BELCHERTOWN - Trooper Donald M. Griffin, Massachusetts State Police (retired), 65, of Everett Avenue in Belchertown, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2014, at Wing Memorial hospital in Palmer.
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Don was born in Northampton on Dec. 2, 1948, the son of the late Martin W. and Althea (Miller) Griffin. He was raised and educated in Amherst, graduating from Amherst Regional High School. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Curry College in Milton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, aboard the USS York County.
Don began a career in law enforcement, first with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Then in 1992, the former Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Police and the Division of State Police merged to form what is currently known as the Department of State Police. Don served with the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section "Truck Team" and Troop E until his retirement in 2001.
Don enjoyed retirement, whether playing golf, skiing or riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the "HOGs" (Harley Owners Group) and he was a safety officer for the former Springfield Chapter 2080. He was an avid hobbyist and enjoyed model trains.
He leaves his partner of 42 years, Barbara (Puchalski) Bourque-Griffin; his sons, Sean Griffin of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Patrick Griffin and his wife Shirlon of Chicopee, and the pride and joy of his life, his two grandchildren, Jordan and Jazmine. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Shelley Bourque.
Calling hours and memorial service for Don will be on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. Funeral and burial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don's memory may be made to the Donald M. Griffin Grandchildren's Fund, PO Box 836, Belchertown, MA 01007.
Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 27, 2014