Griffin, Sydney Patrick
December 27, 1928-March 11, 2019
Passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 at the age of 90. Syd was the beloved husband of the late Norma Beverly Griffin (2007). He leaves behind his loving children, Derek Griffin (Elizabeth) and Eleanor Grilo (Carlos) and his cherished grandchildren Connor, Kevin and Brooke Grilo. Long-time friend and companion to Freida Ondreyka. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. The last of 5 Griffin siblings, predeceased by brothers Jack, Desmond, and sisters Eleanor and Marion.
Born in Winnipeg but grew up in Montreal. He began a career at Johns Manville in Montreal where he met his wife Norma. The job took them to Asbestos, Quebec where Syd enjoyed a successful career in purchasing, earning his PMAC certification, and rising to the role of Purchasing Manager. His career achievements led him to become a member of the “Quarter Century Club” as well as a member and president of the Purchasing Managers Association of Canada (PMAC).
In 1979 the job took Syd and the family to Toronto. After leaving Manville, Syd worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources until he retired.
Syd was an avid sports enthusiast, a devoted Habs fan, a lover of military history, and a connoisseur of Jazz music! Syd kept busy with many hobbies including stamps, badges but primarily Scouts Canada, an organization he happily held many positions in for 57 years!
Syd was well liked, a perpetual helper, an ultimate gentleman and a patriotic Canadian!
Syd will be greatly missed by his family and numerous friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Syd’s life will be held at St. John’s Dixie, 737 Dundas St. East, Mississauga. Service with reception to follow will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 4:30pm
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.