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John Alden Griffin


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John Alden Griffin Obituary
December 31, 1926 - January 9, 2017 It is with sadness that we share the passing of our beloved uncle, John Griffin, on January 9, 2017. It is with joy, however, that we remember the wonderful man he was and all that he accomplished during his 90 years. John was born on New Year's Eve in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Veronica Griffin. He attended St. Ignatius High School, graduating in the class of '45. After serving in Guam while in the Navy during WWII, he followed the family to Los Angeles. He completed studies in radio and technical broadcast engineering and landed his first job at KWTC in Barstow, California, becoming "The Voice of the Mojave". His enthusiasm of broadcasting brought him to NBC in 1952, where he loved being a part of the early days of television. His career took him to Channels 9, 11 and 13, working behind the camera on The Engineer Bill Show and the George Putnam news. In 1963 he was led back to the place he most wanted to be - NBC. He was hired for the On Air Video Tape Department, which he ran for 25 years. John loved well and was loved by many. He was a faithful son, brother, husband, uncle and friend. Quick with a joke, he spent hours sharing his knowledge and passion of the stock market, managing his portfolio until his death. To some he was Uncle John, to others Uncle Johnny. By all of us, he will always be remembered and loved. His NBC nickname, The Legend, says it all. A mass will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago Illinois, 60608. Donations will benefit the Tuition Assistance Program.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2017
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