Richmond, Virginia


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GRIFFIN, Tad, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2012, in Richmond, Va., after losing his battle with cancer. While Tad was born in Vicksburg, Miss., on March 19, 1958, he grew up in Memphis, Tenn., where he found a passion for golf and a love of music. This love began a career in radio at WHBQ. Tad married Kathy and together they traveled the country as he rose in the radio ranks. In Richmond, Tad left radio and worked for a short time for Prevent Blindness before turning to his passion for golf into a new career when he started his Golf Tournament Supply Company, GolfPaper.com. In addition to this, he has written several books on the subject. A Patriotic American, stand-up guy and a compassionate human being, Tad, was loved by everyone. A loving husband and father, Tad is survived by his wife, Kathy; and three sons Reid, Patrick and Chris; his daughter-in-law, Rhianna; and grandson, Keller; also his brother, Lowry; and sisters, Lynda Anders and Donna Puckett. Memorial Service will be Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Sunday Park in Brandermill, at 2 p.m. In honor of Tad, dress code is casual. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Im am so sorry to learn of my high school teammate has passed . What a great guy. RIP

I ran into Henry Nelson this evening at an art opening in Memphis. Knowing we both had an old connection with Tad, I mentioned I had touched base a couple of years ago. Henry let me know Tad had died last year.

To Kathy and the kids: my belated condolences.

Tad and I went to high school together. There is nothing more cool in high school than having a friend as a disc jockey. Tad used to let me and buddy Pete Nelson into the control room at FM 100 during his midnight...

The first PD in radio to hire me when I was 18 at VCU, Tad was a dear mentor and friend. He and his friends invented "ROCKTOBER" and other cool radio things not everyone knows but should. Tad always had good advice and I will miss him for as long as I'm alive. Goodbye friend.

We had one of those friendships where we'd go for months without talking and then continued like we talked the previous day. I recently sent some email and had a bad feeling when they were rejected. I just learned of his passing today, very saddened because between him and another good friend Tony, I got some good life-advice. I'm saddened to know I won't be able to talk to Tad or Mr. Pig...

It just doesn't seem like so long ago. Only yesterday, everything was okay. Sometimes I just can't believe he's gone. Just gone. I miss him so much. Kathy

Our hearts are still in sorrrow. To one of the best friends we've ever had and all our love to Patrick, Reid, Chris and Kathy Claaudia and Fizz Midlothian, Va.

I just learned of Tad's passing. I feel as though I've lost another brother, and there's a hole in my heart. Tad was certainly the best boss I ever had (back in the K-95 days), but more than that, he was one of the very best people I've ever had the privilege to know. RIP Tad. The Planet was a much better place when you were here.

My sincerest condolences to Kathy and the boys. Tad and I worked together in Charlotte, and had offices next to each other. Fond memories of the conversations we had, which always seemed to end in laughter! The radio business is filled with disingenuous people...Tad stood out like a sore thumb. Always a smile, story, anecdote, or encouragement. A gentleman, kind soul, and great guy who'll I'll miss. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

I just heard of Tad's passing. I can't put words to my sadness. Be it radio, Steelers football, politics or just 'life'...I will miss our 'we need to keep in better touch' bi-annual phone marathons. I will break a Captain's Wafer in your honor, my brother. Again, and again and again - because that is the way you would want it :)