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Joel Griffing (Griffing)

Joel Griffing (Griffing)


Obituary for Joel B. Griffing

Joel B. Griffing of Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the age of 73 years. He was born in Corning, New York. Joel met and married the love of his life, Ardith. They have shared nearly 51 years of marriage. They traveled back and forth to Florida for several years before permanently moving to Howey-in-the-Hills from Geneva, New York. Joel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida and the United Church of Canandaigua, New York. He was very active in business related clubs such as the CEO Club of America and was a SCORE Adviser. Joel was also a member of the Men’s Club of Howey-in-the-Hills. He was the founder of The Hope Collection, a non-profit providing support for veterans and first responders. Above all, Joel
was a family man and loved his family dearly.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Darryl Griffing in 2001. Joel is remembered and will be dearly missed by his wife, Ardith; daughter, Quinn Squires of Groveland, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Katie Griffing of Leesburg, Florida; grandchildren, Joshua Jr., Lucas, Benjamin, Michael and Daniel; and sister-in-law, Doris Griffing of Wayland, New York.

A memorial ceremony will be held in August at the First Baptist Church of Leesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joel’s honor to The Hope Collection,

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared on the tribute wall.https://www.thehopecollection.com/donations.html

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06/22/21 02:55 PM #2    

Robert A. Sullivan

I just heard about Joel's passing and have to admit the news has hit me pretty hard. Regretably, Joel and I lost contact many years ago but I thought about him often. Growing up in Corning, Joel and I became very close, due in large part to our mutual love of golf. I could never hold a candle to him but, even so,  I couldn't hazard a guess at the number of times we played toghether at CCC or so many other courses throughout the Finger Lakes. In those days, he was rarely over par and I was rarely under 80 but he never hesitated to let me tag along. I even caddied for him when he won his first CCC championship in 1965 and we continued our friendship after high school. I could tell story after story about the things we did outside of our golfing experinences but that will have to happen at another time. My condolences to Ardith and their children at this time of sorrow. On a positive note, Joel was a true born-again Christian which means that we will all be together again soon. 

Bob Sullivan 

06/22/21 03:54 PM #3    

Michael Tammaro

For anyone in the New York area.  There will be a Celebration of Life, Tuesday July 6, at 3:00.  

Location: Ononda Park/ Holden Pavillion

4965 co. Rd 16, Canandaigua, N.Y.  14424

06/22/21 04:17 PM #4    

Michael Tammaro

C.B. and I will greatly miss our lifetime friend.  So many memories through the years of basketball, golf, walks and talks, family times together, travel and business associations. Joel was committed to serving our military heroes and first reponders.  We had many conversations about his desire to do more for them.  He was positive and planning for the future right up to the end. We will miss him so much, but we know where he is spending Eternity. Joel loved and served his Lord Jesus Christ, and we will be together again.

06/23/21 10:50 AM #5    

Sally A. Shaddock (Matthews)

I am so saddened to hear of Joel's passing. He was a great guy and a friend to all of us during our high school years. He was multi-talented and, after reading his obituary, that didn't change after we left East High. I send my condolences to his family. He will be missed. 

06/23/21 03:06 PM #6    

Carol Gaby (Money)

My condolences to Joel's family.He will be missed.

06/23/21 04:53 PM #7    

Davida DeBLASIO (Telehany)

I was so sorry to learn of Joel's passing.  He was a friendly, great guy and a fabulous basketball player.  He is now in Heaven with his buddy, Sudsy Sutherland.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


Davida Telehany

06/24/21 01:13 PM #8    

Stanley Dobromil

  What a shock, condolences to the family, and all the friends.  This made me reminisce about all the laughs, good times (and not so good), victories, and NOT.  Sometimes it's good that there is a 'statute-of-limitations'.

Good-bye my friend!

08/06/21 06:34 PM #9    

Sharon Walt (Garrison)

This saddens my heart. My condolences to his family.

08/07/21 04:53 PM #10    

Gregory Bell

I am so sorry to hear of Joel's death.  He lived about a block from our family and was a childhood and school friend for quite a few years.  It is way too early for any of us to be departing.  I wish his family the best.

08/07/21 11:00 PM #11    

Kenneth Briggs

Joel shall always be remembered as a Great Guy and a dear Friend to all that knew him. It is with my most sincere condolences to his Family~

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