Dec. 19, 1923 – Nov. 18, 2016
Dr. Joseph E. Griffin, a physician for more than 30 years in South Buffalo, died Friday at his home in Orchard Heights, Orchard Park. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he attended South Park High School and enlisted in the Army in 1943. Since his two older brothers were serving overseas in World War II, he was sent to dental school and was stationed stateside.
Returning from service, he completed the University at Buffalo Dental School in 1946, then attended UB Medical School, graduating in 1949. He served in the Navy Medical Corps in the 1950s.
Dr. Griffin returned to Buffalo in the late 1950s and began a general practice with an office on Abbott Road. At Mercy Hospital, he was chief of staff in 1972-73. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and became chief of anesthesia at Mercy Hospital, retiring in 1990.
A resident of Orchard Park who wintered for many years in Sarasota, Fla., he was an avid golfer. He was a member of Wanakah Country Club and a former member of The Oaks Country Club in Sarasota.
His wife of 60 years, the former Frances M. Gordon, died in 2008. One brother was the late former Assemblyman Francis J. Griffin.
Survivors include daughters, Dr. Mary F. O’Connor, Anne M. Wallace, Patricia M. Pohlman, Dr. Kathleen M. Kane, Barbara A. Wagner, Jeanne M. Dowling and Susan M. Russell; a son, Donald B.; 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 450 Abbott Road.