For my father….

img_23491William (Bill) D. Griffith was born on October 14, 1934. He passed away peacefully on November 11, 2008, having lived his entire life in Bakersfield.

He was the son of James and Florence Griffith. He graduated from Garces High School, and spent over 30 years as a field engineer for NCR. Upon retiring from NCR, he enjoyed a second career for several years as a messenger for San Joaquin Bank.

Besides his love for his wife and children, Bill’s passions could best be described as “planes, trains, and automobiles”. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent chasing trains up to the Tehachapi Loop. When he finally retired for good, he and Jan would take road trips across the US, visiting airplane museums and riding trains. Bill was a founding member of the Bear Mountain Flying Club and an avid model railroader. He was very proud of the front yard, which he and Jan lovingly landscaped in model trains.

Bill was always a man you could count on to help fix any problem. He always had a warm smile and a big bear hug ready when needed. He had a natural talent for understanding machinery and how things worked, and he was always a tinkerer.

Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jan; son Chris (Anita) and twin grandchildren, Ben and Shira; son Eric and grandchildren Ashley and Daniel; and his nephew Dana (Lynne) Lee. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jim Griffith and Fr. Thomas Griffith, and his sister Anna Rigney.

A special thank you to Dr. Robert Laughlin and his staff for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Lung Association. At the request of the deceased, no services will be held.

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