Griffith, James Donald

April 08, 2005

On Monday April 4, 2005 JAMES DONALD GRIFFITH beloved husband of Grace Griffith (nee Bisser), loving father of Glen, Donald, William, Robert and Susan Griffith, brother of Richard Griffith, Sr., Patricia Griffith and Eileen Gray and the late Margaret Mc Laughlin. Donald Griffith was born and raised in West Baltimore, lived in Ferndale and for the past 20 years lived in Ridgely, Maryland. Don a Third Degree Knight was active with the Knights of Columbus for 30 years at the Holy Trinity Council in Severna Park. He also managed the Knights of Columbus Columbian Center. He worked for Firestone Tire Co. for 35 years and he and Grace owned and operated Subway shop in Easton. It's ironic that Don died on the Orioles season opening day. He was an avid baseball fan and a talented baseball player in the 40's and 50's playing third base for Bloomingdale and American Legion teams. Later he umpired games around Baltimore. Don could field a hot ground ball at third and fire it with a side arm throw to first base with the speed of a Brooks Robinson throw. The ball seemed to travel about two feet off the ground over the pitcher's mound to first base. He threw it sidearm almost in one motion as he fielded the ball, it was beauty of skill and speed in motion. As the family patriarch that he was forced into at the age of 16 when his father died he learned to manage a household on a very limited budget. He assisted his mother in choosing and carrying home the groceries each Saturday and delivered the News American every day of the week. In 1953 they received notice that they had 90 days to move out of the rented house on Winchester Street. The owner was going to sell. Don at 21 rose to the occasion again and was able to buy a house on S. Longwood St. That was a considerably feat for a 21 year old who had to interrupt his high school education at Forest Park to help support a family of 6. Funeral services will be held at Feegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro, Maryland at 11:00 on Friday, April 8, burial at the Ridgely Cemetery.

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