George Donald Griffin, 87, of Williston, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at Haven Hospice Care Center, Chiefland, Fla., following a few years of declining health. He was born January 7, 1922 in Margaretville, the son of Omar and Fannie Griffin.
He grew up and lived most of his life in Roxbury before moving to Florida in the mid-1980s. In 1987 he moved to Williston, Florida.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Athletics played a very important part in George’s life. He received a baseball scholarship to attend Indiana University; after one semester he left to join the Army Air Corps. Upon return from military service he played professional baseball for 15 years with Boston and Detroit teams. George was a semi-truck driver and enjoyed his few years of traveling across the United States. His main interests were playing golf, reading and following many sports on TV.
As a proud member of The Greatest Generation, he served in World War II as a bombardier with the 182nd Bomb Group stationed in England. His B-17 plane, the “Sunrise Serenade,” was shot down over Belgium. Captured by the Germans, he was held in a POW camp for one year before liberation. George was the final surviving member of his crew.
For 60 years he had been a member of the Roxbury VFW. He was a member of the Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis McCoy Griffin; one son, Terrence Jay Griffin (Bridgit) and two granddaughters, Kelly Griffin and Katie Griffin all of Liverpool.
He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Douglas Griffin, Sheldon Griffin, Margaret Greene and Bernice Cole.
The family will receive visitors at the Knauff Funeral Home in Williston, Florida, Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be held in Roxbury at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606.
Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston, Florida, 352 528-3481.