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Robert L. Griffin


1946 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Robert L. Griffin Obituary
Robert Leland Griffin, of Franklin, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long illness on June 26, 2016 at Milford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was born August 30,1946 in Boston to the late Robert W. & Eleanor R. (Nickerson) Griffin. Due to his fathers military career, he lived & attended school in Wichita, KS, Rhein Air Force Base in Germany, Moses Lake WA & graduated from Hyde Park HS in 1965. He played football and wrestled in high school. He was very active in the Dorchester community, coaching a variety of sports and working for the YMCA as a lifeguard and camp counselor. He served in the USAF for 3 years, stationed at U-Tapao Airfield in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He became a letter carrier with the USPS in Cambridge, moved to the Dorchester office, then spent over 30 years in the Needham office, retiring in 2012. He moved to Franklin in 1980 with his family. An avid sports fan, he rarely missed a Pats or Red Sox game & spent countless hours supporting his son on the Franklin and Harvard wrestling teams. He was an active member of St. Marys Parish & the Elks Lodge in Franklin. He was an avid bowler as a young man and in later years played darts on local teams. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda A. (Tessari) Griffin, son Robert & wife Janine of Norfolk, daughter Jan & fiance Jerry Skeean of Palmer, 5 grandchildren: Sonja, Joseph, Michael, Peter & Eleanora, a sister Regina & her husband Lawrence Simmons of Middleburg, FL, siblings in law & their spouses: Donna & Curt of Hyde Park, Eileen & Paul of Pembroke, Victor & Kim of Gardiner ME, Gerard & Mary of Maynard, James & Judy of Arlington, Christine & Craig of Lancaster, 6 nieces, 3 nephews, 4 grandnieces, 3 grandnephews, & many cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Friday July 1st, at 9:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Marys Church, Franklin at 10AM. Interment with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Calling hours are Thurs. from 4-8PM. Due to floral limitations at the cemetery, donations in his memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Marys Church, 1 Church Sq., Franklin, MA 02038. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Country Gazette from June 28 to July 8, 2016
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