John Patrick Griffin

John Patrick Griffin, born Oct. 29, 1916, in Chicago, IL, to Patrick and Margaret Griffin, passed away on Feb. 17, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA. John lived in the Chicago area for 63 years before moving to Santa Monica with his wife Margaret in 1979. They resided in West Hollywood at the time of his death. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret, nee Corbally; sons, Gary and John (Jennifer) and daughters, Joyce and Kathleen; along with his grandchildren, Claire and John Patrick; he was preceded in death by his oldest son Kenneth (2001). John joined the Army Air Corps before the U.S.'s entry into WWII and served for four and a half years with the 2nd Photo Squadron, flying over 100 combat missions while participating in the New Guinea and Philippine campaigns. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Tech Sergeant. John was an avid golfer, member of the Penmar Golf Club, big fan of Slammin' Sammy Snead, diehard Chicago White Sox fan, ardent reader, traveler and lover of books, music, film, theater and anything else worth knowing. Late in his life, he embarked on a new career in acting, appearing in four episodes of "Suddenly Susan" with his daughter Kathy, doing a number of commercials, both national and local, and, along with his wife, appearing prominently in Kathy's Bravo reality show "My Life on the D List". His kindness and sense of humor were legendary and his loss is immeasurable. The family will be attending a mass in his honor this Thursday, at 9 a.m., at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Any donations should be sent to the American Heart Association or the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 21, 2007