Mark A. Griffith Sr. died on June 11, 2013, at the age of 83, at Kline Hospice House in Frederick, MD.
Mark spent his personal and business life dedicated to the community of Pearl River, NY until retiring to Frederick, MD in 2009. Anna Laura pre-deceased him in 1987. In 1992 Mark married Pearl River, NY teacher and administrator, Joanne Shalkop (nee Hagenbuch).
Too young to enlist in WWII
like his older siblings Dexter, Thomas and Aline, one of Mark's proudest accomplishments, at age 12, was collecting scrap metal, for the war effort.
During the Korean War
, Mark who placed in the top 3 of a class of 350, was sent into the Mediterranean to intercept Russian enemy codes and transmissions as a Communications Specialist.
Mark received many awards for his work with the Independent Insurance agents as well as working to develop a specialized
program that jointly insures all the school districts in Rockland County NY. He served as volunteer insurance advisor for the Methodist Churches in Rockland and the State of New Jersey. Now 72 years later, the Griffith insurance Agency is in its fourth generation with the addition of grandchildren, Mark III and Lauren Griffith. Mark completed the four-year course of study in accounting at Alfred University earning his degree in business in only two years.
He embodied his faith as a member of the Pearl River Methodist Church, active in all aspects of the church. After moving to Frederick he joined the Walkersville United Methodist Church. For ten years he served on the Lederle Animal Care Committee ensuring humane treatment of laboratory animals. Mark was President of the Pearl River Rotary Club
, founding member of the Rotary Scholarship Foundation and awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship exemplifying the ideals of "Service Above Self".
Mark is survived by his loving wife Joanne, children Mark Jr., Chestnut Ridge, NY; Diane Griffith Smoley (Raymond) Frederick, MD); sister Aline (Condesa de Romanones) Madrid, Spain; brother Thomas (Mary Gray) Goshen, NY; brother William Jr., Beaufort NC; twin sister Margaret (Peggy) Crosby Frankford, DE; and grandchildren Mark III, Michael, Lauren Griffith and Jonathan and Raymond Smoley, Jr. He is predeceased by brother Dexter Sr.
A memorial service will he held at the Walkersvifle United Methodist Church, 22 Main Street, Walkersville, MD on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations kindly be made to Kline Hospice House, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick, MD 21701.