Mr. John V. Griffin, 62 years, of Peabody, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a long illness. He is the husband of Mrs. Gail A. (Robinson) Griffin. He was born in Boston the son of the late Wendell and Clementine (Macrillo) Cooper. He was raised in Holbrook and was a graduate of Holbrook High School. He was a graduate of Suffolk University and received his Masters Degree in Counseling from Suffolk; he also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Northeastern University. He has lived in Peabody the past 25 years. John was an Army veteran and served at Fort Polk and later in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Johns passion was his children; he said they were his hobby. He was a proponent of education and catholic schools. John enjoyed skiing, reading about history and sports. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother uncle, nephew and friend. John was employed as a supervisor in human resources for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Malden Rehabilitation. John is credited with aiding thousands of disabled persons in getting jobs. In addition to his wife with whom he shared 25 years of marriage he is survived by his son Ryan and daughter Alycia Griffin of Peabody, a brother Stephan M. Griffin and his wife Patricia of Rockland, his niece and nephews, Daniel and Matthew Griffin, Andrew and Courtney Clark, an uncle Franklin Cooper, two sisters-in-law, Susan Clark and her husband Stephen of Melrose, and Helen Robinson of Peabody, he leaves a special friend, Mary Latour of Lynn, his mother-in-law, Eleanor Robinson of Peabody and many friends. He is the son-in-law of the late Everett Robinson who died Feb. 10, 2013. Johns funeral will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12 p.m. from the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield at 1 p.m. Burial in St. Josephs Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to the New England Chapter of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, 72 River Park Street, Suite 202 Needham, MA 02494, the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923 or Bishop Fenwick High School Scholarship Fund, 99 Margin Street, Peabody, MA 01960. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Feb. 27, 2013