Funeral services for John Henry Griffith (Jack), age 86, a resident of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Frary Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Frary Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mr. Griffith passed away on February 17, 2011.
Jack is survived by his son, Richard and daughter-in-law Bonnie (Yvonne) Griffith with whom he resided with prior to entering the nursing home; two grandchildren, Tina and her husband Kevin Reed of Ogdensburg and Richard Griffith Jr. of Charlotte, NC; two great grandchildren, Megan and Katelyn Reed of Ogdensburg; long time companion, Muriel (Moonie) Morley and her daughter Cris (Mrs. Steven) Rishe; Cris and Steve's children, daughter Jessica Rishe and a son and daughter- in-law Jadie and his wife Jenn Rishe; Moonie's great grand children, Adriannah and Luka Rishe; a brother, George and sister-in-law, Lillian Griffith of Ogdensburg; a sister-in-law, Mary Griffith of Kentucky; along with several nieces, and nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Elmer of Kentucky; and a sister, Mae Marks and her husband Lester (Red) of Florida.
His marriage to Genevieve Montroy Griffith ended in separation.
Papa Jack loved his family, especially the "little ones." He loved to visit with family and friends. He enjoyed sitting on the porch and keeping an eye on the neighborhood. He had a great sense of humor. As a member of the Day Care Program at St Joseph's Nursing Home, he enjoyed all the activities and the wonderful friends he had made there. He loved the St Lawrence River and would sit for hours at his camp or the city dock watching the ships sail.
Jack was born January 24, 1925 in Ogdensburg, the son of the late Henry Griffith and Ruth (Wilcox) Griffith Wilson. He attended Ogdensburg Fee Academy. Jack was seventeen when he signed up to serve his country. Jack was both a Navy and Army veteran. He was stationed in Ogdensburg as a Navy Recruiter for a number of years. He served over twenty years in the Navy. He was proud of his country and proud to serve it. Jack lived most of his adult life in a home that he built on the Heuvelton Road.
Jack worked numerous jobs. He worked at Diamond National. He was employed as a sales agent for Prudential Ins. Co. and as a car salesman for Harold Mc. Adam. He also worked at the St. Lawrence State Hospital and Jack at onetime owned a cheese shop on State St. in Ogdensburg. His last place of employment was at United Helpers. Jack collected antiques.
Jack was a long time member of the Order of the Odd Fellow's, and for a number of years Jack ran the Early Walkers Program.
ln lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jack's name to St. Joseph’s Nursing Home Foundation, the Ogdensburg Rescue Squad or the SPCA.