Thomas Clinton Griffiths, 86 of Scranton died Monday evening at Mountain View Care Center in Moosic. He is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy Lee Pilosi Griffiths with whom he celebrated their 50 year anniversary on March 24th,2012.
Born in Scranton on March 12, 1926, son of the late Arja and Dorothy Greame Griffiths. Tom attended West Scranton High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country in World War 11 and the Korean conflict.
After his tour of duty, Tom was employed for 35 years at the job he loved at Bell Telephone Company, Scranton. He was also very active in the Telephone Pioneers of America where he held the presidency position. Tom loved to dance, bowl and golf, but spending time with his family and friends was what he loved most. Tom was a member and trustee at Jackson Street Baptist Church.
He is also survived by his daughter Lisa and granddaughter Kendall at home, son Tom, wife Kim, and grandchildren Thomas and Victoria, Dunmore and his oldest granddaughter Daina, Clarks Summit. Sister-in-law Joy Pilosi, Taylor, Brother-in-law Tom Pilosi and wife Barbara, Tayor, and Brother-in-law John Baptist, Moorehead City, NC as well as many much-loved nieces and nephews.
Tom was proceeded in death by his sister Dorothy Baptist, Moorehead City, NC .
His family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Mountain View Care Center who gave him amazing care throughout his illness.
Friends and family may call Thursday, March 14 from 5pm to 8pm at Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash Street, Scranton.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday, March 15th at 10am. Service will be conducted by Rev. Kory Houser.
Interment with military honors will follow at Washburn Street Cemetery, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Jackson Street Baptist Church 1206 Jackson St. Scranton, Pa. 18504
Please visit www.vanstonandjames.com for directions or to to leave an online condolence.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director.
Luci and Ray
God Bless his long and wonderful life, He was a genuine human being and a joy to be around. He truly toched Rays heart and mine too, may his legacy live on and he Rest in Peace xo
Ray Luci and the girls
Lisa, I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I met your dad many years ago through mutuial friends, Tom Carroll and Mike Rock. We all enjoyed getting together at Zalinski’s for some adult beverages. Tommy was quick with a smile, and always a fun guy to be with, always had a story. I am deeply saddened by your loss.
Rev. Dr. Dave & Peggy Erickson
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. We have been lifting Tom up in our services at United Baptist for some time. Joy has been keeping us informed. God bless and comfort all of you
I am sorry that I can not be there but I wish to express my most sincere condolences and love to you all for your loss.God bless. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Jimi
John P. Baptist & Family
We sincerely offer our prayers for my brother-in-law and all the members of his wonderful family. We’re extremely sorry not to be
present at this time of sorrow. Judy is having medical problems of
her own, and the son of my best friend has been under intensive care for several days. We hope to see you all this summer. God
Bless You All.
It is a sad time for us (his sister’s family). Uncle Tom enjoyed life to the fullest. I will never forget the first time he visited us in North Carolina, I think in the early 1960’s or late 50’s. Up until then I had never seen a grownup so excited and enthused about a day at the beach. He was just like us kids in loving the sand, sun, cool clean refreshing water and waves. After a while we noticed he had white adhesive tape on his back spelling out his name in 3 inch letters, ‘TOM’. His back towards you, he was easy to spot anywhere on the beach or in the surf. He paid with his sunburn for that day but we got a kick out of his non-sun burned name standing out stencil-like on his back as he walked around the house shirtless the next several days. We will always miss him.