OBITUARY

Dr. Robert Michael Griffin

May 11, 1924November 13, 2013

Robert Michael Griffin, 89, of Merritt Island, FL and formerly of Norwich, NY, lost his courageous battle against cancer on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. As a devoted and highly respected father, husband, and physician, Bob lived in service of others, offering acts of kindness, humility, and love to those around him. Born on May 11, 1924 to Helena Mulligan Griffin and Michael Eugene Griffin, as the youngest of three children, Bob’s greatest joys included family, his faith, friendship, serving his community, and spending summers in Enfield, NH. In addition to his parents, his sisters, Mary Griffin Peters and Sister M. Aileen Griffin preceded him in death. He served his country as a WWII Naval Aviation Radio Operator in the Asia-Pacific. The suffering he observed inspired him to commit to a life of healing and peacemaking. After graduating from Muhlenberg College and Albany School of Medicine he served as a general family physician and later as an ophthalmologist in his hometown of Norwich, NY. In 1994 his fellow physicians at the Chenango Memorial Hospital honored him with the Distinguished Physician’s Award. In the 1960s Bob volunteered at a medical clinic in Afghanistan. After retiring he was involved in the St. Vincent DePaul ministry, respite care and visitation to the homebound. Bob married Norma Jean Monde Griffin in June 1953 and together they set an example of marriage and family for 34 years until her death in 1987. They had six children: Catherine Griffin; Patricia Griffin (Emily); Robert Griffin Jr. (Karen); Mark Griffin (Melissa); Anne Griffin (Joe Baio); and William Griffin (Laurie). He was blessed to find love a second time with Patricia Stark Griffin whom he married in July 1989, opening his heart to her children, John Stark (Mary), Lynn Reynolds (Bruce), and David Stark (Lois). Left to cherish his memory along with his children are grandchildren, Kelly Towart (Justin); Evan Griffin; Mike and Emma Griffin; Norma Jean and Rosemary Haynes; Robert Griffin; Patrick and Lucas Reynolds; brothers-in-law Harry and Arthur Monde; several beloved nieces and nephews, and one great aunt. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich, NY on Friday, November 22nd from 2 pm to 4pm, and again from 6 pm to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Saturday, November 23rd at 10 am, followed by burial at St Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St Paul’s Catholic Church in Norwich, NY; St Helena’s Catholic Church in Enfield, NH; or the St Vincent DePaul Society at Divine Mercy Church in Merritt Island, FL.

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Dr. Robert Michael Griffin

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Jim Flanagan

December 2, 2013

To the Griffin Family,

I am sorry to have to send my condolences using a computer but I was not able to attend the calling hours and I am not sure how to reach your family. Nevertheless, I want to tell you how much your father meant to me. He was a remarkable physician who always took great care of me and who took great interest in my well-being. Kind, gentle, understanding, patient, warm, sincere.... these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of your father. I think of him whenever I pass his office on East Main Street. He treated me (and I know he treated every patient) as if he or she would be the only person he would see that day. I always felt so safe under his care. I send all of you my condolences. Your parents were such good and decent people and I hope the knowledge that so many people loved your parents will help you at this difficult time. I will remember Dr. Griffin with great warmth for the rest of my life.

November 24, 2013

Dear Bob and all the Griffin family members,
I was so very sad to hear of the loss of your father. What an amazing man he was, and what great memories I have of growing up with you in Norwich. One can only dream of a much better world where people live and love like the Griffin family! There is no doubt in my mind that all of you will continue his legacy of compassion and caring. His light shines in you forever. God Bless You,
Ellen Curnalia Elliott

Jane Capria

November 23, 2013

Dear Cathy and all the Griffin Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember both your mom and dad fondly and time spent at your house on Main St. and Broad St. Your dad had a good life and I am sure he is at peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jane Capria Downey

Nick and Betty Andrews

November 21, 2013

A wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

November 21, 2013

Cathy
I am so sorry about the passing of your dad.....my prayers are with you all.
Donna

November 19, 2013

Dear Cathy,
Know that you and your family are in my prayers as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man.
Peace be with you.
Sandi Kerner+

Joan Phelps

November 19, 2013

Dear Cathy, Pat and Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was so Blessed to know Robert and I know he will be missed by all who knew him.

Bobby and Trish Pharr

November 18, 2013

Pat and family,
We are thinking of you and are here if you need anything.

November 15, 2013

Dear Pat~
We are thinking of you and your family at this time and happy to have sweet memories of Dr. Bob.
Pam & Rich DeKany

Pam & Rich DeKany

November 15, 2013