William R. Griffin Jr.
William R. Griffin Jr., born September 25th 1951, passed away at home in the early morning hours of September 26th 2017.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was the son of William R. and Regina (née Enderlyn) Griffin. He attended Germantown Academy and was a member of the class of 1969. He matriculated to Lafayette College, where he was the captain of the varsity lacrosse team, and graduated in 1973. Bill enjoyed a long and successful career in the electronics manufacturing industry, serving as president of Pennsylvania Wire and Cable for 27 years.
An avid golfer, Bill was a past member of The Philadelphia Cricket Club and one of the highlights of his life was shooting a 69 at the Club’s historic Wissahickon course. Bill was also a member of the Ausable Club in St. Huberts, New York, where he spent vacations with his wife and children. He was an accomplished skier, hunter, and fisherman, pastimes he shared with his family and friends. Bill was also a vocal and passionate fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and his perfect day included 18 holes in the morning followed by an Eagles win in the afternoon.
A loving husband and father, Bill was a devoted friend known for cultivating and maintaining many lifelong friendships. He will be remembered for his positive yet pragmatic approach to life and was a person who treated his responsibilities as a privilege and the enjoyment of good times as a responsibility.
He is survived by his wife Lydia (née Williams), his sons William Norris and Samuel Gillmore, his daughter Eliza Franklin, as well as his sister Helen Griffin-Shelley, her husband Eric and their children, Eric and Megan.
Burial will be private. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday October 28th 2-4 pm Sunnybrook Golf Club, 398 Stenton Ave, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to the Ausable Club Preservation Foundation, 137 Ausable Road St. Huberts, New York 12943, attn. Lindsay Java, or to Germantown Academy, 340 Morris Road, attn. Goodman House, Fort Washington, Pa. 19034.
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Griff. We spent many a wonderful day on the golf courses at North Hills CC and Philadelphia Cricket Club. Bill was a good friend. It was a privelege to know him.
My condolences to his family.
Hi Billy and Helen! Just happened on this today. So many wonderful memories from our boyhood. Love to all the Griffins and your families. Billy was my best friend in my boyhood. Still is in many ways. Love to you to Helen.
Blessings Billy! And love to your lovely family! Hi Helen! My best friend throughout my boyhood! Pray for me buddy!