I never knew Henry but saw him around Hines Farm when I went out there. My mom & a friend of hers knew him and would go out to his place around the early 80's and visit with him. She has nothing but kind words for him, as I see is consistant from everyone else too. My dad also knew him. I always knew about Hines Farms growing up but never went out there. I take 295, either going out to Grand Rapids, Oak Openings Park or horse events out that way. One day I thought, I just gotta go check that place out. I called my dad and said I wanna go out there. He got on the phone with his friend, found out what was comin up and called me & said let's go, they got a show on your birthday. It was Dec 2nd, 2006. B.B. King's daughter, Shirley was there. What a great time we had. I didn't know it at the time but it would be the last fun place I would go with my dad as he passed a short time later. Since then I been out there numerous times with different people (high school classmates, a gal from the ladies motorcycle club I belong to, co -workers) and we all, always loved it. I am so glad that Henry kept Hines Farm going all these years and that they did a documentary with Henry on Hines Farms. His memory will live on in so many ways. Thank you Henry for providing a place where I even got to make great memories as well. It sure won't be the same driving past now, I would always look at the sign to see who was coming out next & when. I'd see those three big grills settin out front with the empty charcoal bags over the pipes. ~Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Griffin family. May God bring you strength and comfort. Henry will sure be missed.~ Take Care
To the Johnson Family, may the Lord bring you peace at the time of your loss. You all are in my prayers. Love you. Linda Condon
I work at the House of Meats on Glendale I'm very sad hear of Mr Griffin's passing. God Bless
HENRY AND I TRADED SERVICES, I WOULD FIX HIS COOLERS & HE WOULD DELIVER STONE FOR MY DRIVEWAY. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS A SOFT SPOKEN, BIG HEARTED, EASY GOING, GENTLE MAN. I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN HIM LONGER AND COULD HAVE DONE MORE.....
I'LL MISS OUR CHATS AND YOU.
TALK TO YOU LATER...
"Blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits". Thank you Henry, for your selfless promotion of the blues.
Highway; Black Swamp Blues Society
Never met Mr. Henry but I grew up in Toledo, I'm around Mr.Henry's age so I am familiar with Hines Farm and the Swanton area, I never went out there because it was alway's considered " country " in my world, I eventually moved out of the Toledo area to Houston, Texas...one week-end night I came upon a " hole in the wall " blues joint and decided to go in, it was a hot summer night and front door was wide open so you could hear the " blues " as you walked up on the place, I will always remember as I stepped into the place how all of the people welcomed me in " like I was family ", the people were genuine from the heart real people , no pretenses , and every blues song had story to it that everybody or at least someone in the place could relate to...so I know from that experience that " Mr. Henry " was a good man and if there is a " Blues Place " in Heaven, Mr Henry is there welcoming people in, may he rest in peace and may his family be well....Roger ( Houston, Texas )
Ted was a friend that we have known since high school, truly a hard worker and business man, we look forward to the resurection hope (john 5:28 ) which promises that we will see our friends again.
So sorry to hear the news but God knows best. I pray that he give each of you comfort at this time and that the memories of Ted will bring you a smile. Know that you are loved and that others are praying for your family. 295 will never be the same. All of my love.
What a nice person, a friend for 20 years.I will truly miss you, my life will never be the same without you. Much Love Always
So sorry to hear about Henry. He did a lot of work with Steve Lowery, my brother.The entire family grew to love and we enjoyed Henry so very much. A wonderful man and a True Friend! The Lowery family will miss you Henry. We know we have him smiling down on us!
In loving memory of a nice individual.
henry was a great worker and a good friend at johns manville. he leftthe factory to complete his dream in his venue at hines farms. he was a great person to know. there willbe blues events events in heaven from now on. thanks henry for the memories you created for all. marv kotnik and family
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
We just had the privilege to meeting Mr. Griffin at the Dec. concert. He talked to us for awhile as we were getting ready to leave, to get back home to Findlay, OH.
What vision and leadership he had, to keep this special part of history in Northwest Ohio.
Our sympathies and prayers to you and yours as you mourn a special man.
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Weygandt
Thank you Sir. Your work has brought much joy to many people. May you rest in peace.
Papa Ted, there is so much to be said we as your grandchildren loved you so much that cannot express what you meant to us you were our solid rock when things went wrong you were there We know God Loves and in the end we will all be there together again with Jesus We know you prayed the effectual prayer and a righteous man availeth much you are so loved by your grandchildren. Papa Ted
Dear Dad: First I Love You with all my heart there are no good byes to you for I Love so much I went to the house of prayer had a talk with Jesus and God is waiting for you there, in his Loving care Thy will be done and the burdens that seemed to heavy to bear Are lifted away on the wings of prayer. Your son Michael O. Griffin
A great guy. My sympathies to Ted's family
I just heard the news that our dear friend Henry passed away.. Oh Henry, you will be missed.. by many, near and far.. I'm sorry that I'll not be able to attend your wake or funeral as I am over 1500 miles away, but you and your family and our friends will be in my prayers. Peace be with you (((Henry))), Love, Your Friend Celeste
Henry Griffin was a good, hard working, honest man. I feel priviledged to have made his aquantance, to have worked with him, and to be his friend. Thanks Henry, it has always been my pleasure and I will miss you. Rest in peace.
RIP Henry...You will be missed. You had huge part in keepin the blues in this area real and down home. God bless your family.
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU!
So sorry to hear of Ted's passing, such a nice man and a good humor being. May God keep the Griffin family in his loving arms, as they go through the grief of their love one.
To the Griffin Family,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. We are so sorry to hear of the going home of Ted. When I was home the weekend of Dec. 15th, I spoke to Ted and he offered and brought ribs to the house for us to eat that Sunday. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Ted will be sadly missed and I pray that the Lord will give you all comfort today and in the days ahead. Love, Yolondia and the Thames Family
I will always miss this soft spoken man with a heart larger than life. He reached out to anyone that needed a helping hand and asked for nothing more then friendship in return. I am truely sadden today, we lost one of the most honest hard workers out there. I always felt proud that he took it upon himself to preserve Hines Farm, this areas most prominent Black History location. I hope someone will continue to follow in his footsteps and care for the property. Thank you Henry for all the "advice on life" that you gave me every time we spoke, thank you Henry for gracing me with all that you had to offer. You were a treasure to us, may God bless you for eternity.
To the Griffin family. Please accept my most deepest sympathies for your loss. May looking back on memories help comfort you tomorrow. My heart just ached when I heard of his passing. Ted my good friend, you will truly be missed!
To the family, I extend my deepest sympathies. Henry was instrumental in helping me and Prof. Matt Donahue create a documentary about his beloved Hines Farm Blues Club. I hope the fact that this film will live on as a tribute to the work that Henry did to preserve this great piece of our history will bring some comfort to you.
We always enjoyed the music. Rest in peace Henry. Norm ( Took ) Vaughan Mississippi Barbecue Sauce.
Sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He helped me out a lot when working together on NRP projects downtown. He will be missed. RIP Teddy
May you rest in peace Henry...I will alway remember you calling and stopping by the place I worked after you completed a project..You were always such a friendly and kind man...May God Bless your family and friends...Eileen