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Obituary: Deacon Gary Griffin

Deacon Gary Griffin

Deacon Gary G. Griffin, 67, deacon at Our Lady of Good Help Church in Brandon, died Nov. 30 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Newport on May 5, 1948, the son of Glendon and Irene Aubin Griffin. He grew up in Newport, where he received his early education. Later, he attended Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

As a working father and husband, he earned his bachelor's degree in business, graduating magna cum laude from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter repairman on a Huey helicopter. Among his numerous military decorations are the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Following his honorable discharge from active duty, he returned to Vermont. Later, he re-enlisted in the Army National Guard, retiring following 20 years of service as a master sergeant.

Deacon Griffin moved to Brandon with his family in 1977 from Fort Bliss, Texas. He was the test and manufacturing manager at Brandon Coils for several years. Afterward, he joined the staff at Time Zero, in Clifton, N.J., as the New England manufacturing sales representative. Later, he accepted a job at Simmons Precision as the quality assurance specialist for defense contract services.

He continued working for Simmons in various positions afer it transitioned to the Goodrich Corporation, culminating as the director of information technology.

He served as a deacon at Our Lady of Good Help Church for more than 16 years.

Surviving is his wife, Jeannine McDuff Griffin of Brandon, whom he married in St. James Church in Island Pond in 1971; his daughter, Elaine M. Dailey, and her husband, Whitman, of Fairborn, Ohio; and two sons, Gregory G. Griffin and his wife, Camille, of Arlington, Va., and Mark E. Griffin and his wife, Emily, of Grand Prairie, Texas; and his grandsons Griffin Dailey and Seamus Dailey. His parents and a sister, Gladys Griffin, predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 5, at Our Lady of Good Help Church in Brandon. Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne was the celebrant.

Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newport.

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