Ralph Grif­fin

The Day - - OBITUARIES -

Old Lyme — Ralph Gard­ner Grif­fin, 85, died at home in Old Lyme early on the morn­ing of Wednesday, June 13, 2018, af­ter a long ill­ness. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing and car­ing wife of 62 years, Ar­minta “Mimi” Grif­fin; his brother, David Grif­fin his sis­ter-in-law, Bar­bara, of Venice, Florida; and his sis­terin-law, El­iz­a­beth Wil­loughby of Grafton, On­tario, Canada. Ralph leaves his four chil­dren, Deb­o­rah Grif­fin of Clin­ton, Daniel Grif­fin and wife, Gretchen, of Old Lyme, Denise Grif­fin of Ver­montville, N.Y. and Rebecca Grif­fin of Old Lyme; all of whom he was for­tu­nate enough to be in the pres­ence of in the wan­ing hours of his life.

Ralph was a proud grand­par­ent to Joseph Grif­fin and wife, Chris­tine, of Hochspeyer, Ger­many; El­iz­a­beth Grif­fin and her hus­band, Ben Rosen­thal, of Win­de­mere, Fla., Wil­liam Col­lum of Haikou City, Hainan, China, Me­gan Grif­fin of State Col­lege, Pa., David Col­lum of Philadel­phia, Pa., Maya Bax­ter and her hus­band, Ben Bax­ter, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Daniel Marinelli of Old Lyme. He was also the proud great-grand­fa­ther of Henry Lebron Rosen­thal and Ge­orge Ola­juwan Rosen­thal, chil­dren of El­iz­a­beth and Grif­fin and Ben Rosen­thal.

He at­tended Dart­mouth Col­lege and the Uni­ver­sity of Buf­falo and served two years in the Army. He worked in cor­po­rate fi­nance for 32 years at Ch­e­se­brough Ponds and Health Tex. Ralph was an ac­tive vol­un­teer dur­ing his re­tire­ment, hav­ing served as chair­man of SCORE, Cap­pella Can­to­rum, board mem­ber of the Old Lyme Vis­it­ing Nurses, dea­con emeritus of the Old Lyme Con­gre­ga­tional Church, past board mem­ber of the Old Lyme Planning Com­mis­sion, dis­trict co­or­di­na­tor for AARP In­come Tax Ser­vices and board mem­ber of Mount Saint John School in Deep River. He was hon­ored to have been named Cit­i­zen of the Year for the Town of Old Lyme in 1995.

In the lat­ter years of his life, Ralph en­joyed his grand­chil­dren and also his many leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. Ralph was for­tu­nate and able to meet his goal of re­tire­ment at age 55. He trav­eled the world, loved his boats, was an avid fish­er­man, scal­loper— any­thing to do with the sea. He en­joyed nu­mer­ous deepsea fish­ing trips with friends. He loved mu­sic, singing, teach­ing and play­ing bridge and en­joyed watch­ing sports, es­pe­cially the Bos­ton Celtics and UConn women’s basketball. He also loved, per­haps most of all, to sit peace­fully on his back porch on sum­mer days, qui­etly look­ing out at the woods be­yond, or to float serenely for hours in the lakes of Con­necti­cut, fol­lowed by a hearty meal in the pres­ence of fam­ily.

He was a man who im­parted many lessons to all his loved ones, but his great­est legacy was that he was al­ways there, and we, his fam­ily, all those who love him, wish to give him one last thanks for that.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to The First Con­gre­ga­tional Church of Old Lyme and Cap­pella Can­to­rum.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be sched­uled at a later date.

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