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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church
Tuesday May 14th, 2019

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John L Griffin, Jr.

John L. “Lee” Griffin, Jr., 73, of Fitzwilliam, NH, formerly of Gardner, died unexpectedly at home Saturday, May 4, 2019.

            Born in Somerville, MA on December 18, 1945, he was the son of the late John L. Griffin, Sr. and Anne (Leonard) Griffin.

            John graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1963 and later attended Mount Wachusett Community College of Gardner. He was a United States Army Veteran. John was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner.

            Prior to retiring recently, John was a Counselor employed by McLean Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag of Ashburnham and Petersham for 20 years. He was previously a Police Officer with the City of Gardner for 10 years.

            John was an artist of watercolor paintings, an avid reader of non-fiction books, and he loved history and politics.

            John leaves his daughters, Kerri (Griffin) Bouchard and her husband Brian of Glen Burnie, MD, and Mandi (Griffin) Bouchard and her husband Gary of Fort Meade, MD; grandchildren, Tyler Griffin, Brianna Bouchard, Ethan Bouchard, Ryan Bouchard and Danny Bouchard; nephews, Chris and James Griffin; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Darlene (Stolgitis) Griffin; and by his brothers, James Griffin, David Griffin and Timothy Griffin.

            A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, West Street, Gardner.

            There are no calling hours. Family and friends are asked to report directly to the Church the morning of services.

            Memorial contributions may be made to McLean Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag, 211 North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366. Please reference in memory of John L. Griffin.

            Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner is handling the arrangements.

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I had the great pleasure of working with John in the 90's. He introduced me to his wonderful paintings and I have numerous works to remember him by. He was a great talent whose art reaches out to me and touches my heart daily.

Matt Feehery Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

To the family, sorry about your loss. I have three beautiful pieces of Mr. Griffin's work. He was a special person and his spirit will live on through all he has done

Patrick Cogan Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks so much for your kind words.

Kerri (Griffin) Bouchard May 15 2019 12:00 AM

What a wonderful way of explaining our Dad. A touching, accurate description. Thanks so much.

Kerri (Griffin) Bouchard May 15 2019 12:00 AM

I have wonderful memories working with John. We became close friends and being former police officers we had a lot in common.I will miss John dearly.My he rest in God's peace. Joe Mello

Joseph Mello May 13 2019 12:00 AM

John had the sensitivity, the touch and the vision of the true artist. His paintings probed deep into his own soul and his love of time and place. He had been through many challenges in his life and came through every time. We lost a great talent.

Chuck Heidorn May 11 2019 12:00 AM