Robert Griffin

robert griffin
Greece: Wednesday November 25, 2009. Survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael & Debra Griffin; his daughters and sons-in-laws, Sue & Jerry Barker, Nancy & Dan Dunn and Mary Catalino; sisters, Jane Herring, Margaret (John) MacDonald, Patricia (William) Brown; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Bob was an avid wooden boat enthusiast. He was a retired lieutenant of the Greece Police Dept. and a Navy veteran of WWII. The family wishes to thank Latta Rd. Nursing Home for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Bob. Friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass Tuesday December 1 at 11 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 North Greece Rd. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make contributions to Greece Police Shop with a Cop, PO Box 16240, Rochester NY 14616.

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  1. Dear Mary, Nancy, Mike and Sue & Jerry

    Deepest condolences to you all, Uncle Bob will be missed. What a great picture of him, I don’t think I ever saw him in his uniform.


  2. Dear Sue, Mike, Nancy, Mary and family,
    The passing of your precious dad has rekindled many great old stories in my family and at the firehouse of his long and proud career with the Greece Police Department. We that knew him well and admired his knowledge, fairness and humor must not let his legacy be forgotten.
    Bob was also a volunteer firefighter with my North Greece Fire Department; joined in 1952. What tales. As you might imagine, law enforcement and firefighting was a whole different ball game back then. I believe it best that those stories be left for the next family party or over coffee at Panera Bread.
    I remember Bob’s pride in his family, but also in his wooden boats, cars, cottage, and job. I recall in 1958 when the GPD had some Mercury police cruisers. I used to kid him about his family car back then, also a Mercury station wagon. He was an admirer of Conesus Lake, VerHulst Brothers sweet corn, old boats, Wheel-Horse tractors, a neat yard, the U.S. Navy, John Kennedy, and hard working Greece farm families long gone, such as my parents.
    He was a dedicated individual. He used to tell me there were lots more to police work than chasing bad guys. In the fall of 1961, Bob Griffin was first on the scene of a fatal car wreck that took the lives of three young lives in Greece. One was my brother Eddie. Following that nightmare, I felt Bob’s arm of support and compassion around me many times. I knew that’s what he meant with his remark. Indeed, he understood like others did not.
    Bob: how interesting that you passed away one day before Thanksgiving. You see old pal; that gave us all an opportunity to include you in the many blessings we noted on Thanksgiving Day.
    And so, a long time friend and knowledgeable voice in our community is now silent. I can picture Bob up in heaven now. All are laughing as he shares his tales among his old cop buddies, names that come to mind; VerWeire, Bucklin, MacKissick, Zamites, Gray, Carter and Paul.
    I love the photo shown along side his online obituary. That was Bob Griffin – always a pressed shirt, always a neat uniform, whether he was rolling out of his police car at a crime scene or sitting behind his desk as pictured, looking good, ‘on the job.’
    Rest easy old friend. Thanks for the memories. Thanks mostly for your strong arm around me 48 years ago.
    Gene Preston, Greece, NY

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