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Passing of a Great Friend of the BOEC–Richard Griffith

Posted April 2, 2010 by tfc-control

We are sad to report the passing of Richard Griffith, a great friend and supporter of the BOEC.  Richard, 68, died on March 25, 2010 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida after a brief illness.

Richard’s philanthropy is evident in every place he lived with his highest accomplishment being with the BOEC.  It was Richard’s generosity that created The Griffith Lodge. The lodge has been the central base and campus for the BOEC’s programs, serving hundreds of special needs children and adults over the years.  The Griffith Lodge has been the cornerstone of the BOEC’s success in recent years, allowing us to expand programs and provide high quality housing in addition to the adaptive adventure activities we are known for.  The lodge was renamed in 2005 as The Scott Griffith Lodge in memory of his son who was a student of the BOEC.

Richard was retired as Vice President of the Florida Division of Sysco Foods. He and his family traveled all over the world during his working years and after retirement. He was a former resident of Fayetteville, NC; Banner Elk, NC and Breckenridge, CO.  Richard is survived by his wife, Ann West Griffith of Windermere; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Karen Griffith of Ocoee; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Kevin Laird of Brookhaven, MS; and his step-mother, Donna L. Griffith of Boca Raton, FL.  He is also survived by his beloved Chihuahua, Nacho.

Prior to his illness, Richard and Ann had planned a visit to the BOEC this summer and see again the continuing impacts of their gift.  Richard Griffith will be sorely missed by all of us at the BOEC, and greatly honored for how he transformed our school.


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  1. I’m sorry to hear this. It was a pleasure meeting him during the renaming and my best wishes go out to his wife.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve never met Richard but i heard about him and his work in your organization. Sad news :/

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