July 28, 1927 – Dec. 24, 2014
Richard P. Griffin of the Town of Tonawanda died last Wednesday under hospice care at Schofield Residence Nursing Facility in Tonawanda after a long illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Riverside High School and served in the Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.
He joined the Air Force Reserve 914th Tactical Airlift Group and retired as a master sergeant.
For 21 years, Mr. Griffin worked in the masonry department for the University of Buffalo South Campus from 1967 to 1988.
A chaplain for numerous volunteer firefighter and veteran associations, he served as past chaplain at Western New York Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Erie County Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Niagara County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and Korean War Veterans Association; and was past delegate and chaplain at Southwestern Volunteer Fire Association.
Mr. Griffin was a member of the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company for 47 years, where he held several positions including president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, chaplain and field days food tent chairman. He was a lifetime member of Sheridan Park Volunteer Exempt Association and past commissioner for the Sheridan Park District 4.
Involved in many civic endeavors, he oversaw the construction of the present Sheridan Park fire hall.
He was a member of the Erie County Fire Police, New York Volunteer Fire Police Association, American Legion Brounshidle Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars and New York State Volunteer Fireman’s Association.
His wife of 62 years, the former Florence Postulka, died in October.
Survivors include two sons, Mark and Daniel; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda.