J. Michael Griffin

May 14, 1934August 18, 2014
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J. Michael Griffin passed away on August 18, 2014 in Epoch of Brewster, Brewster, MA after a brief illness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 14, 1934. Upon his graduation from St. Augustine Diocesan High School in Brooklyn, NY he entered the order of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1950. Michael was a graduate of the Catholic University of America and held Masters Degrees from Manhattan College and New York University.

His life as a teaching Christian took him many directions. He became principal of St. Gabriel’s School in Queens, NY, principal of St. Cecilia School in Brooklyn, NY, Commandant of Cadets at LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island, principal of Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, NY, and principal of Bishop Bradley and Trinity High Schools in Manchester, NH. In 1974, he made the decision to join the secular world and pursue a different lifestyle. He married the former Angela Alosa of Concord, NH and together they ventured into the business world by becoming General Managers of Green Mountain Kenworth in Shelburne, Vermont. Michael retired in 1999 and moved to Eastham, MA to be near his family.

He was an active member of the Parish of St. Joan of Arc, Orleans, MA and Vice President of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He recently was presented with the Top Hat Award of which he was very proud. Michael was also a guide at the Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA. He enjoyed time with his nieces and nephews and their children and yearly vacations to York Beach, Maine.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Angela in 1984, his brothers, Donald and Brian, and his parents, John and Mary Griffin.

He is survived by his sister, Maureen, sister-in-law Mary, his niece Laurene, nephews, Stephen and Mark; brother-in-law, Joe Alosa and his wife Carol Rosa and Bernadette Alosa and several nieces and nephews.

His visitation will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 5-8pm in the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10am in St. Joan of Arc Church, Canal Road, Orleans, MA. For online condolences, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, August 21, 2014

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John Beaulieu

October 13, 2014

I met Mike the day after I arrived at the Novitiate. He was part of about five or six entrants from Brooklyn. It was about March 7, 1952. He was smiling as he always seemed to be. I was trying to deal with my own homesickness. Over the years in Washington, I remember him always writing essays for his History classes. I thought at the time that History was a wonderful training for a writer. He was generous with his time; he taught a calligraphy class which I took and enjoyed and wished there were more time for. I am sorry for the trouble I might have caused him over the summers when he was in charge of the Summer School at Manhattan College. I was dealing with my own demons and always felt sad that I might have caused him some trouble because of my own actions.

August 24, 2014

Mike was a wonderful person who was very attached to his past. He never forgot the many friends he made as a Christian Brother and never missed a reunion. He will be missed. Bill Sullivan

August 21, 2014

I knew Mike (then John) as a High School classmate in St. Augustine's and then briefly as a fellow Christian Brothers in Barrytown, NY and Washington D.C. In recent times I saw him at CB reunions and very recently phone visited with him. A very fine human being, happy, open, delightful. The world is less good without him in it.
John (Pascale)

Bro. Bernard Hanson, FSC

August 21, 2014

Please accept my prayers and condolence on the death of Mike. He was a longtime friend of over 60 years and was a dedicated teacher and administrtor in several of the Christian Brothers' schools. Mike and I were in the Novitiate class of 1952 and maintained our friendship even after his withdrawal from the Brothers and his marriage. He was very faithful in attending reunions of the class and was always one of those who lookd forward to class get-togethers. I am sure he is now in the peace of the Lord whom he served so devotedly on this earth. Live Jesus in our hearts forever!

August 21, 2014

Uncle John will be missed by all that had the honor of knowing him.He loved his family & friends so much.He made this world a better place & made a difference in many lives.My deepest sympathy & respect to The entire Griffin family,especially Mary & Laureen who took care of him day & night for so long.May you all heal with speed & grace.Uncle John is with God now where he is at peace.All my love & respect,Karin D.

August 20, 2014

I am very saddened by the news of Mike's passing. Mike and I were in the same class at St. Augustine's and we entered the Brothers at the same time. I have been in contact with Mike from time to time. I've lived in California for 43 years so our contacts have rarely been face to face since we both left the Brothers. I left in 1967. Mike's friendship has been a significant part of my life ever since we first met in high school. Mike led an outstanding and admirable life. I will miss him but never leave him out of my mind and heart. Jack O'Leary

Linda Sargent Tanner

August 20, 2014

I remember him as a warm person,open to answering the questions of his students. The world was made better by his life. Sympathy to his family

fjohn reinke (mc1968)

August 20, 2014

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.

Trinity High School

August 20, 2014

Please know of the prayers of the Trinity High School community. Michael was our founding principal in 1970 and guided our school during its initial few years.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Ann Organisciak

August 19, 2014

Michael was a cherished friend and a blessing in our lives. We looked forward to our dinners together whenever we spent time at the Cape. We shared stories of Brooklyn and of the educational system. His hearty laugh and intelligent conversation were a delight. He will be sorely missed by Richard and me. May he rest in eternal peace through the mercy of our Lord.