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Formerly of Natick, a retired Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Physician who served the Natick-Framingham Suburban area for many decades, died February 19 in Walpole, after a long illness. He was 81. Born in Detroit, Michigan to Oreste and Pierina (Brayda-Bruno) Griffey (emigrated from Gravere, Italy), Dr. Griffey was raised in Endicott, NY. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1947. It was there that he met his future wife, Gladys Gschwind. Soon after their marriage in 1950, he graduated from Syracuse Medical School (1952). Dr. Griffey served in the Army in the late 1940's and early 1950's in Germany, Denver CO, and Killeen TX, achieving the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge. Dr. Griffey relocated to Natick in 1954, where he completed his specialty in Otolaryngology (ENT) at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He established a private ENT practice which he expanded to the Otolaryngological Associates, which brought ENT services to the Natick-Framingham suburban area through offices in Natick, Framingham and Marlborough. He served on the staff of Leonard Morse, Framingham Union and Marlborough Hospitals during his practice. He conducted some of the first complex ENT procedures performed outside of a Boston hospital. He also provided care at the Pondville Hospital for patients with head and neck cancer. His children remember that their father received a bounty of gifts and homemade treats every Christmas from grateful patients and families for the care he gave them. In the 1970's, Dr. Griffey and his wife and various children spent a month each year providing care at a missionary hospital in St Lucia. They also helped staff the Boston Marathon emergency-care tents for several years in the 1980's. He retired from his ENT practice in 1991. A 35-year resident of Natick, Dr. Griffey and his wife were also residents at The Reef in St. Croix for several months each year after his retirement. There, he served on the Reef Associate Board for several years. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis and established a weekly men's poker game (friendly bets only). Dr. Griffey was a former member of the Cursillo Group, the Natick Footlighters, and the Maugus Club of Wellesley. He was a former member of St. Patrick's Parish in Natick. He is remembered by family and friends for his sense of humor and wit. His daughter, Robin, says "We all thank Dad for the many hours of laughter we had - especially from Mr. Bacigalupo." He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Gladys Gschwind Griffey (2007), his two sons, Stephen (2007) and Ricky (1974), and both of his parents. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Susan Griffey of Columbia, MD, her husband, John Oetting, and her son, Chandra Brechin; Karen Griffey of Walpole, her husband, Kevin Iles, and their daughters, Katie and Caroline Iles; Katharine (Glynn) Griffey (daughter-in-law and wife of Stephen) and their sons Thomas and Christopher Griffey; Robin Griffey of Norwood and her son, Quinn Griffey; Beth Griffey of Quincy and her daughter, Andrea Galligan; Sara Griffey of Waltham and her son, Greyson Griffey; and David Griffey of Selmer, TN. Survivors also include the Griffey and Brayda-Bruno family relatives in Torino, Italy, and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Linus Church in Natick Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 AM. Burial will be private. Visiting hours are on Sunday, February 24 from 2-5 PM at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, (www.everettfuneral.com), 4 Park St., at Natick Common, NATICK. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the memory of Dr. Louis Griffey at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, c/o Lisa Scherber, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.
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