Griffin, William E.
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William E. Griffin passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 1, 2012, after a long illness. He was 79 years old.
William was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the eldest child of William Edmund and Madeline Lane Griffin. He was educated in Yonkers schools and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1954. After serving two years with the United States Army in Germany, he attended Villanova University School of Law, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1960. He practiced Corporate and Business Law in Yonkers, N.Y. and later in Bronxville. In May of 1960 he married Margaret Olive O'Hara, who survives.
From 1960 through 1963 he served as Research Counsel to New York Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson. He was elected as a member of the Westchester County Board of Supervisors from 1963 through 1965.
Mr. Griffin was one of the original organizers of Hudson Valley Bank. He served as a director since its inception in 1972, and became Chairman of the Board in 1990. He served in that capacity until May of this year.
Mr. Griffin was a member of the President's Council for the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation. He was President of the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation and a member of the Development Committee of St. Joseph's Seminary. He served as a director of many charitable organizations, including Northern Ireland Children's Enterprise (NICE), the Monsignor Robert Fox Memorial Shelter for battered women, and the Hudson Valley National Foundation. He served as a Knight of Malta of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a former President of the Society of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Westchester Chapter.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Colleen, Daniel (Kathleen) and Katherine Griffin, and six grandchildren, Shannon, William, Jack, Michael, Sean and Brian; his brother Gary Griffin, sister Arlene Meyer, and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at Flynn Memorial Home, Yonkers, N.Y., from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Seminary, 201 Seminary Avenue, Yonkers, N.Y. 10704.
Flynn Memorial Home, Inc.
1652 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10710
Published in the lohud.com on Sept. 4, 2012