Richard Morse Griffin, age 79, of Hopewell Junction, NY passed away on April 1, 2021 following a 2 year battle with bladder cancer.
Richard is survived by his wife Hyunsook (Sue) Ohm, twin sons from his first marriage Michael and Ryan Griffin and two sons by marriage, Joseph and Eugene Ohm as well as his grandchildren, Keller Griffin, Kaia Griffin, Terance Ohm, Chase Ohm, Robinson Ohm, Wesley Ohm and Austin Ohm. Richard is fondly remembered and loved by extended members of both families.
Richard was born December 5, 1941 to parents John Joseph Griffin and Marion Spring Griffin of Willimantic, CT. Richard stayed close to home as a young man, helping his father run a land surveying business based on Main Street in Willimantic and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. Richard went on to obtain his Master’s degree in science education from UConn and then taught science in Norwich public schools for the next 40+ years. He was best known as the planetarium director at Teacher’s Memorial Junior High. He taught thousands of children to love science over the years. A life-long tinkerer with electronics and mechanical equipment, Richard fashioned a planetarium control booth suitable for a space ship where he produced astronomy programming for students throughout CT.
Richard met Sue Ohm in 1998, forming a loving union that would see him through the next 23 years. In this second phase of his life, Richard was a dear, devoted and doting husband and quickly became her rock. The couple enjoyed traveling together, exploring and hiking in many different countries. He embraced his new family quickly and soon became adored by another large extended family. He brought his warmth, his humor and his critical mind and left his mark as a father, uncle, in-law and grandfather.
A largely self-taught scientist, electrician, plumber, mechanic and musician, Richard could talk with anyone about almost anything. Whether he was surprising guests with his soulful piano playing or fixing a leaky faucet, Richard left his mark wherever he went. He will be deeply missed.
In remembrance of Richard, memorial contributions can be sent to Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT. (http://www.bartlettarboretum.org/).
Funeral services for Richard will take place at: Korean Presbyterian Church of Westchester, 50 Pintard Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801 on Monday, April 5, 2021. The wake will be held at 5pm and the service will be at 6pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., Hopewell Junction, NY.