Tom Griffith
1939 - 2021
BORN
1939
DIED
2021
GRIFFITH, Tom

82, of Oakwood, passed away December 13, 2020, at his home in Oakwood. He was born in Dayton on October 15, 1939. He graduated from Oakwood High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from The College Of Wooster, and his education certificate at The Ohio State University. He also earned a

Minor in entomology there. He taught art at Oakwood Junior High for 40 years. He was the son of Rachael and Paul Griffith. He is survived by his sister, Abby Griffith Burns, and his nephew, Joe Burns.

Funeral services will be held at 5pm, June 21 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., in Oakwood. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donation to SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center.
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Published by Dayton Daily News on Jun. 16, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
21
Funeral service
5:00p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood, OH
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Tom Griffith may have been an art teacher, but taught more than that. I distinctly recall him me to use the most simple language possible when speaking. This advice came I tried to use a word, in order sound mightier than I was. A true renaissance man.
Jack Kegelmeyer
School
July 20, 2021
Wendy (Taylor) Wampler
July 19, 2021
Tom was a mentor and friend at a very important time in my life. Without him, I am not sure I would have lasted more than a few years as an educator. Tom taught me how to make my life fit in my career and vice versa. He was the soul of the Junior High for decades and the go-to guy for district history. He leaves behind a legacy of (now grown) children and fellow educators touched by his love and kindness.
John Loomis
Friend
June 21, 2021
Tom was my art teacher in eighth grade, and next-door neighbor growing up on Lookout Drive. He was always easy to talk to, and a very special teacher. He will be missed.
Richard strawsburg
Student
June 21, 2021
Mr. Griffith was one of my favorite teachers in grade school. He treated every student with respect and was a man of great integrity. He was always so kind when I was struggling to fit in and I was always welcome to eat lunch in the art room. He made it a safe space where you could go and always feel comfortable. I have many fond memories in his class. Rest easy sir, you did a great job here on this earth.
Erica J Cavey
Student
June 20, 2021
Nothing better can be said about someone than, "He was a good man." And Tom was a good man.
Joseph Wiles
Friend
June 19, 2021
A wonderful man and a nurturing teacher. I can't think of enough good things to say about him and the way he taught. Rest in peace.
Pamela Cramer Arnold
Mother
June 17, 2021
Tom was a wonderful educator and a great friend of cats and wildlife. He was a cherished friend to many! Rest In Peace, dear friend Tom!
Sue Taylor
Friend
June 16, 2021
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