Joseph "Tony" Anthony Griffi

Passed away on August 2, 2020

It is with broken hearts that the family of Tony Griffi announce his sudden passing on August 2nd, 2020 at the age of 53.

Tony was born in 1967 a loving son to Joe & Patricia Griffi. Raised in Stratford, Ontario, Tony began his life path as a golf professional at the Stratford Country Club proudly working his way up the ranks from the back shop to golf professional. His career would take him on to positions throughout Canada ending at Gilwood Golf Club in Slave Lake, Alberta. Tony's contagious smile and drive as a professional are what made everyone he met remember him fondly as a friend. He was never referred to as "the head pro" but rather lovingly as "our head pro"

Tony met his wife of 20 years Kitty and her sons Paul (PJ), Randy, and Michael during his time in the Windsor area.

He is survived by his wife Kitty Griffi of Alberta Beach; three sons Paul (Angela), Randy (Nicole), and Michael (Kayli); six grandchildren, Nolan, Destiny, Traiven, Jordan, Brooklyn, and Hudson; two brothers Lee Griffi (Cindy) and Peter Bayer (Cheryl); and 7 nieces and nephews, Caitlin, Mitchell, Morgan, Brady, Blakely, Dana, and Justin.

A Celebration of Tony's Life will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at 3pm at his home in Alberta Beach. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1pm at Avondale Cemetery in Stratford, Ontario.


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Cheryl Kochan

August 13, 2020

I met Tony when he was the Pro at Trestle Creek Golf Course. We entered into a few of the tournaments he organized. He added a touch of class to all he took part in-staff in tuxedos, including himself, tablecloths on the outside snack tables laden with such goodies as the chocolate fountainn. He enjoyed entertaining, his energy contagious. Last month I had the pleasure of playing in my first Slave Lake tournament & I was thrilled to see Tony there. As in all previous events, he played a huge role in making the tournament a memorable one! I am so sorry for your loss-it is a huge one. His booming voice, amazing organizational skills & beautiful smile will be forever etched in my memory of him.

Denis and Marg Dumont

August 11, 2020

Kitty and Family

Our sincere condolences to you and your family Kitty. We are so sorry to hear of Tony. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Denis and Marg

Craig Harrison

August 10, 2020

Kitty and family

My condolences to you and the family on the passing of Tony.
Mr. Griffi was my first boss when I entered into the PGA at Sutton Creek.
He taught me so many things that I still use today. The one that stands out the most was he always wanted you to acknowledge anybody who walked into the pro shop no matter if you had another customer by at least giving them a hello or wave until you could help them. He wanted you to make them feel like they were on a mini vacation at the club and could put any stress in their life behind them while at the club. Tony made people feel special when they walked through the door.
He was a respected and well liked PGA of Canada member.
He will surely be missed by many people.
RIP Mr. Griffi

Robert Rousselle

August 10, 2020

To the family of Tony Griffi,

Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences from the PGA of Alberta and all our Professional Members. We send this message to let you know that we are thinking of you and share your grief of the beloved family member.

PGA of Alberta

Allan Cruickshanks

August 10, 2020

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Tony's untimely death. Tony was our head professional at Sutton Creek Golf Club, near Windsor, for many years, and we have many happy memories of him. We both took lessons from Tony, and they were the best golf lessons we have ever had. My wife especially enjoyed it when Tony was the consummate Maitre d and specialty drinks server for the ladies' events. We will always remember his engaging smile, and how he addressed us as sir and ma'am.
Our condolences to Kitty and family.
Rest in peace, Tony.
Allan and Janet Cruickshanks

Margo Harrison

August 9, 2020

Tony and I started the Saw Ladies Classic golf tournament which raised over $24,000 dollars donated to local charities. He was wi derful to work with. Always helpful and kind. I remember his approach when starting the prize give the top of his voice..." HELLOO LADIES!". Dennis and I are sad to lose this friend. Rest in peace Tony.

Lee &Patty Twinn

August 9, 2020

Sending big hugs to family such a great honor to know ,Tony was always smiling n great sense of humor. Tony brought life back to Gilwood Golf n Country just to know him just a short time was n still is a privilege gonna miss ya some hard shoes to fill our friend till we meet again.♥️🙏

Bradlee Ryall

August 8, 2020

One of the best guys I have ever met in the golf industry! A true gentlemen and super fun to be around. Many amazing memories from Jasper Park Lodge days! Kitty- lots of love and prayers to you and your family. Rest In Peace Tony. ❤️

David Grad

August 8, 2020

I was taken aback upon hearing of Tonys passing today. Hard to believe. It was because of Tony that i got back into golf. The first time i walked into the pro shop at Sawmill there was Tony with his hand outstreched with a big smile a a big welcome. Something Tony always did when he would see you. He always made you feel welcome. My wife enjoyed the special dinner events he would host with Kitty at the club such as Valentines dinner. It was always nice to see Tony when he would visit Sawmill when Paul Dumont was still there. Tony will be missed by many I am sure.

Cathy Burton

August 8, 2020

My condolences to Tony’s family. May all the memories you made over the years bring you great comfort.

With sympathy from a fellow PGA of Canada member.