David Griswold Sr
WINDSOR — A funeral service for David A. Griswold, Sr., 85, a longtime resident of Windsor, who died Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center following a short illness, will be held Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor. Rev. Ken White, Pastor, will officiate. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Windsor Elks Lodge. Committal services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date in the Hilltop Cemetery in Quechee.
Friends may call at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor today, Thursday, June 14 from 6-8 p.m.
He was born Jan. 20, 1927 in Norwich, a son of Clifford A. and Beatrice (Tobin) Griswold. He has resided in Windsor his entire adult life.
He received his schooling through the Hanover school system. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the US Army Ski Patrol. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Windsor. He married Maxine Durphey in Claremont, N.H. on July 6, 1954.
He worked as a Ford mechanic at the Ford Garage in Claremont for 15 years. He was later employed as a mechanic at the former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Windsor for 23 years. Upon the closing of the Goodyear Plant, David became the property manager for seven years, working for the Connecticut River Development Corporation. He also drove a school bus for the Windsor School district.
One of his greatest passions was working on race cars. He was Donnie Miller’s mechanic for several years at the Claremont Speedway. He was also the proud sponsor of Pop G Motorsports.
David loved NASCAR, gardening, cooking, his dog Dazie and most of all dancing with the wife, especially the polka. He loved taking family vacations to Newfound Lake, the coast of Maine and Florida.
He was known for many things during his life; husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, friend and “Boss” by his children.
Mr. Griswold’s loyalty was unbreakable and his integrity unshakeable.
He had the voice of thunder, the grip of a bear and the heart of an angel.
He was everybody’s Grandpa.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Maxine Griswold of Windsor; his children, Linda Richardson of Windsor, David Griswold of Hartland, Donald Griswold of Hartland, Denis Griswold of Peabody, Mass., Lisa Griswold of Norwich, Lori Parent of Brownsville and Leanna Tomlinson of Bradford; 11 grandchildren, Marcy, Keith, Lindsey, Garrett, Arianna, Olivia, Zoe, Elissa, Kathleen, Andrew and Hayden; two great grandchildren, Taylor and Hallie; three sisters, Betty Abbot, Ellen Paterson, and Anna Daniels; three brothers, Clifford “Mickey,” James and Daniel; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one brother, Donald.
His family wishes to thank the neuroscience unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and the staff at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center for their care, understanding and professionalism in making the difficult moments endurable and giving David dignity in his final days.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Neuroscience Unit, at 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, N.H. 03766 or to the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center at 289 County Road, Windsor, 05089.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the June 14, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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