Gary W. Griffin, Sr, 73, of Southington, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born July 21, 1948, in Southington to the late Robert and Shirley (Johnson) Griffin.
Gary was a 1966 graduate of Southington High School and a proud Vietnam Veteran, serving with the US Army, achieving the rank of Specialist Five. He was employed in the construction trade for many years, working for White Oak, O&G and Suzio before retiring to a life of travel, time with family, hiking, genealogy studies, pinot noir and fun.
In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother Bruce D. Griffin and sister Ann Egan. He is survived by his son Gary Griffin and wife Jen of Simsbury; grandchildren Rylan and Reese; his daughter Candace Griffin; and Brenda Burns, his companion and love of his life; Brenda’s daughters Courtney Pelletier (husband Mike); Meghan Sudol (husband John), son Garrett Burns (fiancé Allie); and her grandchildren Chloe and Raelynn, whom Gary affectionately called Peanut and Little Peanut, and Jack (Jack Jack). He is also survived by his brother Wayne Griffin and wife Lynn (Moxley) of Las Vegas, Nevada; brother Robert Griffin and his wife Vickie (Frederickson) of Sulphur, Louisiana; and sister-in-law, Linda (Lagasse) Griffin of Cypress, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
Gary loved his family and friends dearly and enjoyed the time he spent with all of them. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his incredible medical team from the West Haven Veterans Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to Connecticut Children’s Foundation, 282 Washington St. Hartford, Connecticut, 06106.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown, Connecticut. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.