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Frederick Harvey Griffith

February 2, 1939 November 11, 2019
Frederick  Harvey Griffith
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Obituary for Frederick Harvey Griffith

Frederick Harvey Griffith was born on February 2nd, 1939 in Detroit, MI. His parents were Genevieve (Garrity) Griffith and James Griffith.

Fred grew up in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit where he made lifelong friends and proudly mastered the “Warrendale Windmill.” As a young boy, Fred enjoyed drinking Coca Cola with peanuts. He was a hard working Irish lad and wore many hats in his formative years. Fred was a paperboy, bowling pin setter, and a milk truck jumper who collected milk jars from people’s porches. At the age of 13, Fred purchased his first car: a 1941 Black Ford Coupe for $25. The quick-witted Fred fixed it up and turned it around for $35. He then spent the money on lotto scratchers.

At the age of 18, Fred joined the US Army and proudly served his country in the 82nd Airborne. He put his previous experience as a milk truck jumper to good use in the Army and volunteered to jump out of planes during his time in the service. He was honorably discharged in 1960. After his time in the Army, Fred worked for the City of Detroit as a truck driver, hauling trash and plowing snow. In 1960, Fred married Joan Carol Knight and had three sons, Thomas, James, and Marc. Their marriage ended amicably and the two remained friends. Fred enjoyed going to Harsens Island on Lake St. Clair on weekends with his 27-foot cabin cruiser and his boys along for the ride. They enjoyed good times together around the campfire and fishing on the lake.

In 1974, Fred began to work for North Electric and worked there until he retired. When Fred was 40, he met the love of his life Marie (Bertoia.) The two met while Marie was working her last shift on a catering truck at Ford Motors. Fred and Marie married in 1981 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. Fred said, “I became the man I was supposed to be” when he met Marie.

Fred brought laughter, a rock solid work ethic, and many failed attempts to become “one of the paesans” in Marie’s big Italian family as a 6 foot Irishman who didn’t like pasta. He became the most loving and devoted step-father to Mary, Joe, Vince, John, and Tony. Fred was known as ‘grandpa’ and ‘papa’ to his many grandchildren and blessed them with his funny stories and recollections of simpler times. He was amazed and proud of every single one of them: Emily, David, Angela, Vince Jr., Joe, Michelle, Maria, Stephanie, Melissa, Anthony, Sabrina, Mario, Teresa, Samantha, Elisa, Nicole, Antonio, Kayla, Adam, Haley, and Sofia. Papa loved them with all his heart.

Fred enjoyed playing poker, crossword puzzles, reading the newspaper, going to the casino, boating, fishing, watching Jeopardy, making breakfast for his grandkids, and spending time with his family. He was a proud member of The Peabrain’s, a group of six couples who were all lifelong friends. The Peabrain’s had many larger-than-life parties with lots of laughs. Fred’s favorite Irish Bar in town was The Tipperary, where he made lots of wonderful friends and sang his favorite Irish songs. Fred and Marie built their dream home in Milford, MI, whose doors were open to everyone.

Fred battled several health issues in the last few years of his life but in the midst of his hurdles, he was always cheerful and loved seeing his friends and family. He found great solace in visiting the Fr. Solanus Casey Center to pray. Fred died peacefully surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Fred is survived by his wife Marie, son, James Griffith, and his wife Patricia, granddaughter Melissa and grandson Adam; son Marc Griffith, his wife Kathy, and granddaughters Samantha, Kayla, and Haley; daughter Mary Petrilli, her husband Anthony, granddaughter Angela and grandson Joseph;
son Joe Meo, his wife Ann, granddaughter Emily Treadway (Chad) and great-granddaughters Hadley and Stella; son Vince Meo, his wife Diane, grandsons Vince and Anthony, granddaughters Teresa and Maria Wagner (Daniel); son John Meo, grandsons Mario and Antonio, and granddaughters Elisa and Sofia; son Tony Meo, wife Debbie, granddaughters Sabrina (fiancé Josh Wood) and Nicole; Thomas Griffith’s children, granddaughters Michelle, Stephanie and grandson David.

Fred was preceded in death by his son Thomas Griffith.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 3pm to 9pm with a Rosary at 7:30pm.

Military Honors and Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10 AM. There will be a luncheon at Bakers of Milford following the funeral service where Fred wanted a true Irish Wake in his honor.

For further information, please phone 248-684-6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

22

Nov

3:00 PM 11/22/2019 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 11/22/2019 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Rosary 7:30 PM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

23

Nov

10:00 AM 11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Gathering to begin at 9 AM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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