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Robert W. Griffin

Robert W. Griffin Ballston SpaRobert W. Griffin, 86, of Ballston Spa, NY died Thursday, March 6, 2014 after a brief illness. Robert, known affectionately as Pinky to his friends and Pa to his family, was born on November 30, 1927 in Ballston Spa, NY, to Frank and Catherine (Brins) Griffin. After graduating from local schools at 17, Pinky urged his father to permit him to join the US Navy during World War II where he served honorably aboard the USS Saranac. At the end of the war, he returned to Ballston Spa, and began an apprenticeship in steam fitting. Pinky was a master steamfitter for over 40 years, working on major industrial, government and health projects throughout New York and New England. He also used his trade to help friends and families in need and served his community for many years on the Ballston Spa Zoning Board and the Saratoga County Democratic Committee. Pinky was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa. Pinky was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Neville, and their infant daughter, Elizabeth, both of whom died during complications of childbirth. In 1961 he married Virginia Stebel, who became the love of his life and his best friend. They settled in Ballston Spa where they would live for the rest of their lives, building life-long friendships and earning the respect and admiration of everyone who knew them. Pinky is survived by his stepson, John R. Rung and his wife, Rosemarie (Kaminski), of Merrimack, NH; three grandchildren, Alexandra Rung and her fiance, Thomas LaSala of Merrimack, Jonathan Rung of Medford, MA and Christopher Rung of Merrimack; two great-grandsons, Thomas and Tyler LaSala of Merrimack; his brother, James (also known as Pinky) Griffin of Ballston Spa; his sister, Ann Sherwood of Ballston Spa; and several nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , especially those that serve the needs of US military veterans. Pinky's family expresses its profound gratitude to the staff of Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua, NH and to Dr. Desmond DelGiacco of Pulmonary Physicians of Saratoga (NY) for their compassionate and exceptional care. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Mar. 8, 2014
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