Our beloved husband and father, David Alan Griffin, Sr., age 61, lost his brief battle with pancreatic cancer at Transitions HospiceCare in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.
David was born August 14, 1953 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to Percy Ward and Nell Reinken Griffin. He graduated from Sewickley Academy in 1971 and Roanoke College in Virginia in 1975. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. On August 2, 1980, he married Mary Frances Clark in Greenwich, Connecticut.
David lived in Bristol, Tennessee, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, before settling in Raleigh. He worked as an environmental planner and managed the Environmental and Planning Department in Morrisville, North Carolina, for URS Corporation, where he was cherished as a mentor and coworker for 23 years. David had just been appointed to be the Transportation Planning Leader for Simulations, Surface and Traffic under the National Transportation Business Line of AECOM. During his career, he helped oversee the planning of the Sunset Beach Bridge, the Wilmington Scenic Byway, the Dan Cameron Bridge Wilmington bypass, and many other notable transportation projects.
David enjoyed spending most of his free time with his family and their two dogs, Roxie and Murphy, at their vacation home on Lake Gaston. He brought home many an old truck to fix, many a stray dog to adopt, brewed his own beer, loved to host a crawfish boil, and in the last couple years, fulfilled his lifelong dream of earning his pilot’s license. Recently, David founded Dock and Deck Stuff, an organization through which he used construction scraps to build dock and deck furniture to sell, with all proceeds going to charity. David’s inventory of jokes, funny sayings, and laughs was infinite. Most importantly, his happiness, joy, and love of life were never at the expense of others.
David is survived by his wife Mary, son David (Katie) Griffin of New York, New York, daughter Margaret Griffin of Durham, North Carolina, sisters Barbara (Richard) Wiltshire of Richmond, Virginia, and Jane (Denny) DeMatteis of Raleigh, uncle Dean (Etta Ray) Griffin and aunt Sarah (William) Marks of Westminster, Maryland, and many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded by his parents.
A visitation and memorial service will be held at the RDU General Aviation Terminal, 1720 E. International Boulevard in Raleigh on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The visitation will begin at 2:00 PM and the service will begin at approximately 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare (founded as Hospice of Wake County), 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to The V Foundation for Cancer Research through Team Magellan/Griffin and the Rock & Roll Marathon event (see magellancharter.org for details).