Lance Cpl. Tyler O. Griffin June 4, 1990 - April 1, 2010 Voluntown - Lance Cpl. Tyler O. Griffin, 19, of Congdon Road passed away April 1, 2010, the result of injuries sustained while serving in United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Tyler was born June 4, 1990 in Norwich, CT. He is the son of Susan (Perry) Wilding and Brian Griffin , who predeceased him, and John Wilding of Voluntown. Tyler graduated from the Griswold High School in 2008. He served his country, enlisting into the Delayed Entry Program at the age of 17 with the United States Marine Corps. At age 18, Tyler graduated from platoon 2086, "G" Company, 2nd Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. He was in Afghanistan as a member of 1st Bn 2d Mar, (RCT-2, MEB-A Fwd), 2d Mar Div, Camp Lejeune, NC, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister Sarah Catania and her husband Matthew of Willington, a nephew Gabriele, step sister Erin Wilding of Thompson, grandparents Arthur and Jean Griffin of Willington, grandmother Blanche Perry of Griswold, grandfather John W. Hollis of Hernanado, FL, grandparents Bridget and John Horan of Gales Ferry, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins and his "VT" boys: A.J., Josh, Eric, Evan, Gilbert, Phelan, James and life long friend Tristan. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4:00-7:00PM at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Rd, Rte 138 Jewett City, CT. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 AM at the Voluntown Baptist Church, Voluntown. Internment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors of R.I. and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Apr. 11, 2010.