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“To Phawana, Cole and family I just heard of Peter's passing and I am heartbroken. We worked for close to 16 years in the Medical Dept at Reader's...Read More »
1 of 51 | Posted by: Sonia Hernandez - Pleasantville, NY

“Phawana, Cole, and extended Griffin family - I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Griffin was a kind, compassionate, knowledgeable doctor who helped me...Read More »
2 of 51 | Posted by: Christian Lenci - San Ramon, CA

“I am so very sad about Peter's death. He was such a wonderful person. I grieve for your loss. He spoke so highly of his family and enjoyed...Read More »
3 of 51 | Posted by: Carol Ley

“I had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Dr. Griffin. His compassion and wisdom will be missed greatly. My sincere condolences for...Read More »
4 of 51 | Posted by: George Schlinck

“Dear Phawana, Cole and Griffin family, In our lifetime we meet many people; most come and go but a very few leave a lasting impression. Peter...Read More »
5 of 51 | Posted by: Lori Angel

“I learned today of Peter's death and wish to express to the whole family my deepest sympathy. As responsible of Safety, Health & Environment in...Read More »
6 of 51 | Posted by: Eusebio Abascal

“I had the great opportunity to work with Dr Peter Griffin over the last 20 years at Praxair. He was always of great help as we worked to improve the...Read More »
7 of 51 | Posted by: Mark Kleis

“Peter's selflessness and care and concern for others was evident in all he said and did. He always had a smile on his face and a kind thing to say. ...Read More »
8 of 51 | Posted by: Frank Sisson

“To The Family of Dr. Griffin,We are sorry for your recent loss of Peter. Dr. Griffin was our medical contact asa physician group providing servicesto...Read More »
9 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“Peter touched our hearts and enriched our lives. It was a pleasure and an honor to have known him. He will indeed be missed. My sincerest condolences...Read More »
10 of 51 | Posted by: Steve Angel

“Sincerest and deepest condolences to the Griffin family. Peter was a wonderful man and will be terribly missed. He and his entire family will be in...Read More »
11 of 51 | Posted by: Penny Stern MD

“All our condolences Phawana. We met at Charles Henry and Laurence last year and we enjoyed your company a lot. ”
12 of 51 | Posted by: Brigitte et Mike Conti

“So sorry to hear about Dr. Griffin. I had the opportunity to hear him at the PTC and meet and speak with him. We shall miss him very much. Sending...Read More »
13 of 51 | Posted by: Michelle Braun

“As a long time painting student of Peter's stepfather, Jock MacRae, I send my deep condolences to all of Peter's extended family. Jock has shared...Read More »
14 of 51 | Posted by: Katherine P Goodman

“My deepest condolences to the Griffin family. I was honored to get to know him. ”
15 of 51 | Posted by: Jill Denowitz

“I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. We grew up next to Peter and his family in Glen Rock, NJ. He certainly went on to lead a fabulous yet much...Read More »
16 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“We are all so saddened and will remember him fondly for what he did for our family. Our sincere condolences to Phawana, Cole and the Griffin family. ”
17 of 51 | Posted by: Beatrice Vornle and the family

“I am saddened to hear of Dr. Peter's passing. My condolences to his entire family. I only new him in passing through his occasional visit to the...Read More »
18 of 51 | Posted by: John Koch

“My heart is deeply saddened to learn of Peter's passing. I met Phawana and Pete when we worked together at Pitney Bowes and a friendship developed. ...Read More »
19 of 51 | Posted by: Jennifer Susi

“My condolences to Phawana, Cole and the Griffin family. I have known Peter for over 25 years. We were residents together and have grown together...Read More »
20 of 51 | Posted by: David Shepperly, MD

“Although it's difficult to see beyond the sorrow May Looking Back In Mr Griffin'n Memory help Confort His Family. May he rest in Peace. ”
21 of 51 | Posted by: Praxair PR Carmen M Garcia - Puerto Rico

“Always there for me and a great friend. Peter, you will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to Peter's family. ”
22 of 51 | Posted by: Dee W - Danbury, CT

“Dearest Phawana & Cole; words simply cannot express how sad we feel for your loss. This world just lost one of life's truly great gentleman. We...Read More »
23 of 51 | Posted by: Anthony & Eileen Hall - CANASTOTA, NY

“Peter was a good friend and a valued colleague over many years. I was saddened to learn of his untimely passing. My sincerest condolences to all his...Read More »
24 of 51 | Posted by: Colin Baigel

“My sincerest condolences to Peter's family. I was completely shocked to hear of his passing today and had no idea he was ill. I met Peter almost...Read More »
25 of 51 | Posted by: Mary Ann Vasquez

“To my friend and colleague - you will be missed by the countless people whose lives your touched in so many positive ways. My thoughts are with your...Read More »
26 of 51 | Posted by: David Strauss

“Phawana & Cole Our deepest sympathies - Peter will be missed but never forgotten; we were blessed to have known him - when we were together it was...Read More »
27 of 51 | Posted by: Wayne Rath

“I last saw Peter at a medical meeting a few years ago before I retired. I am shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. I remember Peter as...Read More »
28 of 51 | Posted by: Larry Zobel

“My deepest and most sincere condolences to Peter's family, friends, and loved ones. I was fortunate to know and work with Peter in his support of...Read More »
29 of 51 | Posted by: Bob Van Schoyck

“I was so sorry to hear about Peter's illness and now untimely death. Peter was an accomplished physician-leader and an inspiring person. He will be...Read More »
30 of 51 | Posted by: Dr. Tom Fariss

“I had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Peter through his and our dear friends Dr. Scott Treatman and Dr. Linda LeMay. My husband Wayne and I...Read More »
31 of 51 | Posted by: jean rath

“My sincerest condolences to Phawana, Cole and all the Griffin family. I had the privilege of working with Peter and Phawana at Pitney Bowes and we...Read More »
32 of 51 | Posted by: Kathy Harte

“My deepest sympathies to Dr. Griffins family. It was a honor and pleasure to work with him. We will miss him. ”
33 of 51 | Posted by: Tina Padgett, RN

“I extend my deepest sympathies to The Griffin family on the loss of Peter. He was a wonderful person and tremendous colleague at Praxair. Peter...Read More »
34 of 51 | Posted by: Peter Casazza - Ridgefield, CT

“I had the honor of working with Peter for nearly 20 years at Praxair. His counsel and advice regarding business matters was always sound, extremely...Read More »
35 of 51 | Posted by: Scott Kaltrider

“I had the privilege of working with Peter at Praxair, where his unstinting compassion and concern for employees was a shining example for us all. Our...Read More »
36 of 51 | Posted by: John Baldwin Day

“My condolences to Peter\'s family. Always a great friend and he will be dearly missed. ”
37 of 51 | Posted by: Dee Wright

“My condolences to Phawana, Cole and the entire family. The 20 years have flown by since the corporate days of Reader's Digest to Praxair. I have...Read More »
38 of 51 | Posted by: Stacey Allen - Danbury, CT

“Peter was a remarkable man who touched many lives. He has been an important part of my professional life and I was privileged to consider him a...Read More »
39 of 51 | Posted by: Dr. Ted Kowalski

“My deepest sympathy to Dr. Griffin's family and many friends. I had the good fortune to work with him at Praxair for many, many years. He was love...Read More »
40 of 51 | Posted by: Darlene Johnson - East Chicago, IN

“I will miss working with Dr. Griffin. He was a great listener and really took his time to make the best decisions. I will miss working with him. ”
41 of 51 | Posted by: Brenda Xidis - East Chicago, IN

“Peter was an exceptional leader, an astute observer of life and a very human physician. He touched the lives of many, across many miles, for good We...Read More »
42 of 51 | Posted by: Dr Richard Heron

“My condolences to Peter's family. I have enjoyed all my interactions with Peter and our community is impoverished by his passing. ”
43 of 51 | Posted by: Dr David Roomes

“Peter was a dear friend and a valued colleague. My deepest condolences to Phawana, Cole and his entire family. ”
44 of 51 | Posted by: Chris Tiberio - Danbury, CT

“So sorry for your lose Phawana. You and Cole are in my prayers. Kelley Ellis, PB ”
45 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“To my friend and colleague - you will be missed by the many people whose lives your touched in so many positive ways. My thoughts are with your...Read More »
46 of 51 | Posted by: David Strauss - Glen Rock, NJ

“Very sorry to hear about Peter's death, he was a very well respected colleague and a great guy. He will be missed by his colleagues in occupational...Read More »
47 of 51 | Posted by: Dr Paul Gannon

“My deepest condolences to the Griffin family. Many weeks I have been praying in my heart for Peter and his soul. Peter's soul visited me between 5...Read More »
48 of 51 | Posted by: Dr. Annemieke De Wilde

“My deepest condolences to the Griffin family. Phawana and Cole, you are both so loved and supported by your GFS community - we are here for you...Read More »
49 of 51 | Posted by: Amanda Moitoso

“God Bless, I have many fond memories, condolences to the Griffin Family. ”
50 of 51 | Posted by: Erica Alexander - New Rochelle, NY

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
51 of 51 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT


Dr. Peter Dewald Griffin of Westport, Connecticut died at his home on November 29. He was 58 years old. The cause of death was cancer of the pancreas. Dr. Griffin was born on July 7, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and grew up primarily in Glen Rock, New Jersey. After commencement from Glen Rock High School in 1976, he attended Rutgers University School of Engineering, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science, Electrical Engineering, high honors, in May 1980. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, as well as Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society. He continued his education at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, receiving his Medical Doctorate in 1984. He was then accepted into Columbia University's combined Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine program, becoming board certified in both specialties in 1988 and 1991, respectively. A Master's in Public Health, also from Columbia, was added in 1991. While earning these advanced degrees, Dr. Griffin worked in a physician shortage area in upstate New York out of Syracuse Community Health Center, fulfilling a two year commitment to the National Public Health Service. Here he earned the NPHS Regional Administrators Award for his work on AIDS and Drug Addiction. It was in upstate New York where his interest in outdoor sports was born. Returning to the New York metropolitan area in 1989, Dr. Griffin settled in Westport and began his career as a corporate medical consultant, working as a medical director for a variety of large industrial companies including Allied Signal, Pitney Bowes, Koch Industries and Praxair. He was a volunteer board member for the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association and the American Cancer Society and donated his time to the AmeriCares free clinic in Norwalk, as well. After a long and adventurous bachelorhood, Peter met the love of his life, Phawana Chaorinuea, to whom he was married in 2004. In 2010 they welcomed a son, Cole. Phawana and Peter lived their happiest years over the following decade, sailing their boat out of Westport to the many ports-of-call in the Long Island Sound and beyond. Peter enjoyed sailing, skiing, fly fishing, nature, hunting, and photography. He finished the New York Marathon in 2014. Although firmly grounded in science, Peter was passionate about music, art, history and literature, especially poetry. A prolific writer, his last published work, Love Land, includes his poems and the portrait art of his dear friend, John Schlereth. Dr. Griffin is additionally survived by his father, Peter Craig Griffin, (his mother, Margaret having passed away in 1983), stepmother Doris, stepfather Jock, brothers Alex, Tony and John, sisters Christine and Rachael, and stepsiblings Douglas and Karen. Aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and associates too numerous to mention also mourn his passing. The funeral mass will be read from Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Westport, where he was a devoted and long-time communicant. The many lives Peter touched and enriched are a testament to the strength of his character and the brightness of his life. We will miss him, but he will always be with us. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 AM directly in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport. His interment will be private. To order flowers online, travel directions, or to sign his guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com.

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