WATERTOWN, NY — Michael F. Griffin, 75, of Watertown, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 11, 2018, at Hospice of Jefferson County.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the funeral home followed by the 10 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Michael was born in Watertown on June 13, 1943, the son of Francis E. and Rita Hastings Griffin and graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy. He was a graduate of Hoffman Aircraft Institute, Overland Park, KS. He then worked for Trans World Airlines (TWA) at the Kansas City Municipal Airport.
On May 5, 1973, he married Rebecca A. Slate at Holy Family Church with Msgr. Robert J. McCarthy officiating.
He worked for New York Air Brake as an assembler for almost forty years and served with the 479th Engineer Battalion in the US Army Reserves for seven years.
He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and enjoyed going to and visiting both the church and Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery.
Michael was a life member of American Legion Post 61, Elks Lodge 496, Eagles Aerie 782, and the North Side Improvement League.
He was a scout for many years and a Cub Scout Leader for several years. He enjoyed his camp and hiking at Brennan’s Beach, Pulaski and his grandson was the light of his life.
Along with his wife, Rebecca, Michael is survived by his son and his wife, John M. and Erica L. Griffin, Marcellus; grandson, Lincoln John Griffin; sister, M. Claire LaDuke, Piermont; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His mother passed in 1998, father in 2001, and his sister, Ellen E. Sboro, in 2000.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St. or Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com