Robert Roy Griffiths
AGE: 87 • Middletown
Robert Roy Griffiths, 87, a 55 year Middletown resident, died peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Robert was born in the Bronx to Walter and Catherine Joyce Griffiths. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18 and honorably served for 3 years during WWII
. He graduated from the American Institute of Banking in 1959. He then went on to earn his AA in Business from Brookdale Community College in 1976, his BS in Business Administration from Monmouth College in 1981, and his Masters of Business Administration in May of 1984. Robert was an Assistant Vice President for Banker's Trust Co., NYC. After retiring from a lifelong career in banking, he worked as a adjunct professor at Brookdale CC and Ocean County CC teaching into his mid 70's. Most recently Robert served as chaplain of the Leonardo American Legion Post resigning only when illness took his voice, prevented him from leading others in prayer. He was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank. Robert met his wife, Shirley, at Fordham Skating Rink in the Bronx where they were competitive skating partners.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Mattila in 1987. Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Shirley Weir Griffiths, daughters; Eileen Stack and her husband Garrett of Atlantic Highlands and Kathleen Plath and her husband William of Belford, four grandchildren; Christopher & Tyler Plath and Lindsey & Jillian Stack and great- grandchildren Olivia, Nicholas and Michael Plath.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February13th 9:30am at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Red Bank. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Please visit Robert's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com