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James H. Griffin, 88, passed away at home on August 2, 2019. He struggled with the after effects of two strokes that occurred in his mid to late-seventies and can now be peacefully reunited with his wife Rosemary.
Jim was born at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron to Henry and Josephine Griffin and was a lifelong resident of Akron. He graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1947, and later received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron. Jim loved to learn and subsequently earned a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. He spent several years working at his father’s business, the Dining Car Tea Company. Jim’s love of business and doing things his own way inspired him to start his own company, Kromhard Twist Drill, which has been open for business for over sixty years.
Jim was a hard-working man who prided himself in providing financially for his family. He loved working and often referred to his business as “a little bit of heaven.” In addition to his business and raising his two sons, he was dedicated to caring for his beloved wife for many years during her extended illness. He will be remembered for his never-ending sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone who asked. He also enjoyed playing the organ and traveling with his family during many summer vacations. Jim supported many charitable organizations, was a devout practicing Catholic and was a member of St. Sebastian parish.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Griffin, in 2013, and his parents Henry and Josephine Griffin. He is survived by his two sons, Mike Griffin (and wife Julie) of Midland, Michigan, and Thomas Griffin (and wife Terina) of Copley, and seven grandchildren, Trista, Tiffany, Joey, Alex, Natalie, Dominic, and Theo, and nieces, Debra Peterson (and husband Jeff) of Virginia, and Diane Del Greco of Akron.
Calling hours will be at Ciriello Carr funeral home at 39 South Miller Road in Fairlawn on Wednesday, August 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 am at St. Sebastian Church at 476 Mull Avenue in Akron, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron.