Martin Joseph Griffin Sr., 77, major, U.S. Army retired, of Cape Coral passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. He was born June 21, 1935, in Pittsburgh, the son of John A. Griffin and Catherine Quinn Griffin, now deceased.
He graduated from McKeesport High School, Pa., in 1953, he then enrolled in Gannon State College in Erie, Pa., where he graduated in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree. He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and proudly served two tours in Korea and one in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal. After returning from Vietnam, he and his family moved to Arkadelphia, Ark., where he attended instructed R.O.T.C. at Henderson State University and completed his masters degree in 1974.
Prior to retiring from the Army in 1979, he relocated to Cape Coral and taught at Cape Coral High School for 18 years, retiring in 1997 to enjoy his "Days in the Sun." He was an active member and past post commander of the Harney Point V.F.W. Post 8463, and a member of the American Legion Post 90, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3957 and Elks Lodge 2596, all of Cape Coral.
Martin Joseph Griffin Sr.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Cecilia; son, Martin (Shirley) Griffin Jr.; daughters, Loretta (Hank) Weil of Palm Bay, Fla., and Cecilia (Michael) Vivace of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Melissa, Christopher, Anthony and Samantha; three great-grandchildren, John, Brenan and Addison; brother, Regis (Myra) Griffin of West Mifflin, Pa.; niece, Katherine Becker; nephew, Regis (Andrea) Griffin Jr.; great-nephew, Kyle; and great-niece, Audra.
The family received friends Thursday, Feb. 14, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, followed by military honors by the Honor Guard, V.F.W. Post 8463.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in Martin's memory, may be made to the VFW Honor Guard Post 8463, Cape Coral. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to share in Martin's Life Story and to leave thoughts and memories for his family.