities were at Gail and John's house in New City for a family barbecue and to see the growing family.

From a small boy to a grown man, John was great at whatever he did. He always had a great smile and enjoyed life to its fullest. We will all miss him but know that he is with God shinning down on the whole family.

May John rest in peace.

Jim and Donna

Ferdinand Flick

July 1, 2020

Dear John and Gail and family.
May God console you at this difficult time and keep you close.
No one can fathom how this could happen - especially to someone as vibrant and good as your son, Johnny. And we can only imagine
how devastated you are right now, trying to make sense of it all,
Our hearts go out to you. and to his wife and children , and to friends who are missing him so terribly right now. God bless!
Ferdie and Lorraine

Lorraine Weppler

July 1, 2020

You'll always be little Johnny to me. It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was playing with you on your parent's kitchen floor. I remember playing in the pool with you and your sisters and then
sitting in the hot tub.
I remember dancing at your wedding.
Rest in peace Little Johnny.
Love, Aunt Lorraine

Leo & Linda Caporale

July 1, 2020

John was a wonderful human being. He was kind and considerate. Every time he came to my home to service my unit he had a smile on his face. ALL that know him here in my development felt the same way. May he Rest In Peace and may his family find comfort that he is with the Lord. God Bless them all.

Teresa Murphy

June 29, 2020

My heart goes out to Sheryl and her beautiful children. Sheryl is one of the kindest, most loving, devoted teachers and mothers that I know. She would do anything for anyone, and loves her husband with all of her heart. I am so sorry for this tragic loss and pray that you and your family will find strength, love and some sort of peace knowing that you have a forever Angel and guardian looking over YOU. I am here for you and your children, Sheryl, if you need anything at all...
With love and sincerity,
Teresa, Sanibel, Hudson, & Rocco