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Gordon "Griff" Griffiths

August 23, 1930 September 15, 2020

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Obituary for Gordon "Griff" Griffiths

C. Gordon Griffiths, Jr., 90

EAST LIVERPOOL – C. Gordon Griffiths, Jr., of East Liverpool, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Pepperberry Suites in Chester. He was 90.

Born in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, August 23, 1930, he was a son of the late C. Gordon Griffiths, Sr. and Elizabeth Oates Griffiths. He moved to this area in 1939 and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska. “Griff” always wanted to be a carpenter and from 1960 to 1970 worked for the former Potters Construction. He then started Corolla Construction Company in 1970 and became known as the premiere residential and commercial builder in the area. He built and renovated many landmark properties including the Hot Dog Shoppe, the original McDonalds in Calcutta, the Dawson Funeral Home and countless beautiful homes.

He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union #171. A member of the Military Vehicles Preservation Association, he enjoyed restoring World War II era military vehicles. Griff loved to display his vehicles at community events and parades and would often gather friends and family to drive them.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Lee Wolf Griffiths. The couple married August 22, 1953. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carla Sue Griffiths, a sister Carrie Williams, and a brother, Attorney Ray Griffiths.

Left to cherish his memory are a daughter, Gretchen Claypool and her husband, Neil, of East Liverpool, and a grandson, Griffin Claypool of Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves a sister, JoAnn Griffiths Hathaway and her husband, Jim, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank those that have cared for Griff: the staff at Senior Link, Carter Home Health Care, Valley Hospice and Pepperberry Suites.

A private family funeral service was conducted Thursday at the Dawson Funeral Home. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery. The Tri-State Veterans Burial Group conducted military honors.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Dawson Funeral Home
    215 West Fifth Street
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020
    11:00am
    Officiant
    Belinda Dunlap
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 |
    Riverview Cemetery
    2026 St. Clair Avenue
    East Liverpool, Ohio
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

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Kenneth Delaney

Buz and Mildred Delaney, Kenneth Delaney Jr.
So sorry to hear of your loss, Griff was a Wonderful Man and neighbor, We have such fond memories. May God Bless your family.
Comment | Posted at 02:27pm via Condolence
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Ed Aliulis

Gretchen and Neil,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We had a lot of good times together back in the Corolla days. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ed "Little Eddie" Aliulis
Comment | Posted at 09:42am via Condolence
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Bob Blankenship

Gretchen
We are so sorry to learn of Griff’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Bob and Debbie Blankenship
Comment | Posted at 08:15am via Condolence
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Tim Mapel

TO THE GRIFFITH FAMILY ,
I AM SO SORRY TO HAVE READ OF THE PASSING OF GRIFF WHAT A GREAT MAN AND CARPENTER AS MYSELF . WE WORKED OUT TOGETHER A THE MOTOR LODGE AND WHILE TALKING HE KNEW MIKE HANLEY HIS LABOR FROM SALINEVILLE . WHAT A SMALL WORLD ! I AM OUT OF LOCAL 21 OF CLEVELAND HE HE ENJOYED ME TALKING ABOUT OUR NEW CONCRETE SYSTEMS . HE SHOWED ME HIS SHOP AND HIS BELOVED MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND WOODEN REPLICA AMUSEMENT PARK . WHICH THE WHOLE AREA WILL MISS SEEING HIM AND WIFE SHARE THEIR PATRIOTISM ! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER !
Comment | Posted at 07:04am via Condolence
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Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of C. Gordon Griffiths, Jr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, C. Gordon Griffiths, Jr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Comment | Posted at 04:05am via Condolence
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