Richard "Griff" Griffith, 80, of Burdett, N.Y., formerly of Trumansburg, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023.
Born in Geneva, N.Y., he was the son of the late Kay and Prof EE Griffith. After graduating from Geneva High School and Hobart College, Griff led the most interesting bachelor life one could ask for. As a roadie for the band "Blue Oyster Cult", he traveled the states and met many famous musicians. He enjoyed the years he spent traveling to NYC to sell Christmas trees and he had quite a reputation for his potato pancakes when he traveled to cook at festivals. Griff spent many years bartending at the Rongo in Trumansburg, or you could find him in Geneva watching a Hobart Lacrosse game. He was most proud of working with the security crew at Grassroots for so many years that he lost count. In his later years, he worked at the local ARC homes in Ithaca until he finally decided to retire on his 75th birthday.
Griff enjoyed telling stories (very slowly) to anyone who would listen. He loved living in the woods in Texas Hollow until his health began failing and he moved in with his niece in Burdett.
He is predeceased in death by his parents; brothers Edward "Ace" and Gary; sister in law Cathy Griffith; niece Peggy DeMinck; and his beloved Texas Hollow cats, Beat It, Scram and Interloper.
He is survived by his three nieces, Debbie (Bill McNicholas) Griffith of Waterloo, Lisa (Ron) Grandel of Virginia and Terry (Chico) Taney of Burdett.
In accordance with Griff's wishes, there will be no services. Instead, please simply raise a beer and re-tell one of his jokes or stories.