Donald J. Griffith

Donald J. Griffith

March 01, 1932 ‐ May 31, 2022
Donald J. Griffith
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois Resided In: Bay Village, Ohio Cemetery: PRIVATE

Donald J. Griffith, age 90, of Bay Village, Ohio, peacefully departed this earthly plane on May 31, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee LaPointe). Don and Rita met in Chicago, Illinois when they were both working at Bonds department store. They enjoyed going to see the Big Bands of the 50’s and frequented clubs like the Blue Note and the High Note. Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Les Brown were some of their favorites. Dear father of Paul, Donna (deceased), Mark, David, Jill (Byron delPinal), and Jack Griffith. Proud Grandfather of Justin (Brittany), Melissa, Owen and Abby.  Don was a Korean War Army veteran and received the Bronze Star. He worked for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company for over 35 years. Don was an avid golfer, loved classic movies, bird watching and had an amazing sense of humor. Don will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Private family services.

Guest Comments

Amy Haders
Wolcott Vermont

I wanted to share my favorite memory of Don Griffith.
Jill is my best friend and I spent a lot of time at their house on Sites rd. One day she and I were watching tv with her dad. I think it was a Dean Martin celebrity roast. Red Buttons was roasting whoever it was and Mr Griffith was laughing so hard,it had me and Jill laughing. He had a great laugh, I can still hear it, and a wonderful sense of humor.
He was also a great cook ! I have many great memories being in that house. Mr and Mrs Griffith - I will always have a special place in my heart for you !

Son David Griffith
Phoenix, AZ

I would like to share this memory I have of my dad...
Every summer he and my mother would take us kids to the Dells. We were getting close and dad pulled the wagon into Indian Joe's Trading Post. "Kids, stay in the car!" Then to my mom he said,"I'm just going to run in and get a couple fishing poles for Mark and Paul, I'll be right back honey... "
I sat there in the backseat between Jill and Donna and just stared at my hands. Paul and Mark were roughhousing together in the far back, Jack was still real small and up front with mom.
Dad went into the store and I closed my eyes to make like I was sleeping because I knew damn well I didn't want to be the one to have to pass the loot back to my big brudders when my dad came back...
With a flourish my dad came and sat back down in the driver's seat.
" I went ahead and got three, one for David!" said pops
"Ohh, Don..." said my mom, to which my dad said, "What the heck, they were only a buck!"
My own very first fishing pole, bamboo-with-bobber...
I cried that day, tears of joy.
I'm crying right now, tears of joy.
I know I'll see my dad again and until I do, I'm going to miss him dearly.
I LOVE YOU DAD, thank you!!!

Pat Henneberry

Very sorry for your loss to the Griffith family

Christopher Assenheimer
Westlake OH

RIP DJ. My condolences to Jack and the rest of the family

Rob King
North Olmsted

Rest in Peace Mr. Griffith! I'll cherish the memories I have of you. You were truly one of a kind!

Judy Gardner
Parma Heights

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Jack Griffith
Groveport Ohio

My Pops was a great dude! He adored his wife Rita and his kids. My Dad was an old school kinda guy who might not of used the words i love you but he showed it in other ways. He always used to ask me “Jack are you hungry? Do you want me to make you something to eat? I just thought my Dad was the coolest because of this picture my sister Jill put up here in his army fatigues. R.I.P. pops! I love you!

Jennifer Eblen
Linn Creek

RIP Uncle Don. Together again with Aunt Rita and Donna. You will be greatly missed here on earth.

Uncle Dave & Aunt JoAnn
Downers Grove IL

We all loved Don, and we’ll miss him, and his smile. Love you guys