David L. Griffith
1940 - 2019
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David L. Griffith Sr. entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born in Rochester, NY and retired to New Bern, NC in 1999.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 yrs, Judy, and his children, Deborah Prato of Manasquan, NJ, Laurie (Jeff) Walker of New Canaan, CT and David (Jasyn) Griffith of New Bern, and a sister, Lisa (Ben) Trumble of Rochester, NY. He was also a loving grandfather to 8 grandchildren, Cole, Colin and Taylor Prato, Finley and Gwenan Walker and Nathan, Julianne and Danielle Griffith.
He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and joined the Rochester Fire Dept. in 1968 where he served for 30 years, retiring as Rochester Fire Chief.
He was an accomplished woodworker and loved being on the water, fishing. He was a member of the East Carolina Saltwater Fishing Club.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Cotten Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service in the Chapel, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Lloyd Griffith officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Griffith Family.

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Published in Sun Journal from Jul. 2 to Jul. 3, 2019.
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July 6, 2019
Dear Judy and family.Iam so sorry for your loss.Dave was a great guy. Im sure he and EB are planning a fishing trip.Rest in piece Dave.
gerry pinkley
July 3, 2019
Rest in peace Dave. It was great working with you and for you at RFD for so many years.
I am glad you accomplished your dream of living by the sea where you could enjoy your boats
To Dave's family he was a man of honor who respected his people
Ron Graner
July 3, 2019
To The David Griffith Family:

First and foremost, you all have a lot to be proud of. Your Dad had an exemplary career in the Rochester Fire Department. From Private to Fire Chief. You can't do better than that.

I worked with David both, when I was the President of the Rochester Firefighters' Union and later when I was assigned to the Fire Chief's Office. David was fair in his decisions, especially in our disciplinary procedures. David was a straight shooter, all he asked was that you do your job. David was a good Firefighter and a good leader.

When I worked under him in the Fire Chief's Office, I found that he never wavered. He was always consistent in his decisions. He was also quite a humorous guy. I had a lot of laughs with him.

I will miss him. May He Rest In God's Love.

Dan Cavuoto
Daniel Cavuoto
July 3, 2019
James Glanton
July 3, 2019
I served under Chief Griffith as a member of Group 1, while in Fire Investigation, and as the Capt in Planning & Research of the RFD. Chief Griffith was a good Chief and was always direct with his words and actions. As the Fire Chief, he was challenged by City Hall on a daily basis, trying to manage a department without sacrificing the safety of the firefighters. I am sorry for your loss.

Stephen McClary (Retired DC)
RFD 1979-2010
Stephen McClary
July 3, 2019
Debbie and family-I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Thinking of all of you.
Lori Connolly
July 3, 2019
I knew David for several years when he served as Deputy Chief and Fire Chief. He was always a gentleman. Took time to visit the Dispatch Office along with fire stations just to see how things were going. He will be missed
John Cassin
June 30, 2019
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June 30, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Tammy Trumble
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