In loving memory of

John Barton Griffin,
December 31, 1969 - December 31, 1969

John Barton Griffin, Jr. age 68 of Carmel passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Born May 30, 1941 to the late John Barton & Margaret Mary (Quinn) Griffin of Indianapolis, John attended Holy Cross & St. Joan of Arc grade schools, Cathedral High School and St. Joseph?s College in Rensselaer. John joined his dad at Griffin Dairy Sales and worked there until 1993. He then held various sales positions, including at Thermoshield & NuSash, before retiring in 2005. He also served in the U.S Army Reserves, Postal Division. John was preceded in death by his sister Sister Sheila Mary Griffin, SP. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #437, Carmel Sertoma and Carmel American Legion. John had many hobbies including travel, newspaper and magazine reading, gardening, and performing in different theater groups, including winning the Encore Award for the best actor in the city of Indianapolis. The love of John?s life was his family and friends including his wife of 41 years Carolyn Emge Griffin, formerly of Evansville, IN, his children and their spouses; John Barton (Molly) Griffin III, Amy (Matthew) Henninger, and Erin (Brian) Sullivan. John?s sister; Margaret Mary ?Mardi? Clemens and brother; Kevin (Dorina) Griffin also survive. His seven grandchildren who had brought him great joy include, John ?Jack? Barton IV and Mary Carolyn Griffin, Lillian Susanne and John Ambrose Henninger, Grace Carolyn, Clare Marie and Quinn Brian Sullivan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 11:00 am in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church with calling one hour prior to the Mass. A calling will also be Friday, June 26, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel, 900 N. Rangeline Road, Carmel. You are invited to visit the website where you may share a memory of John, sign the guest book or make memorial contributions to the Sisters of Providence or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.


Linda Higgins wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I truly will miss John's enthusiasm when he would call to discuss NASCAR "picks." I shall never forget his excitement when he called to tell me he was going to the Bristol race! I will always remember John as a happy, happy man - always with a smile (and a joke or two!)."

Pete Fleury wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I always remember my cousin John as my de facto "big brother" when I was growing up. Whenever I visited Indianapolis from NY and stayed with John, I always marveled at all the really cool stuff he knew with 3 more years of worldly experience than me. I am really going to miss him."

The Cast and Crew of It's a Wonderful Life wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We will always remember John as Clarence the Angel and we pray John doesn't have to wait too long to get his wings. We know he deserves them!Heaven's theater just got a new star."

Joe Spangler wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn,John,Amy,Erin and Kevin,I was so sorry to see the sad announcement in this morning's Star. The Spanglers share your family's grief and sorrow. I knew that Karen Beck and Mary Zajac were vacationing in California this week and called Karen's cell phone to pass the sad news along to them. Although it's been many years since my days at OLMC, I still count them as some of the best times of my life and your family was a big part of those happy memories. I hope and trust that it will not be a somber funeral, but rather a celebration of his life and contributions, a good Irish Wake! Our prayers are with you all.Joe, Barbara, and Jacob Spangler"

Karla Ries wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"John will always hold a special place in my heart as my dear Clarence in It's a Wonderful LIfe. He epitomized the role of angel. I'm ringing bells all day for him. Carolyn, our love and prayers to you and your family at your time of loss. "

Kevin O'Dowd wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family, I was so saddened to learn of John's passing. His wonderful personality, smile, intelligence and wit will be greatly missed. It was always a pleasure to see the arrival of your family at the intersection of Kensington and Nevada. We will remember John fondly and keep you in our thoughts and prayers.Love, Kevin O'Dowd and family "

Mary Jo Huff wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"God definitely has His own plan and we cannot understand. Keep those wonderful family stories alive in your hearts and tell them over and over. You all are in my thoughts and prayers and I will always remember John's smile and the fun he had at the class reunions. Mary Jo"

John and Barbara Becker wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn, I received you message yesterday. Barb and I are so sad. As you know John and spoke just less than two weeks ago about what to see at the place we were going because he knew the area so well. He said that he expected a full summary when we returned. You know that John was a person that within 3 seconds after meeting him, you knew you had a friend forever because of that smile and manner he possessed. Now our Lord will enjoy that smile and manner. I will miss John greatly. My prayers to you and to your families. You and I will talk later.God Bless "

Dan & Joan Hause wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"What a great friend. He always had a great smile on his face.I signed him up as a member of are American Legion Post 155 Carmel. He was a great Veteran.He always came in with his other Veterans buddy's to bid on the race cars and to watch the races both the 500 and the Brickyard. We talked on the phone alot about Nascar pool and joining the White River Yacht Club.I will really miss him and all of the times we talked.God Bless to you and your FamilyLoveDan and Joan Hause"

Susan Schuh wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffins,I am sitting at the kitchen table crying reading Mr. Griff's obituary. I know how heartbroken, shocked, and devastated you all must be. He was just one of those people that everyone wanted to know and be around - his humor is what I will remember most. I know in these next few days you are going to hear so many wonderful things about him from the so many people that loved him. I will be praying so much for your sadness and pain. Love, Susan (Freiburger) Schuh"

Carroll and Jim morton & family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"A good husband,father,grandfather and dear friend. John always had a quip or joke to tell any time I was around him. The classic smile as shown in the obit picture was as much his signature as if it were written out!! Our son Jimmy was a John favorite and loved to be around him on the various getogethers. God bless all of you.Jim Morton"

LeeAnn (Higgins) Clifford wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Stretch and Allison wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Mr. Griff will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always remember the new nickname and Allison has fond memories of being welcomed with open arms eveytime we came to visit. A true loss but this weekend will be a testament to the lives touched and enhanced by knowing John."

Robert L. Stevenson wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I may speak for all your buddies that go to Indians games, lunch, and other events with you John. We are the lucky ones because we can call you our friend. You showed us the values of family, sports, and music and always will be the center of our thoughts. Gone way too soon. Rest in peace and thanks for your friendship. Bob"

Rosemarie (Sylvester) Kelly and Bob Kelly wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I am so saddened to read about the passing of Mr. Griffin. That's how I knew him most of my life as he was a good friend of my dad, Jerry "Chico" Sylvester. My husband, Bob Kelly (son of Joe Kelly of Sacred Heart and Butler University) have so many fond memories of John. His laughter, his smile, his friendship, his love of sports, music, and just life in general. We remember meeting up with him at Indians games with my dad and at other social events. He was always so proud to talk about his children and dear Carolyn. We are so sorry we can't come to the calling tomorrow, but your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. And after reading some of these posts, I'm saddened that we didn't get to see John portray Clarence in It's A Wonderful Life, Here's betting that somewhere a bell is ringing and John already has earned his wings. We'll see you again on the other side."

Lee Longstreth wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"My daughter, Leanne, reminded me last night how lucky I was to have had the chance to hangout with John and enjoy time with him and his other buddies since moving back to Indy this past October. It was more than 30 years ago when John call and introduced himself to me. He had met my good friend from my home town of Galion, Ohio while vacationing in Florida and took the time to call and invite me and my wife to visit with him and Carolyn. We were living in Zionsville at that time and attending Our Lady of Mount Carmel where our kids were attending school. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. We stayed close even after I moved to Louisville. The Griffins, led by this great man, took us under their wing and introduced us to many of their friends and family. John was my dearest friend but I realize that many others considered him that as well. I will really miss this guy."

Sarah and Glenn Russell wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Glenn and I are so incredibly sad to learn of John's death. It's impossible to imagine as John was always so full of life. He was a wonderful man and terrific neighbor. He always took the time to connect with us and our children. He will be truly missed by the entire Russell family. Carolyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love, Sarah"

Anthea Knapp Turner wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffin Family, My memories of Mr. Griffin will always be of his wonderfully contagious giggle and a face & smile that lit up the world! He was a beautiful man that will be legendary for his energy and love of life. Carolyn - you and John were a match made in heaven and an inspiration for all married couples! Thank you! With Love and Prayers, Anthea (Knapp) & Shane Turner"

Linda (Courtney) Gorrell wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dearest Carolyn and family,Marcy sent me an email regarding John and a copy of the obit. While we don't see each other often, his death touches me deeply. John's smile is what first crossed my mind as I was reading about this wonderful man. I always felt John's support and encouragement to me as a person, as a friend and as single mom raising my children at OLMC. John always, always, made it a point to talk to me, joke with me and to make sure we visited at get-togethers, if only for a minute or two. I will let my children know of John's new life with Christ. They will share in our sadness and rejoice with our Lord in his new life. Love and Blessings to you, Carolyn and your children and the rest of the family. My heart aches for you. Blessings, Linda"

The Salentine Family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We want to share our condolences at the loss of your wonderful father, brother, husband, grandfather -- we'll never forget his constant smile and love and adoration of his family."

Mary Ellen Cain Woods wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have known John for many years, as he and my brother Jim were good friends. John spent time at our house when we were all growing up. His sense of humor was one that no one will forget. What a loss for so many people. God be with you and your family during this difficult time."

Joe & JoEllen Kempler wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn & Griffin Family .. our hearts are saddened with the news that John passed away. We know that he will be missed by everyone he touched in this way. I felt privledged to know him and enjoyed chatting on Wednesday mornings. Joey & I send our condolences and loving wishes to the entire Griffin family. Joe"

Judy and Tom Malueg wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,We are so shocked and saddened by John's passing. It is hard to think back to less than two months ago when we were all together to celebrate Annette's birthday. We are so thankful that we had that time with you and John and could be reminded what a special person he was. He was such a vibrant guy, so funny and warm with that great smile. It was truly a gift to be with him. We would guess he would want his passing to be a celebration of his life - a life that was full of love, faith, happiness and lots of fun. Those loved ones in heaven who he is reunited with are the winners here. It's hardest for those left behind who grieve his absence among us, but look forward to being with him again in heaven. Carolyn, you and Johnny, Amy and Erin are in our prayers. We are with you in spirit and hold you close in our hearts.Love and sympathy,Judy and Tom Malueg"

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Patsy See wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,John was the swellest of swell guys. I will miss his Irish laughter, ready wit, and open heart. I'm so, so sorry that he's gone. "

Dave Yeaman wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I'm sorry for your loss. John was in the 331st BPO Army Reserve unit with me and always had something funny to say to keep everyone going when we needed to. I also saw John at Conseco Fieldhouse at some event and we talked for quite awhile during Intermission. He came down to see me purposely at the entrance where I work. He was a very fine friend and will be missed. "

Mary Beth (Roush) Bloomfield wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"This message is for the whole family, but especially for Amy. I just want to say how sorry I am to hear about your Dad. I know you are very close to your family and this must be so hard for you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.Mary Beth (Roush) Bloomfield"

Tom and Jeanine O'Dowd wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We are so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was always one of the brightest spots when we were in his presence. His warm hello and upbeat style will always be remembered. Regardless of how much time had passed since last seeing each other, you could always pick-up where you left off.He will be missed. He was a very sweet man. Tom & Jeanine O'DowdOur deepest sympathies to Carolyn, his children, Mardi, Kevin and family."

Kelly Marburger Novak wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderfully charismatic person. I will always fondly remember the "coke" battle between him and my Dad.Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help."

Elaine Frost wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family and friends are close by to comfort you. And I know you have many many happy memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you."

Tony Collins and family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffins,We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you. God Bless."

Jim & Mary Richard wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear John & Griffin Family..... I never actually met your father in person but my earliest memories of actually "knowing" him when John was a senior at Carmel High School I would call John to talk about how the football team was doing & other high school related things & your dad would always get on the subject of the Cincinnati Reds & thats what I remember most about him...& even to this day John & I still discuss the Reds....being passed down to John I just cannot tell you enough how truly sorry I am to hear about your fathers passing....he was a good,caring & kind individual & I know he will be missed by all that knew & loved him.....with deepest sympathy, Jim & Mary Richard"

Jim & Mary Richard wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear John & Griffin Family..... I never actually met your father in person but my earliest memories of actually "knowing" him when John was a senior at Carmel High School I would call John to talk about how the football team was doing & other high school related things & your dad would always get on the subject of the Cincinnati Reds & thats what I remember most about him...& even to this day John & I still discuss the Reds....being passed down to John I just cannot tell you enough how truly sorry I am to hear about your fathers passing....he was a good,caring & kind individual & I know he will be missed by all that knew & loved him.....with deepest sympathy, Jim & Mary Richard"

Martha and Bob Linnell wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We were incredibly shocked and deeply saddened to learn of John"

Jim Hoover wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, Peggy and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies and tell you that we share in your loss. However, even though this is a sad time, our faces are smiling through the tears as we recall the moments of laughter and "craziness" of Griff and you. We regret that we are unable to attend the funeral services and calling hours. Please keep in touch. We love you and will pray for your strength and comfort in these difficult times. Please stay in touch. "

Andy King wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"My fond memories of John can be summarised into the fact that he was one of the most engaging and funny people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. On top of that, he and his family and friends made me feel so welcome on a trip to the US, now many years back. Our thoughts are with you all.Andy King and family"

Matt Henninger, son-in-law wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Mr. Griff, You were the best man that I have known. A great Father-in-Law and one of my best friends, as we spent many hours on the phone exchanging "Full Reports" One of my favorite memories was Amy and I taking you and Carolyn to the Tony Bennett concert at Indy Jazz Fest on a perfect Father's Day with a full moon and beautiful music. You were the best Grandpa to Lillian and Johnny and we all are going to miss your "Grandpa Smooches" You lived life to the fullest and your thirst for knowledge was remarkable. Your Catholic values for everyday living are to be immulated. Thank you for the gift of your daughter Amy, as your love shines through her and our family. Thank you for being a mentor and I am proud to call you one of my best friends. You have left a lasting impression on all who met you and your stories will always leave us with a smile. I love you Grandpa. God blessed us the day you were born. Love, Matt"

Maura (McNamara) Fortune & Russ Fortune wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn & family, We are so very sorry for your loss. John was always so jovial and fun to be around, he was just "the life of the party". We were very blessed to have known him. Know that you are all in our prayers during this difficult time you face. We regret that we are not able to make the services but you will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.Maura (McNamara) & Russ Fortune"

Patty Leonardi wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Our sincere condolences go out to Carolyn, John's children and Grandchildren. John was just wonderful to be around...If you were lucky enough to have known were lucky enough!"

Diana Simmons wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I vividly remember meeting Mr. Griffin for the first time, after introducing myself as Matt's cousin, we spoke for a few minutes and he asked me " what high school do you go to?" I was around 25 at the time, so this thrilled me beyond words and I became an instant fan of John Griffin! He was warm, generous, kind, gracious, hospitable and just plain hilarious. A fantastic role model for his children as they have all inherited these same traits. Carolyn, John, Molly, Amy, Matt, Erin and Brian I am so sorry for your loss. All our love and prayers."

Robb Voellinger wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn, John, Amy, and Erin,I was terribly sorry to learn of Mr. Griffin"

Marilyn & Jim Greenfield wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We were saddened to hear of John's passing. Jim will miss the newspaper articles and lunches with John and Art. Jim always looked forward to the annual baseball game with John. A bright light has gone out and I will forever miss "Frank". The world has lost a great family man and husband and a "good buddy" to his friends. Our prayers are with you and your family Carolyn. Love to you all."

Jack Carr Boyd, 135 Edgewater Dr. wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"The flesh is great to press, but it is the memories that sustain our journeys. We each have loved ones that have been taken form US and to this we are sorrowful, but it is truly our memories that give US the spunk to face our lives... in God's ways... to gather up those around US...our family, our friends and our good business colleges to draw them to US for our love that we have to share...John is a good FAMILY friend that will be missed, loved and always remembered for his memories that he has sharred with go forth and always Remember....."Kiss your Loved Ones often....and OFTEN is Never Enough..."Jack Carr Boyd 06/25/09"

Sheila (Smith) Formisani wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Some of the best memories of my childhood have John Griffin as a part. He was like an uncle to me, and I treasure knowing and loving all of you. What a gift he was to all of us who were lucky enough to know him. He was who we all wish we could be. He worked hard, prayed hard and played hard, and was an incredible example to all of us of how a life should be lived. The only flaw was that is was cut too short. I will miss him so much, but I know his spirit will live on in Johnny, Amy and Erin and all the beautiful grandchildren. I'd like to believe John and Colleen and maybe even Matt Maloney are playing Trivia Pursuit with God. And all convinced they're right. God bless you all. I love you, Sheila"

Joan and Herb Duncan wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,We met through Annette and Jim Post, our mutual friends. We will remember several fun evenings with you and John. He was an instantly likeable guy with enthusiasm beyond compare. Our hearts are saddened to learn of your loss. God bless you and your family as you move through your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Sincerely and with love,Joan and Herb"

Dena Bonaventura-Tyson wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffins...I am soo very sorry to have heard this news. Your father/husband was such a WONDERFUL and hilarious man! I can remember the bonfire out back at your home..... Oh lord he is unforgettable. I send my love and prayers to you all..Dena"

Truly Pye Hamlin wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffins,My deepest sympathy to all of you at the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I will always remember his kindness and humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you."

Leanne (Longstreth) Batchelder wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I'm struggling to find the words to describe how much Mr. Griffin has meant to me and to my family. He was such a generous, loving, and joyful man. I will never forget our families' trip to Kings Island when I was a little girl, and how silly Mr. Griffin was--especially shocking everyone in the elevator when he "answered" the mini-telephone that was ringing inside his suit coat--long before the days of cell phones! I have so many fond memories; I will treasure them forever. Mrs. Griffin, Johnny, Amy, and Erin--my heart goes out to all of you. Leanne"

Bill and Rose Currie wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,We are deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. He was a dear friend and all- around gentleman, and I have fond memories of our times together at St. Joan of Arc for Cub Scouts, altar servers, and recently all the wonderful SJA reunions. We were blessed to see you both on our May visit and share a lovely dinner. We send you our love, care and prayers. Love, Bill and Rose"

Melissa Mowat wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and Family,I acted with John in "It's a Wonderful Life" and I also came over to your house (Carolyn) for one of the cast parties and had some really great food and cake! John was one of my favorite parts about that show, and I really mean that. First of all, he was a tremendous actor... I remember thinking how amazing he was at playing two very opposite roles of Mr. Potter and Clarence the Angel in such a convincing and thorough way. He really reached a depth with those characters which was very hard to do considering that it was a radio play. I had the opportunity and priviledge to have several great conversations with John. And he talked about his wonderful family, and his love of theatre, and his life... John also did something else that was really amazing. He was always joking with me and the other cast members, and he would always encourage me. He would always say things to me that my own grandpa would have said to me. I am saddened to hear about his passing away, but I am also so very glad that someone with that much joy and love and enthusiasm for life was able to touch my life (and apparently so many many more).Thank you John. "

Alison Anderson wrote on Nov 13, 2012:


Kevin Marburger wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffins,I'm truly sorry to hear the news. I have a lot of great memories of hanging out at the Griffins on long summer nights, listening to (and complaining about) the Reds. One night in particular, it was so incredibly hot, "Big Griff" loaded us into one of his air craft carrier-sized convertibles and we drove around drinking coke floats from McDonalds while listening to Marty & Joe. Nick Esasky hit a game winning home run and Big Griff started blasting the horn all thru the OLMC neighborhood. He gave all of those who knew him many great memories. I'll remember him as always having a smile on his face and a story or two ready to tell. "

Major (Retired) T. Kevin Griffin MA wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"There are three stories I will copy down here about my brother. They are ones that nobody knows and should. With him our military heritage goes back to when he was in church as a young child. Mom would let him bring a few things to entertain himself. She noticed John had put a toy soldier up on the top of the pew. When she whispered to him to take it down he said, "But, mom, he's guarding!" When I was about 12 he went out and bought me some foot ball shoes and for a short period of time he would get me up early in the morning and we would go over to Butler in what was then a big field where the now library stands. There was a lone tree at the end of the field where the dormitories stood, and we would run to there from the street at the other end where Clowes Hall now stands and back. He started it, but it would be several years before I went on to play elementary and high school football. But as we used to protest to our mother, "...he started it!"That was also the field where Pop taught us how to fly a kite.Ten years later it was my turn to finish the family tradition that Pop started of sending us " the old country..." to "...see where you came from." He inspected my preparations. He looked at my luggage and packing and then looked ay me and said, "Don't waste time sleeping if you can go see something." Certainly a contributing factor to my having traveled around the world."

Doris Moore wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,My last memory of John was pulling this huge fork out of his pocket at dinner. What a fun and happy guy, his sense of humor and great personality was loved by all.My prayers go out to you and your family and a special hug is sent to Lillian. "

Sally and Terry Murphy wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Erin, Mrs. Griffin and family,We are very saddened to hear of your loss. The entries written here are such wonderful testimonies to the life your father led. He has left an indelible footprint on many souls. We wish we knew him better, but are so grateful to know you. God bless and comfort you and your family at this time! You all will be in our prayers!"

Kristin (VanDyne) Parisi wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Anthony and I have fond memories of riding on Mr. Griffin's tractor during fall parties at the Griffin house. Carving pumpkins in the garage was always fun at his house! Amy - we are both so sorry for you and your children. Your dad was a great man and he will be missed dearly by so many people. You are in our prayers."

Kyle and Emily (Hahn) Bartlett wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffin Family:John was so full of life and laughter! I will always remember his big smile and joking with my dad at the K of C, talking about the football pool and the "Sunday Funnies," and older times at OLMC. Your family has always reminded me so much of ours, very close-knit and lots of fun. The tributes to his life on this page speak volumes of the man he was and how he can be remembered. I'll pray that you can keep your memories of him dear to your heart so you can continue to share his life with others, and for strength and comfort for you all."

Joe Murray wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn, John, Amy, Erin, Mardi, & Kevin:There are no words to express my sense of sorrow other than to say that I share your loss and send my heartfelt sympathy to all the family on the passing of a truly wonderful man."

Tom Fleury wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, John, Amy, and Erin,I can't make it to the funeral, but if I could speak there, I would say this:I'm John's cousin, and probably spent less time with him than most of you here. But since John always insisted that my wife Becky and I come to Indy for the important family functions, I'm certain I'd have been on his invitation list today.John was instrumental in shaping a key part of who I am. He took me to my first MLB game, where (he loved to tell me this one later) I looked up at him wide-eyed and said "I can't believe I'm seeing Willie Mays". But it was the Reds, not the Giants, that I became a lifelong fan of because of John. Same thing with the Bengals, he took me to my first NFL game in Cincy, and I've been hooked on them (for better or worse) ever since. So thanks Cousin John for giving me my pro sports identity.John was a man of great faith, me, not so much. But for now, I really, really hope that John is right on that, because if he is, it means that one of these days, we're going to hook back up in heaven and I'll get to hear a LOT of great stories I never got to hear about his family and friends, and we'll talk about history and politics and the Reds and Bengals and Bears, etc. etc. etc. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to that!" henninger wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"sending my deepest sympathy and love to you all who God has blessed me with as some of my most important people in my life. johns death saddens me so...and yet GOD LOVED US ENOUGH TO GIVE US HIM. My life is better because of my true friendship with him and i am thankful that you all are my family and are always in my heart. My fellow priesta and i here at the Mayo clinic have and will continue to offer mass and their sweet prayers for John and you all....I wish i was there with you all...but know i would be if possible...yet i am in spirit.. John was such a great example...a man dedicated to our GOD and family, who loved every minute of life...and i AGAIN I AM BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM, AND TO KNOW OUR PRECIOUS FAMILY. Words are inadequate...yet again know you all are loved very, very much, fr. george "

Roger and Anne Bickel wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Our prayers and thoughts are with you."

Mitzi Macaluso wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffin Family,Our family feels for you during this time of loss. Mr. Griffin was a wonderful man with quick wit and an even quicker smile. I truly enjoyed meeting your daughter, Amy, in college and getting to know your family. I was blessed to have Jack in class this year and witness even more what a wonderful family you are. I will miss Mr. Griffin playing Santa this year at the Tri Kappa breakfast., with his sparking blue eyes, he could really make you believe! You are in our thoughts and prayers.Love, Mitzi, Matt, and Merrick Macaluso"

Danny, Rita, Colleen O'Malia wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"God Bless John...We will surely miss him. So many great memories! -The O'Malias"

Shannon Hall wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffin Family - I have SUCH FOND memories of spending time not only with Erin, but the entire family at 32 Bennet. Your dad was such a friendly, funny, welcoming person and I loved him!! I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers!Love, Shannon"

Vicki Schneider Temple wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We always loved seeing you walking around the neighborhood and seeing you at Mass. Mr. Griffin was such an wonderful and nice man.Vicki, Dave, Caroline and Mary Kate Temple"

Dave, Lori & Allie Gilreath wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffins, Henningers, Sullivans - We love you all so much and our hearts are breaking for you. John will so be remembered by us for his awesome smile. You always felt welcome in his presence. We have so many memories of him that just make us smile. We love you guys.Dave, Lori & Allie"

Mark and Kim Hannon wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn and family,John will be truly missed on our block and to all that had the privilege to know him. We will always remember his joy of life, his affection for all that is Irish, and the love that was so evident for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark, Kim, Riley and Shea Hannon."

Terry & Carrie Beausir wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffins,Henningers, and Sullivans,We are so sorry to hear about John. You all are such a beautiful family and I have great memories of your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you,love Carrie and Terry Beausir"

Amy Marckese wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"A man can surely be judged by the family he has created...and this family is one of the best I have ever known. I met Erin and Amy seperately and knew them for years before knowing they were all came together when I realized who their parents were. You made everyone laugh, all the were more contagious than you will ever know. love, Marckese"

Bobby Nester wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Mrs. Griffin and family,Every time I came home to visit my family I made it a point to visit Mr. Grif for I so enjoyed our conversations we had. I will always treasure the moments and conversations we had from things like the latest newspaper clippings he would send me, the upcoming Boiler football season, the family, movies, our travels or simply sharing a famous milkshake or coke. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bobby"

Alison Pelletiere wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffin Family,My heart breaks for all of you as we have lost an extraordinary man. I am a better person for knowing him and I thank all of you for welcoming me into your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. May you feel God's loving arms around you and find comfort in knowing that we be reunited again in heaven. Godspeed, John!Love,The Pelletiere Family"

Brendan McNamara & Stephanie Again wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffin Family,I will always remember Mr. Griffin as the fun(ny) guy down the street. I recall walking through your front yard on my way to school at OLMC and seeing John taking out the trash or getting off to work. Just one of the most jovial, outgoing and welcoming people I have ever known... I feel very fortunate to have grown up with your family and John will be greatly missed. Stephanie and I have you in our prayers. "

gail and bob brown and family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Even though wehave never met John, we discovered through photos viewed while waiting in line at the funeral viewing, where John (his son) gets his infectious smile!!!!Our hearts are with you at this sad time. "

Patrick Weigman wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn, Please accept my condolences."

Ronnie Berry wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I cherish the memories of Big Griff and the time we spent with him at the Lambda Chi house while John and I were at Butler. His weekly dairy deliveries provided fun times talking sports and current events. We always called that time an "internship" as he used the phone in our room to make sales calls. They were the beginnings of a father-like relationship he had with all of us. We'll really miss you Big Griff. You can count on us always being there for you and the family. God Bless and we'll meet again one day. Save us a seat in the big bleachers upstairs."

Fritz Schmidt wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"John, My thoughts are with you and your family. Thanks for your hospitality during automobile race weekend . Thanks for introducing me to Bob. God Bless, Love, Fritz SchmidtGermany"

Delaney Drew wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

" I'm so sorry we can't be there for you in this time of incredible heartache. John was an genuine person and my family and I consider you both great friends. You were both so quick to befriend us on our GCT trip together. I have some fond memories that I will never forget. You are such a warm family and i am so lucky to know you! I am so glad I was able to know John, he is definitely one that touches lives. Much much love and sympathy! (Were on a GCT tour right now and just two days ago Danny and I were saying how there were not "Griffins" on this tour) "

Danny Drew wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I cannot even begin to say how much I will miss Mr. Griffin. He was my fellow sports junky, my recruiter and my friend. He is my role model. His kindness has shown me who i want to be.The joy he brought into my families life is unreplaceable. He will be greatly missed."

Scott and Pam Drew wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, johnny, Amy and Erin,We are so thankful that Johnny called us yesterday. We talked of the irony that the reason we are not with you today, is that we are with Grand Circle, in Europe, where we first met you, only a brief, but event filled two years ago. We feel as if we have known you for years. In fact, as we were at breakfast yesterday with a bunch of humorless folks twice my age, Danny blurted, "Looks like trip needs a couple of Griffins on it". We so wish we could be with you today. It was two years ago this week when our paths first intersected. Approaching the world famous, and really overrated, studednt prison at Heidelburg, and all of us couldnt believe we were climbing up this narrow stairs at 100 degrees and 100% humidity to a musty, smelly hole. The friendship began.So many outstanding memories flood through us today. most important to us was our nite at a Danube shore tavern. John decided that at 18 and 16, Danny and Delaney were old enough to join the four of us for a few Stella Artois' riverside, and the six of us sat for a couple of hours getting to know each other. John and Carolyn were on a boat with dozens of folks their either knew or where just one degree of separation from knowing, yet had the energy and outgoingness to make four new friends--two of them teenagers. This was the wonderful spirit and personality of john and \carolyn. So many more wonderful things happened on that trip, including the lost cause of Carolyn trying to teach Danny and Delaney bridge; John and I gave up in search of a beer.The friendship seemed cemented when we watched fireworks that night at midnight, and I was to tired to go, Carolyn inisted, so I showed up in my PJ'S; John found more beer. Most importantly for us, over the two years, John had a profound impact on both of our kids, but Danny particularly. He observed Johns gregarious personality, his sucessful marriage, and his obvious love of his kids and grandkids. Danny doesnt have many friends John's age, but john had a way about him that attracted people to him. john was the primary influence in Danny decision to attend Butler University. He was (And is) looking forward to attending, but know with a bitter caveat. But know he has an extra incentive to be a well rounded, successfull bull dog--to honor his friend's memory and make him proud.My last conversation with John shared our passion for Amercian history. He called to let me know he read an article about a new ranking of presidents, with an unusual twist. It ranked John Tyler, (who) first. We talked for two hours--Pam and carolyn were thinking "what??" We were looking forward to continuing our conversation. We will be with Grand Cirle for the next two weeks. Doubtlessly, we will be reminicing about John as we raise our glasses and wipe our eyes. Delaney said last nite at dinner, " it 's just not fair, we had so much more to learn from him" and she is right. We had dared to think that we had an unlimited supply of John, and we wished we did. We all want more time with him to hear his stories. learn from his paternal wisdom, and roll with his infectious laugh. He was a great husband, dad , grand dad, friend and role model. We will miss him horribly, and celebrate the we had the opportunity to be a small part of a great man's life. please be surrounded by our arms today. We hope we can see you in Indy the weekend of july 12, when Danny has some stuff at Butler.much love, sympathy, joy, and celebration,The Drew'sScott, Pam Delaney and Danny"

Allison (Longstreth) and Bryan Lurie wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I've known the Griffin clan for most of my life, and will always remember the Indy 500 parties, playing crochet and badminton in the yard, having cookouts, and the constant laughter from all of the us upon hearing John's stories and jokes. I will cherish those memories of my childhood, and recall them often when I think of John. It meant so much to me to have them attend my wedding 1 year ago in Portland, and see John and Carolyn's smiling faces in the crowd. I heard many stories after the wedding from friends of mine who met the Griffin's that day, and fell in love with them, just like my family has over the years. I am very sad I can't be there this week to celebrate John's life, and send my heartfelt love and thoughts to Carolyn, Amy, Johnny, and Erin today. "

Christy Leighton Fillenwarth wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Griffin Family, I am so truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Griffin was so full of life and always had a smile on his face. He is really going to be missed! I know my dad will be there to great him in heaven! Your famiy is in our prayers!!!!!!"

George and Pam Faerber wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"George and Pam Faerber- lots of great memories particularly our stay together in Cancun. John and I decided to go deep sea fishing one day and I remeber John hanging off the front of the boat all day seasick. Never complained just did his duty. Fun times when the kids were going up together in Carmel. We are going to miss you John but are looking at seeing you again with God's grace in the future. If there is anyone deserving of his place in heaven, it's John Griffin! We are proud to have been able to know you and your great family!!"

Jim and Marcy Buzzelli wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Our prayers of comfort go out to Carolyn and all the Griffin family. We have enjoyed many a St. Patrick's Day glass of cheer with John and Carolyn. Here's to John and his new life in heaven. "

Lynne O'Day wrote on Nov 13, 2012:


Lynne O'Day wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn and Family, I was so saddened to read John' s obituary. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember the wonderful times we had at your house when the kids were small. John was always the life of the party and having a great time. It was fun to "catch up" at Michelle's wedding in Cincinnati, a few years ago. John and you had not changed. Kathy said that evening how she remembered our times together and how much happiness surrounded you and your family. I hope you realize how many people love you and wish to offer you strength and support during this very difficult time. "

Pearl Niehaus wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"My heart is aching for you and your family. I pray that you will be able to accept what God has ordained....May John's smile light up the heavens.Pearl"

Kristina Riemer wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Carolyn,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I did not know your John, but after reading some of the guest book comments, realize he must have been QUITE A WONDERFUL PERSON! My sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. May you find some comfort in the wonderful memories you and your family shared with John. Keep those close to your hearts in the days ahead. Blessings,Kris Riemer "

Judi Schneider wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn & Family:Although I never had the pleasure of meeting John, I feel that I know him after attending the services today. What a beautiful person he was and it is reflected in his beautiful family. I could easily tell how close you all were, plus the large number of friends that have been part of your lives. I am so sorry for the grief that you are forced to endure and hope that you will find consolation in your love for each other. I feel honored to have become acquainted with John, even just for today. With my deepest concern for you, Carolyn, and your family....... Love, Judi Schneider"

Kevin Bickel wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Erin, Amy, John, Mrs G. ,I'm so sorry for your loss. Your fahter was such an amazing man with so much love. When I heard that he passed away I cried and selfishly I worried about my father. You probably don't know but your father would visit with my father and get him away from home. He always made both of my parents laugh. Your father was a saint. "

Kathleen (Katie) Turk wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Joe and I will miss John so much. Whenever we were with him the whole world became so much more interesting. He opened minds to so many new ways to think about the most mundane things because of his great store of trivia and immense curiosity. Every moment held joy and satisfaction. John also was the link to my mother's family for me. Because of her early death, I lost contact with that side of my Irish heritage. John Barton Griffin, Sr, was one of my mother's favorite cousins and she lived with his family after coming to this country. Getting to know John in the 1980's gave me access to her history and family and John embodied the very best and most lovable of my memories. I am very grateful for that and to you, Carolyn, for sharing him with all of us.God truly shone in John's laughing face."til we meet again... "

Linda & Tim Hahn wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, John, Amy, Erin,John was a true friend. If he wasn't smiling, wait 5 many fun memories over the years... I'd like to share a story. After learning of John's medical situation, it was hard, for the next few days, to think of much else. He was constantly on our minds, and so many fond memories were remembered. John & I had an unwritten pact that anytime we saw each other , we'd both try to get in the first clever but friendly wiitty jabor practical joke. I've been described as pretty good at this, but John was better.... On Tuesday, June 23, I suppose a few hours before he died, I took the afternoon off, deciding to go to the Community pool. Armed with my newspaper I was on my way. John loved newspapers, and my 28 years at the Indy Star was not lost on John. We would always end up talking about newspapers, and he was pretty well-versed....Anyway, while reading the paper at the pool, I couldn't help think once again, about John. It was a perfectly still wind whatsoever, when suddenly, a gust came from took the newspaper out of my hand at went straight up in the air...It didn't blow in any direction..just straight up..other folks there just looked, sort of in disbelief. Some one said "was that a pool tornado? The wind wasn't blowing anywhere else, not to mentioned straight up like this one." The paper went straight up over the pool until you couldn't see it anymore...A lady sitting close by said, "I've never seen anything like that. What was it?" I just said, "I think a friend just said goodbye." Or as my son Matt said.."gotcha last". I later tried to dismiss this as a coincidence, but later at the mortuary when I saw the newspaper in the casket with John, I think I know ... Happy trails John, ...and thanks for being a friend.Tim"

Michael and Jynene Fry wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We had the pleasure of getting to know John (and the entire family) over the last few years when my parents moved in next door. Every time we came over to visit my parents, we hoped to see John outside... and would even go so far as to peek onto the porch hoping to get a little of his wit and wisdom. Whether it was my parents, us, or our kids, John took the time to be a friend to everyone. He was a real inspiration on how life should be lived!"

Jim Cuniffe wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I simply cannot put my feelings about "Griff " into words any better than others who have already written their piece. I can just say that I have lost one of the best friends I have ever had and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers. "Griff" was "one of a kind" and a truly good and thoughful guy. The Cuniffe family expresses their sincere condolences to the Griffin family.Jim Cuniffe"

John Marshall wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"So long Mr. Griff,I will always remember those great times having a few libations pre-fight night, during fight night, and post-fight night. Always my pleasure to be in your company at the WIBC table, share in laughter and talk fighting strategy while watching two "semi-pros" beat the crap out of each other - we hope. LOL. Always great fun, winding down each fight night over at the Red Key - a bar that holds a special memories for you and Carolyn.Do you remember paying a visit to Paul's Nursery at closing time? What started out as wanting to talk about "cross-pollination" concluded hours later at the nearby tavern following a pizza and several High-Life's. I also remember you picking up the tab as you excused youself to use the restroom. Lets also not foget our run as shuffleboard partners when you and Carolyn threw a "pre-engagement party" for Amy and Matt at your Zionsville home. Yes, that's right we were unbeatable - winning an almost unbelievably 74 games in a row. Thanks to you and Carolyn for your great hospitality, and the lawnmower ale. You were a great man, and you shall be missed. It has been my privledge to know you and your great family. So long."

Jack & Darlene Nussbaum wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, Johnny & Molly,It was truly our pleasure to know John. You only had to know John for a few minutes and you felt as though you had been his friend for years. We remember so many good times that we spent together. There were Purdue football games, the Red Barn Theatre or just gatherings anywhere. Of course the cruise that we took together was a big highlight. I never will forget when he stole a strawberry off my plate with his telescopic fork. To say that we will miss him is an understatement. Our loss is God's gain. May God give you comfort and peace. Jack & Darlene Nussbaum"

Bob Nester wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I could go on for hours about the man I first met in 1956 at CHS but really got to know in the 70's at OLMC. A wonderful smile, great sense of humor, quick wit, well read (if it was a newspaper), loved to talk sports, called anytime he had something he wanted me to know and was always a positive influence on me, my wife, and my family.I'll never forget Lake Webster when I had a video camera and took video of John and Jack Collins cooking out. They were telling stories and thought I was capturing them with all their hilarious detail that made absolutely no sense but was funny. However, as they were shirtless, all I captured was their belly buttons talking at very close range - what a hoot. John, like he always would, got me back. We were in our 40's (long time ago) and he took film from the same camera of a lady in her 80's next door and fabricated some story about me visiting her in her love nest - oh my.I'll also never forget when I took John for a ride in my dad's last airplane up at Lake Webster - an Aeronca 7AC. The look on his face when we did a loop is a lasting memory. He and my dad loved to give it to one another and called each other cockroach. My father died in 1981 and John's dad, Barney, some time later but I'll never forget him telling me at the wake that he could now realize how difficult it was to lose a father. Well, John, you did it to all of us too. We'll miss you - well after the first 30 minutes of any event - you never got there on time anyway. "

Friend of Sister Shelia's wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I see that Fritz Schmidt sent a message from Germany.. John and Sister Shelia are doubled over with laughter and aren't sure Bob has gotten it yet. The biggest gotcha of his life. Gotcha back!!"

Dick &Peg McNamara wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"What good times we've had!John, always with a smile,sooo full of joy.... and Carolyn----- always there and tickled by it all----- such LOVE, always evident for the Griff ! We were always amazed at what a fount of knowledged, John was. ---- sports- history,movie stars, movies,, etc.etc.! If he didn't know the answer, he would find it. On occassion, John would concoct A ANSWER, RARELY TO BE CHALLANGED !! In addition John was a terrific table Shuffleboard Player! Jim Post, Skip,Jim Fry, Tom Heller, myself & Bob Nester ,all had some fierce games with "The Master"! He loved to "Toot " his Convertbablehorn, every time he would pass ,Skip & Jane's house !1 "

Dick &Peg McNamara wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"What good times we've had!John, always with a smile,sooo full of joy.... and Carolyn----- always there and tickled by it all----- such LOVE, always evident for the Griff ! We were always amazed at what a fount of knowledged, John was. ---- sports- history,movie stars, movies,, etc.etc.! If he didn't know the answer, he would find it. On occassion, John would concoct A ANSWER, RARELY TO BE CHALLANGED !! In addition John was a terrific table Shuffleboard Player! Jim Post, Skip,Jim Fry, Tom Heller, myself & Bob Nester ,all had some fierce games with "The Master"! He loved to "Toot " his Convertbablehorn, every time he would pass ,Skip & Jane's house !1 "

alan kinney wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"My deepest sympathies on your tragic loss. You have my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I hope the great life you had together sustain you as you move forward."

Dick & Peg McNamara wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"What good times we've had! John always with a smile on his face and so full of joy and Carolyn always there and tickled by it all.Such love always evident. He will be missed in so many ways---at breakfast at Paradise, the legion on girls bridge night and at all the gatherings of your multitude of friends.You are a beautiful family and John loved you all soooo much.We share in your sorrow, shock, and hurt with so many others who have shared in the gift of his life. You are a wonderful family and we will keep you all in our prayers that you will find peace.Keep the Griffin smile and joy flowing.Love,Dick and Peg"

Barb Gable wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I got to know Amy in 1996 when I moved to Indianapolis. As many have mentioned by many others, Mr. Griff took a special interest in getting to know his children's friends. I remember many a conversation about the happenings in my home town or the latest bands. He used to call Amy to mentioned something he read about that may be of interest to me. But through the years he started calling me directly, and later even my husband, to share something he read or saw on TV he knew we would be interested in. Johnny, Amy and Erin actually had mailboxes or "pigeon holes" at their parents house where he would place newspaper clippings or items he wanted make sure they were aware of. I remember lobbying for my own box because I loved this idea so much. He called me directly to get the full report on "The Blind Boys of Alabama" or the new "Rock Star" energy drink. We would joke that it wasn't just the report, but he wanted the "FULL REPORT." I remember giving him the full report about a new pub Amy and I stopped in to check out. I said, "You know, it is the kind of place you could have a beer and a snack and hang out for bit." He said, "Barb, i have a feeling you and Amy could do that about any where you go." He was the same way, which is why we connected so. There are many more fun memories to share which we will continue to do over the coming days. But I feel lucky to be close to your family and to have especially known Mr. Griff. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. Love to you all, Barb Gable (Prayers from our family, Pete, Barb and Joe.)"

Bensman family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Words can't describe our grief for you and your loss, as well as so many others whose lives where touched by Mr Griff. I won't even attempt to express all of my sympathies other than to say Mr Griff made an immediate and lasting impression on me.All of you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Breuer Family wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Griffin Family - with special thoughts and prayers for EG and Sully.We are so saddened to be reminiscing about our many great memories with Mr. Griff instead of creating new ones, but in doing so and like everything else regarding Mr. Griff; he still manages to bring a smile to everyone"

Eileen Desautels Padro wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Mrs GriffinMy sincere condolences to you and your family. I know this is a very,very difficult time for you and your children. I will keep you and your children in my prays. Love and prays,Eileen Desautels Padro"

Sara Phillips wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Dear Mrs. Griff, Johnny, Amy and Erin,When I think of Mr. Griff, I think of this handsome, preppy, jovial guy who never seemed to age! I have known him for 25 years and every time I saw him, he always greeted me warmly and enthusiastically. He was a master of story telling and the grandest of hosts. Some of my favorite parties have been at the Griff house - I don't think he even got too mad at me and Amy when once he came home unexpectedly to a party he and Mrs. Griff didn't realize they were hosting. Oops!!It makes me so completely sad that Mr. Griff is no longer here with us. You will miss him so much that your heart will ache for a long, long time. Know that we mourn with you. Know that the best of him lives on in each one of you. And know that Mr. Griff is basking in the light of Jesus. Love,Sara Freiburger Phillips - AKA "Fry Dog" - a name bestowed on me from Mr. Griff himself. "

Beth (Voellinger) Loggins wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn and familyI am so truly saddened to hear about John. We are so lucky to have gotten to enjoy our annual visits with your family in the summer. I have so many fantastic memories from "Blo Cones" to taking the cadillac for a spin with as many kids as we could fit :) I am so blessed to have your family in my life today and hope that your wonderful memories of the love you to had for each other and life carry you through. Love Beth Loggins"

Alex (Knapp) Rodman, and Andy, Charlie and Adley wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"To the beautiful Griffin family-How blessed I've been to have had the opportunity to know your dad and husband. Truly an angel on earth! His smile was such a gift and so just couldn't help but to smile in his presence. The sparkle in his eyes always made me feel that he couldn't wait to hear what we were going to talk about matter how old I was or what the topic might be. His friendship and spirit touched my parents' heart so deeply, and I am so grateful for that gift. Carolyn...the love you and John shared has always been the best example for all of our Knapp clan. May the beautiful memories of this wonderful man give you comfort during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you today, and...Always-Alex, Andy, Charlie and Adley"

Michael C. Hill wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"It is my estimate that it took John, at most, about 5 seconds to overcome his shyness upon entering this world on May 30, 1941. Henceforth, he was one fun guy who mastered the art of sharing his love of life and of people on a daily basis. It has indeed been an honor and a constant joy to have been among his many friends!"

Jim and Mary Lou Fry wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"We had the joy of being John and Carolyn's next door neighbors for almost five years after moving to Carmel in 2004. They made us feel so welcome in a new community, introducing us to many of their friends and family. That made our transition here so much easier. John quickly began planning "road trips" for he and Jim. Over a short period of time, they uncovered the Indianapolis that John knew so well from carmel apples at Park Tudor to duckpins in old Indianapolis. Their first dinner was at Iaria's which John knew and loved so well.We remember sharing some holidays with John and Carolyn, excursions out to dinner, entertainment events and even Butler basketball with all our families. Further, we shared travel experiences with them, including their first cruise. John always had a suitcase packed with his "fru-fru" and was ready to go. From Buzzard's Roost to New Harmony, to Chicago and Naperville, to Europe and beyond, we made the circuit with John and Carolyn.John was the epitome of a friend and family man - no one knew how to do it better - and, oh, those grandchildren that he was so fond of. Many a day we would see him swinging them in the park across the street. The feeling was mutual - they indeed treasured their grandfather.We remember John as a neighbor with his beautiful flowers, mower with a cord, grass blower that sounded like a jet engine, clean garage with a baseball game on the radio and his convertible which was shined to a "T" and with his bluetooth phone, was ready to go. THAT WAS JOHN!John we loved you dearly and will truly miss you so much. You brightened our lives everyday. For us, you did leave a roadmap of how to live - be a friend to everyone. We will attempt to follow your example. We know you are looking down on us and we are sure that you would want us to go on doing the things we always did - to plan things, have fun, laugh a lot, make everyone feel they belonged and to care about everyone and everything. You wanted us to make living a joy and we will do our best to do just that . We will also take care of your wonderful Carolyn.May God bless you and welcome you through the gates of Heaven!Your friends and neighbors,Jim and Mary Lou"

Debbie Clements wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Debbie Clements will miss Mr. Griff!"

Pepper (Martin) Peale wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I cannot think of John without smiling....even as I type this, I can see HIS smiling face on the Web site. You will be missed John. Thanks for brightening all of our lives. Pepper, Cliff, Maggie and Dan Peale"

Tim and Colleen Kuehr wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Colleen and I were deeply saddened to hear of The Griff's passing(A few of us affectionately called John The Griff). Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. The Griff had an energy and kindness that enabled him to connect with everyone. He always had a quick joke, was able to discuss any topic, had a caring smile and offered a sincere "How is it going"? He cared about every person he came into contact with. He made eveyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. As a friend recently told me after readin "The Last Lecture", the author states that when a loved one dies, so does a part of us. I agree but I also believe that a significantly larger part of that person lives on within us. Hold on to the memories and take joy in knowing that John had such a wonderful affect in so many peoples lives. All who knew The Griff are better for it. "

Glenn and Robin Powers wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn and family:We were away on vacation and just received notice of John's passing! We are truly saddened. John's smile. laughter and cheery disposition will be greatly missed!Our prayers are with you and your family.Glenn and Robin"

Mary Ellen Kirby wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn, John, Amy and Erin: I still can't think of anything terribly intelligent to say. But I will tell you that my memories of the weeks I shared with John ON GOLDEN POND will be with me always. He was one of the most kind, giving gentlemen I have EVER had the priviledge to know. He loved you ALL so very, very much. I don't think John knew how Not to smile. His laughter was contagious; he was always encouraging and in a very short time, his friendship became so very important to me. I am now and always will be grateful for those memories and for the time we spent on stage and I want you all to know how very VERY sorry I am that John has left this world. I am quite certain, however, that he has his wings and that he is smiling down on you all."

Margaret Bruellman wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Carolyn and Family,I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I did not know John, but did know how Carolyn,s eyes used to light up when she spoke of him and all the wonderful times they shared and adventures they took.I am turly sorry for all of you in this sad time. Margaret Bruellman"

Chad Pittman wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"Mr. Griffin's complete, rich relationship with each one of his children throughout all phases of their lives serves as an inspiration of the life relationships I aspire to share with my own children. I am much better because of him. "

Kathleen McGowan Coogan (and Kevin and JP) wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I cherish the memories of the warm and festive visit JP and I and my parents Joe and Nora had with John and Carolyn at your home over the holidays. I have always loved the way my Dad's face lights up when he tells a Griffin story, and John will live on in many happy stories...."

Joel Harris wrote on Nov 13, 2012:

"I want to send my condolences to the Griffin family. I had the opportunity to be around John a few times. I was immediately struck by his quick-witted, humorous personality. He was an amazing man. "