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Obituaries

August 27, 2011

Gregory Wayne Griffith

HOLLIDAYSBURG — GRIFFITH– Gregory Wayne “Greg,” 50, Hollidaysburg, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, after a  courageous 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born July 3, 1961, in York, Pa., son of Donald Wayne and Anna Gertrude (Keafer) Griffith of Hollidaysburg. Survived by wife of 25 years, Catherine (Betar) Griffith, whom he married Sept. 28, 1985, in St. Mary’s; sons, Jordan Griffith and Jamie Griffith, both of Hollidaysburg; and sisters, Jean Hoover, Conway, S.C., and Barb Mattern, Williamsburg, Pa. Graduate of Hollidaysburg High School Class of 1979 and senior class president. Received a bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Alliance College and a master’s degree in 1988 from St. Francis University. Took registered employee benefits consultant and registered health underwriter courses from American College. Was vice president of Hollidaysburg Trust Co. and L.R. Webber and Assocs. and president of FNB Investment Services. Was on the adjunct faculties at St. Francis and Mount Aloysius and was currently on the Penn State business outreach faculty. Member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Hollidaysburg. Enjoyed playing and coaching basketball and softball with family and friends and playing rummy with Jordan and Jamie. His greatest joys were coaching youth basketball and football and playing with Jordan and Jamie in the backyard. Member of the Ambucs and was Ambuc of the Year from 1985 to 1993. Was on the Hollidaysburg YMCA board of directors from 1992 to 1998, serving as president in 1996. Was a trustee of the Barbra Zanker Fund at St. Michael’s Parish. Served on the board of directors at Southern Alleghenies Management Associates. Was president of Key Decision Makers from 2005 to 2006 and on the board of Investment Financial Corp. Past director of Hollidaysburg area youth basketball program. Chairperson of regional Special Olympics basketball tournament. Past member of Million Dollar Round Table. Member of Blair County Chamber of Commerce Star Club from 1987 to 1991. HAYFA coach for five years. On Aug. 22, 2011, he was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian Award through the Hollidaysburg Morning Rotary Club. Founder of Griff’s Run and Gun “Fund a Cure” dinner and tournament for pancreatic cancer. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Altoona. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 30, 2011, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, Father Clement Gardner officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation in care of L.R. Webber and Assocs., 1644 Plank Road, Duncansville, Pa. 16635 or to the Hollidaysburg YMCA.

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