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William R. Griffiths "Bill"

Company B-1

7 May 1939 - 10 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Tierra Verde, FL

Interment: National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Griffiths, on 10 October in Tierra Verde, FL, as a result of an apparent heart attack. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat; their son, Rich; their daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi Huntsman (Eric); and grandson, Patrick William Huntsman. 

Funeral services and burial will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL.  Additionally, the family will host a Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL. 

Leigh Major, Bill Griffiths’ daughter, is planning Bill’s Memorial Service and Burial and Celebration of Life service and has asked that the following information be shared with classmates. 

The Memorial Service and Burial will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL on Friday, December 8th at 1:30 p.m. 

The Celebration of Life service will be held at Tampa Bay Watch in Tierra Verde, FL on Saturday, December 9th from 4 to 7 pm.  Dress is red, white, and blue or other patriotic attire. 

If you are planning to attend, please Leigh know by sending her a message at leigh.major@hotmail.com. 

The family is working with The Don CeSar to secure group pricing.  The Don CeSar is the nicest hotel on St. Pete Beach!  Rooms are $287 which includes tax and resort fee.  There is also The Don CeSar Beach House which is close by but not part of the main hotel.  Guests of the Beach House can use all the amenities of the main hotel.  Rooms are $219 which includes tax and resort fee of $40.  To make reservations, go to http://www.doncesar.com/ and reserve under BILL GRIFFITHS. 

Another good option is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront in downtown St. Pete which is in a great area with trendy restaurants, shopping, etc.  It is on the bay with great views.  There is no group rate offered so you can just book on your own by going to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-st-petersburg-bayfront-SPTSHHF/index.html.  Rooms are $189 plus tax (there is no resort fee).  Military and senior discounts are available. 

Regarding flights, Leigh suggests you check out Allegiant Airlines.  They fly out of regional airports directly into the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport with great access to Tierra Verde. 

If you have any questions, contact Leigh at 832-584-8937.

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 1595 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL  33715-2519. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Bill’s memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch where Bill was an active member serving on the Board of Directors.  Donations may be mailed to 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL  33715 or made online at www.tampabaywatch.org.

Well done, Bill,  Be thou at peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\B-1 Bill Griffiths.pdf

Obituaries:

Col. William "Bill" GRIFFITHS

GRIFFITHS, Col. William Richard "Bill" US  (Ret.) 78, of St. Petersburg, passed away October 10, 2017. Bill was born in Manhattan to Edith and Richard Griffiths and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served honorably for 28 years as an Army Officer, including as an Armored Division Officer in command of combat units for two tours in Vietnam. He earned two Legion of Merit Medals, the Silver Star, three for valor, five Army Commendation Medals, 11 Air Medals, and numerous campaign and foreign awards. Bill's final tour of duty was as Director of the Joint Doctrine Center with independent command at MacDill AFB. Along the way, Bill earned two Master's degrees and was privileged to serve on the faculty at West Point teaching military history to the cadets. He also assumed command of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry "Quarterhorse" at Ft. Riley, KS, and completed a tour of duty in S. Korea as an advisor to the Republic of Korea Army. He was the author of "The Great War," which is used in text book form at West Point to this day.

After retiring from the Army, Bill served as an advocate for veterans at Worknet Pinellas where he worked as the Veteran Program Manager. He was also the screening committee chairman for two U.S. Congressmen for appointment of young men and women to West Point. In addition, Bill served on the board of directors of the West Point Society, Florida West Coast and CareerSource Pinellas.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; his son, Richard Griffiths; daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi Huntsman (Eric); grandson, Patrick William Huntsman.

Funeral Services will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL, Friday, Dec. 8, 1:30 pm. The family will host a patriotic Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL, Dec. 9 from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Bill's memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch (tampabaywatch.org) where Bill served on the Advisory Committee.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 22, 2017