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ARTHUR J. GRIFFIN died Monday, July 12, at the age of 79. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann. T Griffin, loving brother of
Maureen Griffin and John Griffin, brother-in-law of the late Joan Griffin and Alice Quinn, dear adopted father of Sean Gannon and cherished
companion of Carmella Dolfi. He was born on Dec. 6, 1941, to Elizabeth and John Griffin. He attended St. Mary’s Winfield Catholic School
in Woodside and then graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School. He entered into Christian Brothers, but later left to obtain his Masters
Degree from Manhattan College and Fordham University. He worked as a teacher at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village.
After leaving, he worked at the Joseph P. Kennedy home, where he and his wife, Ann, helped find many working positions for children who
lived there. He worked for many years as a counselor for Catholic Charities, helping people with addicitions and homelessness and offering
assistance to those in need. He was ordained as a Catholic deacon and was assigned to Transfiguration Church in Maspeth. There, he helped
form “Project HOPE” — an acronym for Help Our People Eat. Here, he organized a great group of men and women to make sandwiches and
deliver food to people on the streets of Maspeth, Elmhurst and Woodside. He was able to get community groups and businesses to contribute
to the project, In his words, he was fulfilling Christ’s orders: “Feed my people, take care of the poor.” He was a proud member of the County
Tyrone Society, marching in every St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from age 5 through 77. All of the neighbors
on 66th Street could hear him practicing his fife the week before the 17th of March each year. He loved life, God and sports. He ran the NYC
Marathon in his early days, continued to play softball in an over-70 group on Nassau County, and still bowled weekly with Catholic Charities.
He leaves behind a loving family and friends, extending from the U.S. to England, Ireland and Spain. A Mass of Christian Burial was
offered at Transfiguration Church on Monday, July 19, followed by interment at St. Adnrew’s Cemetery, Sag Harbor, under the direction of
Papavero Funeral Home, Maspeth.
GEORGE C. GRIVAS died Monday, July 12, at the age of 72. He was the beloved husband of Anne Grivas, loving father of Denise Rosenblatt
and father-in-law of Ian, cherished grandfather of Taylor and dear brother-in-law of Thomas and June Dvorak. Funeral services will be held
at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, at Papavero Funeral Home, followed by interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, under the direction
of Papavero Funeral Home, Maspeth.
KATHLEEN KING died Saturday, July 17, at the age of 64. She was the beloved mother of Lisa Riccardo and Joseph Pizzonia, mother-inlaw
of Louis and Natalie, cherished grandmother of Brooke, Avery, Kendall, Milania, Audrina and Delaney, loving sister of Ann, Patricia,
Teres, Geraldine, Thomas, Danny, Robert and the late John, and dear aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial
was heled at Miraculous Medal Church on Wednesday, July 21, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, under the direction
of Papavero Funeral Home, Maspeth.
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