Griffin, Raymond P.

Raymond P. Griffin died on June 22, 2015, in New Port Richey, Florida, after a long battle with dementia. Ray lived a long and rich life as a proud and decorated World War II veteran and had traveled the world in his retirement. He was 90 years old.


Ray was born in Buffalo, N.Y. It was there that he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, where he served three years in infantry as a rifleman during WW II. He received numerous awards, including the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. He retired as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984.


He graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s of science degree in 1949. He was the first in his family to attend college. Ray went on to be employed as a pharmacist until 1963 and was the owner of Lane Drugs on Grand Island from 1955 to 1963. He returned to the pharmacy in 1981 where he worked for Rite Aid until 1989.


Ray was elected Supervisor of the Town of Grand Island in 1964, and served the town for 16 years. During his stint at supervisor, he was appointed to several Erie County and Niagara County planning boards.


Ray married Noreen Griffin in 1948. He is survived by Noreen and his five children, Patricia (Randy) Salois, Paul (Debbi) Griffin, Laurie (Ed) Dyl, Brian (Kathy) Griffin, Raymond (Diane) Griffin, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The oldest and youngest of his grandchildren followed in his footsteps into the service of this great country – Semper Paratus, Kristi, and Sempi Fi, Derek.


Ray married Donna Randolph Griffin in 1989. The two traveled the world together and spent many winters on the beach in Destin, Fla. Donna passed away in 2005.


He moved to New Port Richey, Fla., to be closer to his family in 2003. Ray never cared much for Florida – not the heat, or the bugs or most of all the red state politics. He lived and died as an old school liberal democrat, just slightly left of Ted Kennedy, and was proud of it.
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  1. Daniel McMahon says

    To Noreen and family,
    Ray was a veterans veteran. Along with the many difference vocations and careers Ray had, he was the first Commander of the (Now) Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249. He left a legacy for those post Commanders to follow which was very had to follow. My family knew Ray for many, many years as a long time Island family. I was a Post Commander just a few years ago. May God Bless Ray.
    Dan McMahon
    One of the sons of Margaret and Thomas McMahon Grand Island

  2. Marlene Grob Alvarez says

    Laurie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I have fond memories when we were young, staying with your family when I lost my father. Your parents were so kind to me and I appreciate it. It was great having you as my friend, Marlene

  3. Dee Randolph Davidson says

    I just learned of Rays passing and wanted to extend my condolences. I hadn’t spoken to Ray in many years but thought of him often. He made my mom very happy for many years and he was a wonderful man to take care of her until her death in 2005. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Best Regards, Dee Davidson (Donna Randolph Griffins daughter)

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