Sidney Alan Griffith died on Thursday, November 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle Perkins Griffith and Franklin D. Griffith; brother, Irving Griffith; sister, Charlotte Griffith Bailey; and two brothers who died in infancy. He was born in Wyoming, New York on October 2, 1924.
Sid was a veteran and very proud to have served his country. In 1942, he was drafted for World War II. Following training in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Breckinridge, he went overseas aboard the Aquatania, unescorted and zig-zagging to Scotland. As a member of the 75th Artillery Division, he took part in the Battle of the Budge, serving under Patton. Discharged in 1946, he attended Alfred Tech, graduating in 1949.
On April 8, 1950, he married Jean K. Green from Florida, NY, having met her while she was attending Geneseo State College. Inseparable, he spoke of his wife as the love of his life and referred to her as his bride. With a degree in heating and air-conditioning, Sid moved to Endicott, NY to work for Northrup Supply where he stayed throughout his career. Before retiring he was in the position of President. He received an award from the PHCC (Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors) and the Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.
Sid and Jean lived in Binghamton, NY for 66 years prior to moving to Orange, CT in June of 2018. In Binghamton, he was a member of the Broome County Historical Society, Friends of the BC Library, Binghamton Lions Club, and the Roberson and Phelps Mansion Museums. Sid enjoyed traveling, working on home projects and gardening with Jean. He especially enjoyed times spent with his family at their summer cottage on Yankee Lake, NY. Sid and his wife were fond of their church family at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY and have attended Orange Congregational Church since their move in Connecticut.
He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen deFur-Maxwell (William) and son Alan Griffith (Lynn Dunn), grandchildren, Katie deFur Fallon, Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald), Leah Griffith and Seth Griffith. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Kristin, Daxton and Makayla Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon, nieces Joy Griffith Cline (Jim) and Sally Griffith Mariage (Duane), great nieces and nephews and cousins Mary Griffith Weber (Kenneth), Dorothy Doran Zehler and Edward (Natalie) Doran.
A celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT. The committal service will be held in the Florida, N.Y. cemetery at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1900 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850.