In Memory

Ned Griffith

Edwin Lord "Ned" Griffith, Jr. Died March 29, 2006 following a remarkably valiant year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. He was comforted by the loves of his life: his wife of 40 years, Patty; and his two devoted daughters, Chizzie and Jen. Ned was a fifth-generation Californian, born March 18, 1943 in SF to "Big Ned" and Esther Bullard Griffith. His maternal grandfather was the founder of the E.D. Bullard Safety Equipment Co, which produced products critical to the building of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. "Little Ned" grew up in Ross, and attended Ross Grammar School, where he met his future bride, Patty Chapman, in kindergarten. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1957. He attended Drake High School and transferred to Redwood when it opened as part of the first sophomore class and graduated in 1961. Ned was part of the Redwood MCAL Champion varsity football and basketball teams, both in 1959, and was captain of the MCAL Champion tennis team. He also served as Student Body president.

Ned and Patty both attended U.C. Berkeley, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Skull and Keys and the Big C Society. Ned and Patty married shortly after graduation from Berkeley in 1965. They lived in San Diego for two years while Ned served as a lieutenant in the US Navy. After the Navy they returned to Marin County, and have lived in the same house in San Anselmo for 37 years, where they raised their two daughters: Chizzie is a teacher at Drake High School and lives with her husband, Tom Brown, and their two sons, Patrick and Colin, in San Anselmo; Jenefer lives with her husband, Jeff Tucker and their two sons, Neddie and Hank, in Colorado.

Ned was the happy, smiley Oogie to his four grandsons, and along with Woo Woo (Patty), they shared many happy vacations together at Lake Tahoe, Hawaii and La Jolla. Ned is also survived by his three sisters: Annie Burgess, Constance Griffith, and Virginia Frank, and their families; as well as several generations of real and extended family aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was a longtime executive in the printing business, spending much of his career with Pacific Lithograph Company, and later Speedway Digital Printing, both in SF. Ned retired last November. More than anything Ned will be remembered for his easy going, warm and affectionate personality. His myriad friends, business associates and his family will cherish forever his love, his spirit, his humor and his genuine and never-ending interest and deep fondness for everyone with whom he came in contact. He'll also be remembered for his intense devotion to the Cal Bears! Ned was active in community affairs. He was committed to youth sports in Marin County and coached Little League, Bobby Sox and soccer in San Anselmo. He served on the Board of Directors of the Marin Athletic Foundation since its inception. Previously, he was on the boards of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the SF Grid Club, and was a member of the SF Ad Club and the Guardsmen. Ned enjoyed his many clubs: the Bohemian Club, the Olympic Club, the Meadow Club, and the Lagunitas Club, where he served as president from 1991 to 1993. 

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09/20/11 05:51 PM #1    

Norm Ballantine

I remember Ned as somebody Hindus would call "A good soul".

Norm Ballantine

09/27/11 03:52 PM #2    

Butch Brear

A super friend at Redwood and a great inspiration to me.  His passing was a very sad time for me.  I'll miss not seeing him at the 50th reunion. He would have loved it.

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