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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.


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Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 21, 2007.
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February 23, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Kathy. I will always remember how sweet and loving he was towards me when you and I first met, shortly after you all had moved here from Illinois. I know how much he will be missed. May he rest in peace. Love, Rebecca (Gonzalez) Simpson
Rebecca Simpson
February 22, 2007
My deepest sympathy with the loss of John Griffin, my father's best friend since they met in WWII. John's sense of humor, his quick wit and his friendship will be missed by my father and the rest of the family. My father often told the story about how they were on a train together (on leave) during WWII for a very important occasion when my father received a telegram to return to duty. John took a quick look at the telegram noticed that my father's last name was spelled wrong. John quickly came up with the solution to save the day... he said send a telegram back noting "message garbled, pls resend message".... it saved the day for my father's very important trip since it took several days to resend the telegram. John was the best man in my parent's wedding. And that position of "best man" would remain throughout his lifetime.

Through the years my parents, Caroline and Chester maintained a strong friendship with Marge and John. They cherished their annual visits and always looked forward to the next one.

John will be missed greatly and hopefully my mom, who passed away recently, is now welcoming him into his new world and will once again enjoy his company and humor.

Jeanne Szymczak Timber
Daughter of Chester Szymczak
Jeanne Szymczak Timber
February 22, 2007
Dear Gary:

Please extend my condolences to your family on the passing of your beloved father.
Jim Kielty
February 22, 2007
John Griffin I will miss you, but hey, you and I and several other aerial photographers with the Second Photo Mapping Squadron-Army Air Corp left our mark on this Planet Earth. We helped settle border disputes in Soth America and we searched for rubber trees there. We photographed the route of the Alcan Highway before it was built. Our photos of enemy installations in the South Pacific showed our forces where to attack. Oh yes John, we were the human space spy sattelites of that time. John, you were the perpetual stand up comic who kept us in smiles and laughter through thick and thin. God could not waste such talent, so somewhere in this Universe I am sure He has you, John, bringing smiles and laughter to somebody.---------------Your friend and World War 2 Buddy ------- Chester C Szymczak
Chester Szymczak
February 22, 2007
Words alone cannot express sorrow or symphathy, so please take to heart that The entire Griffin family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. He will be missed by many and was loved by the masses. may his remarkable life forever be embedded in our memories.
Roger Wilhoite
February 22, 2007
Condolences to your entire family. I truly enjoyed Mr. Griffin's humor and love as a husband, father and grandfather. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kate/ Featmom
February 21, 2007
I am just a viewer of the D list but I have such a fondest for Mr. Griffin. He just seemed liked the most wonderful father and husband. I am sure he will be missed by many but he is a better place and will always be with you in spirit. I will miss seeing him on the show and I hope your mom with continue on and be happy. God Bless you all, Mary Mulhern
Mary Mulhern
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