GRIFFIN, Brian T.
Brian T. Griffin, beloved husband and best friend of Mary Pembroke Griffin for 31 years passed away unexpectedly Monday, (February 20, 2012). Born August 31, 1955 in Holyoke, MA, son of George and the late Joan Griffin. Brian Griffin was a long term resident of Windsor and Judge of Probate of the newly created Greater Windsor Probate Court. He served his community in many ways. From 1985 to 1987 he served on the Windsor Board of Education. From 1987 to 1995 he served four terms on the Windsor Town Council, the last two terms receiving the highest vote total and becoming the Mayor. He served on the Board of Directors of Capitol Region Council of Governments, a Trustee, Treasurer and Chairman of its Transportation Committee. He was a Board Member of the Capitol Area Substance Abuse Council and hosted a radio program on WKND. Judge Griffin was a founding member of the Windsor Police Athletic League and served on its Board of Directors. He was a long time member of the Windsor Locks Lions Club (25 years) and has been Chairman of Windsor's Local Emergency Planning Commission since 1989. The Windsor Chamber of Commerce selected him as its 2011 Citizen of the Year. Judge Griffin graduated Windsor High School in 1973 and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1977. He received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1980. He passed the Connecticut Bar examination in 1980 and spent four years as an Attorney Advisor to the U. S. Department of Labor's Benefits Review Board. Judge Griffin served as Judge of the Windsor Probate Court since 1995 and was elected Judge of the newly created Greater Windsor Probate Court in 2010. He was currently a member of the Probate Assembly's Executive Committee, serving a second consecutive three year term. He served as acting Judge for the Probate District of Windsor Locks in 2008. In addition to his membership on the Probate Assembly's Executive Committee, he served on the Assembly's Legislative Committee and currently served on the Review Committee. He is a past member of the Working Group in Response to the Recommendation of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee, the Assembly's Committee to Study Court Finances, and the Committee to Streamline Probate Court Procedures. Judge Griffin grew up in Windsor working in the tobacco fields. He looked back fondly on that work experience as it made every other type of work he performed since seem easy by comparison. During his formative years he was active in Windsor youth sports, served as camp counselor at High Meadow Day Camp, a delivery man for Winding Brook Farms and caretaker for Elm Grove Cemetery. He was a great storyteller with a Teddy Bear heart and loved and lived life to the fullest. In August of 1980 Judge Griffin married his college sweetheart Mary Pembroke in her home town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia where they met. When they married Brian promised Mary every summer vacation would be spent with her mother Camilla in Antigonish and he faithfully kept that pledge. Besides his wife, Mary, Judge Griffin leaves his father, George Griffin of Windsor; a brother, Martin Griffin of Windsor Locks, and two sisters, Nancy Griffin of Mesa, AZ, and Joanne Griffin and her husband, Paul Thulen of East Granby. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Camilla Pembroke of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; his brother-in-law and wife Gerard and Marilyn Pembroke in Ottawa, Ontario; and a niece, Jessica, and nephews Michael, Sandy, David, Lucas and Russell. He was predeceased by his mother, Joan Griffin. Judge Griffin was a long time parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Poquonock.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Poquonock Ave., (Rt. 75), in the Poquonock section of Windsor. Burial will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery, Poquonock. Brian's family will receive friends on Friday, February 24, from 4-8 p.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Memorial donations may be made to the Windsor Police Athletic League at 18 Hampden Place, Windsor, CT 06095 or the
at One Union Street, #301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.