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Raymond Thomas "Ray" GRIFFIN


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Raymond Thomas "Ray" GRIFFIN Obituary
GRIFFIN, Raymond Thomas "Ray" 84, of Kettering, Ohio and Southern Shores, N.C., drew his last breath on July 25, 2018 while taking a short walk near Wooster Ohio with his wife of nearly 30 years, Shelley Tarleton. Born in the Bronx, NY on July 12, 1934, Ray was the only child of Agnes Mary Curran Griffin and Thomas John Griffin. He called the Inwood section of Manhattan home for more than 30 years. He attended Good Shepherd School and the Church of the Good Shepherd, where he was baptized and made his first communion. Ray's participation in sports at Good Shepherd led to a high school athletic scholarship at LaSalle Academy, Manhattan, where he ran track, played basketball and served as an officer of the class of 1953. Following high school, Ray worked for a shipping company and attended night school at City College of New York until enlisting in the U.S. Army. After basic training, he served as an administration specialist and office manager at Ft. Lee, VA, where he earned the rank of SP4 and a good conduct medal. Ray's administrative skills, honed in the Army, led to a lifetime of organizing and leadership roles in a long list of professional, civic and cultural endeavors. Following his military service, he joined Greene and Ladd, stockbrokers, serving as administrative manager of the Wall Street office before transferring to Greene and Ladd headquarters, Dayton Ohio as administrative manager in 1965. Ray subsequently held senior facility and administrative leadership positions with L.M. Berry & Co., E. F. MacDonald & Co., Ponderosa Systems, Inc. Corporate Headquarters, where he served as V.P. of Administrative and Facility Services, and the City of Dayton Convention Center, from which he retired in 1996. While maintaining his professional career, Ray completed his undergraduate degree in business management at Wright State University in 1980. He found time to volunteer for a number of organizations, including the Greater Dayton Jaycees, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, City of Kettering, Kettering City Schools, Kettering Holiday at Home Festival, Kettering Lions Club and the Ohio River Roadrunners. His most important role in those years was Dad to three sons from his marriage to Esta Hearsum Griffin. Upon his retirement, Ray became a fulltime community volunteer, serving on numerous committees and as a multi-term president of the Oregon Historic District Society, a member and multi-term chairperson of the City of Dayton Southeast Priority Board, a member of the Board of Directors for Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA), St. Mary's Development Corporation, and CITYFOLK, a traditional and ethnic arts organization. Ray especially loved CITYFOLK's focus on presenting, preserving and promoting the ethnic and cultural diversity on which this country is built. Ray's involvement with CITYFOLK led to roles as the CITYFOLK festival director, acting executive director, and to being named the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) Volunteer of the Year in 2004. Ray was doubly honored when of several NYC friends of 50+ years joined him at the IFEA awards ceremony in Boston. Recently Ray served on the board of directors of the Chicahauk Property Owners Association in Southern Shores, NC, as a volunteer and committee co-chair for N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles), as president of the Hillgate Condominium Association, and secretary/treasurer and president of the Halverstadt Family Foundation, where he provided leadership in the preservation of Shelley's maternal family's 200-year history in northeast Ohio. Ray made his final community contribution to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, where he donated his body for instructional purposes. In addition to his wife Shelley, Ray is survived by his 3 sons, Eric Griffin (Cynthia), Franklin, TN; Evan Griffin (Kimberly), Madeira, OH and Christopher Griffin (Laura), Loveland, OH; grandchildren Ashley, Angela, Christopher, Kyle, Luke, Tyler, and Bethany Griffin, 2 sisters-in-law and their families, 2 brothers in-law, and many special friends and neighbors. Ray was extremely proud of his sons, the upstanding men they have become, and the loving families they are raising. An informal celebration of Ray's life will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday October 14, 2018 at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402 in the Forum area. The family will receive guests from 1:30 - 2:30p.m, and after a short service of remembrance and reflection, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. Parking is available in the garage under the library. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ray's memory be made to La Salle Academy, 44 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003, ATTN: Development Office, or online at https://lasalleacademy.org/product/donate-now/ in support of the Raymond T. Griffin '53 Scholarship Fund; to N.E.S.T. for educational outreach at nestonline.org or by mail at P.O. Box 1073, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949; or to the cultural or educational .
Published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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