Obituary of Thomas J. Griffeth
Thomas J. Griffeth, Jr. of Langhorne, PA died on Friday October 18, 2019. He was 73.
Tom was born in Hannibal, MO to the late Thomas J. and Ellen Doyle Griffeth in March 1946. He enjoyed growing up with his three sisters in Fairborn, OH, where he played on the golf team at Green Valley Country Club and graduated from Fairborn High School class of 1964.
Tom graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla, School of Mines and Metallurgy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1968. Upon graduating from college, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1968. After proudly serving in the Army, Tom began his more than 40-year career as an engineer with a specialty in project scheduling. His career took him to U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, PA; to Thiokol Corporation in Huntsville, AL; to Eichleay Engineers and Stevens Painton in Pittsburgh; and finally to Joseph Jingoli & Son in Lawrenceville, NJ. The projects he worked on included building steel mills, power plants, schools, hospitals, and rocket boosters. Tom also owned his own business in Port Charlotte, FL.
Tom was a proud and patriotic man who believed in family, American values, and an honest day's work. He enjoyed playing golf, walking his dog, driving sports cars, fishing, and traveling with his wife. A perfect day might be grilling steaks and watching the U.S. Open after a day of golf in Hilton Head. He was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed watching the Steelers game with family and friends. He was widely respected for his quiet strength, kindness, good humor, and wise advice. Later in life, Tom enjoyed watching his children grow as adults and being a proud grandfather to six grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his wife Sharon McIntyre Griffeth; two sons, Thomas J. Griffeth III and Timothy S. Griffeth; a daughter, Sarah L. Kelly; three sisters, Connie Gyure, Carolyn McMillan, and Dolores Ramey; and his six grandchildren: Zachary, Joshua, Ryan, Dox, Armor, and Naomi.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, October 25 at the Yardley United Methodist Church, 300 Langhorne Road, Yardley, PA. A viewing will be held at the Church at 10:00 am prior to the funeral services.