Former Breckenridge resident Griffith dies |

Former Breckenridge resident Griffith dies

Richard Sheppard Griffith, Sr., 68, of Windermere passed away March 25, at Orlando Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 24, 1941,

in Somers Point, N.J. to C. Gordon Griffith and Alta Sheppard Griffith. He graduated from North Miami High School and attended Rollins College. He was retired as vice president of the Florida Division of Sysco Foods. He and his family traveled all over the world during his working years and after retirement. He was a former resident of Fayetteville, N.C; Banner Elk, N.C., and Breckenridge. His philanthropy is evident in every place he lived with his best accomplishment being the benefactor of The Griffith Lodge at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. The lodge that bears his family name and its staff has helped thousands of special needs children and adults over the years excel at activities beyond their normal capacity. The lodge was renamed in 2005 as The Scott Griffith Lodge in memory of his son. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Robert Scott Griffith. He is survived by his wife Ann West Griffith of Windermere; son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Kevin Laird of Brookhaven, Mississippi; and his step-mother, Donna L Griffith of Boca Raton, Florida. He is also survived by his beloved Chihuahua, Nacho.

A celebration of his life was held at 4 p.m., Saturday March 27th at Woodlawn Funeral Home with Reverend Nancy Graham-Onge officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Al Ibrahim, Joe Bednarczyk, Patrick Counze, Richard Griffith, Kevin Laird and Blake Smith. Memorial may be made to Community Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity.

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