Christo­pher Mark Grif­fin, 60, of Rhinebeck

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Christo­pher Mark Grif­fin, 60, a long­time Rhinebeck res­i­dent who grew up in Red Hook, passed away on Thurs­day, Nov. 3, 2016, at North­ern Dutchess Hos­pi­tal in Rhinebeck.

Born on Dec. 22, 1955, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., he was the son of Vin­cent and Mar­jorie (Hef­fer­man) Grif­fin of Red Hook.

Chris grad­u­ated with hon­ors in 1974 from Red Hook High School. He went on to earn his bach­e­lor’s de­gree from SUNY Oswego in 1978 with a dou­ble ma­jor in Com­puter Sci­ence and Ger­man.

He started his ca­reer as an in­tern with IBM while still in col­lege and con­tin­ued with IBM for a very long and very suc­cess­ful 36 years. Chris’s first job at IBM was as an as­so­ciate pro­gram­mer on the sec­ond shift in Kingston, N.Y., and he even­tu­ally re­tired as a se­nior en­gi­neer, con­sult­ing for IBM’s largest cus­tomers at lo­ca­tions in Europe, Asia, South Amer­ica, the United States, and Canada. He was very well-trav­eled dur­ing his ca­reer, vis­it­ing ma­jor cities through­out the world.

An avid down­hill skier, he en­joyed ski­ing the Catskills, Killing­ton, Vt., and the Swiss Alps dur­ing ad­ven­tures with fam­ily and friends from Rhinebeck and Red Hook.

Chris was an ac­com­plished sax­o­phone player, both in high school and col­lege. He was flu­ent in Ger­man, and en­joyed study­ing the ro­mance lan­guages.

A com­pet­i­tive and ac­com­plished high school ath­lete, Chris played var­sity foot­ball, basketball, ten­nis, and golf. He was a for­mer long­time ac­tive mem­ber of the Red Hook Golf Club and was in­stru­men­tal in re­cruit­ing new mem­ber to the club.

A two-time can­cer sur­vivor, Chris in later years was ac­tive in coun­sel­ing can­cer pa­tients and sur­vivors through­out the Rhinebeck area.

A very kind and gra­cious soul, Chris is sur­vived by his lov­ing par­ents, Vin­cent H. and Mar­jorie Grif­fin of Red Hook; his brother, Scott F. Grif­fin

of Rhinebeck; his sis­ter and her part­ner, El­iz­a­beth Crock­ett and Paul (Pruitt) Es­tok of Cler­mont; along with many aunts, un­cles, cousins, friends and col­leagues through­out Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Columbia County.

He was pre­de­ceased by his brother-in-law, Paul J. Crock­ett.

Funeral ser­vices and in­ter­ment will be pri­vate. A cel­e­bra­tion of Chris’s life will be an­nounced.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Christo­pher’s mem­ory to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 22718, Ok­la­homa City, Okla. 73123-1718.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Bur­nett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broad­way, Red Hook, N.Y.

To sign the on­line guest book, please visit www. Bur­nett-White.com.

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