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Arthur J. Griffa
Arthur J. Griffa

May 15, 1931 - May 2, 2019
Born in Boston, Massachusetts
Resided in Orange, New Jersey
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Arthur James William Griffa, better known as Art, was born on May 15, 1931 in Boston, MA, son of Arthur and Lydia Griffa. The next year the family moved to Louisville, KY and from there settled in Buffalo, NY. He was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School and Tennessee State University, where he majored in Physical Education.
Art met his future wife, Barbara, who he lovingly called Babs, in 1946 when he biked from Willert Park to Cold Springs (in Buffalo) to visit a friend. He encouraged her to join the junior radio group and she invited him to attend youth meetings at Our Savior Lutheran Church. This relationship culminated in marriage in 1957. From that union came 2 lovely daughters, Cynthia (Lori) and Andrea.
Art was an active member of the Michigan Avenue YMCA and upon graduation from TSU he pursued a career in the Y. His career took them to Los Angeles (the day after they married) where he was employed as a Program Director. In 1968 he moved back to Buffalo as Executive Director of the Michigan and Humboldt Branches and later the William-Emslie YMCA. He served briefly as the Interim Executive Director of the Buffalo YMCA before moving on to further his career as President of the Y in Jersey City, NJ, from where he retired in 1990. He was an active member of the YMCA Retirement Group.
After retiring, Art continued his advocacy for children, by becoming involved with the Orange Board of Education, beginning what become his “2nd career”. He volunteered on the facilities committee (eventual chair) then, once appointed to the Board, represented Orange as part of State’s Facility Board and was an active member of the Finance and Personnel committees. He attended training and became an expert in board management prior to being elected President of School Board. Art was also a member of the NJ School Development Authority as well as Chair of the superintendent search committee.
Art was very active in his church, Holy Trinity Lutheran, serving on the Property, Stewardship and Finance Committees as well as being an active member of the Church Council. He often helped as usher, volunteered in the church pantry and regularly made the coffee for fellowship. Art’s pastor described him as a “committed pillar of the church who will be sorely missed”.
Art’s family legacy will continue through the foundation he built with his wife of 61 years, Barbara, his daughters Lori and Andrea, son-in-love Harold, precious grandchildren, Krystal, Natalie and Nathanael, sister-in-love, June Dennis, brother-in-love, Jac Harston and an amazing host of nephews, nieces, cousins, caring neighbors, fraternity brothers and friends.
Barbara often told Art that one of the Fraternities cardinal rules that he best represented was that of perseverance, which he demonstrated throughout his life. James 5:11 reads “As you know, we considered blessed, those who have persevered”. Well done good and faithful servant! The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, where a Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 PM. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will perform at 11:00 AM. Entombment in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com

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Visitation
Delaware Chapel
1132 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY US 14209
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Funeral Service
Delaware Chapel
1132 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY US 14209
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Entombment
Forest Lawn Cemetery
1411 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY US 14209
Wednesday, May 15, 2019