Dr. Vincent William Griffis went home to his Savior on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Vince was the second son of Dr. Paul and Dorothy Griffis. Paul Griffis had attended PBTS from 1929 until 1932 where he graduated as Salutatorian of his class. Paul joined the faculty of Practical in 1952 and became the dean of academics in 1963.
(L-R) Vincent Griffis, Paul Griffis, Dorothy Griffis, Darry Griffis (1964 Theologue)
Vince became of a student of Practical Bible Training School in the fall of 1964. He became roommates with Walt Schlundt and friends with Jerry Traister and Dino Pedrone. The four of them would become life-long friends. Vince's freshman year was also the senior year for Woodrow Kroll and Gilbert Parker.
Vince graduated from Practical Bible Training School in 1967 along with Walt, Jerry, and Dino.
During his studies at PBTS, Vince met Suzanne Sisson. The two would marry on January 24, 1969 after Vince received his Bachelor degree from Calvary Bible College.
Vince's Senior Picture (1967 Theologue)
Vince and Sue moved to New England soon after being married where Vince taught at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. He was called onto becoming the headmaster for the Christian of Greater Fall River. He served there for fourteen years. In those years all four of their children were born: Aron, Andrew, Abigail, and Adam.
The LORD still had a work for the Griffis family. In 1988 Vince and Sue joined Wycliffe Bible Translators. After training they were sent to Cameroon. Vince started the Rain Forest International School for the Missionary Kids (MKs) and nationals. They returned to the States in 2007.
Vince and Sue
Vince and Sue with Dr. Dino Pedrone (2008)
On Saturday, May 10, 2009 Vince was given the first honorary doctorate from Davis College at the commencement. He also delivered the main address to the graduating class.
Vince Speaking to the graduating class of 2009
(L-R) Sue Griffis, Vince Griffis, Walt Schlundt, Jerry Traister, Dino Pedrone, Janice Chandler
Vince had been fighting cancer for many years, but was still able to come to Homecoming at his Alma Mater including his 45th class reunion in 2012.
Class of 1967 (45th reunion)
Vince had been fighting cancer for sixteen years when the LORD called His faithful servant home to glory. At his memorial service on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Swansea, MA friends and family remembered his love for family and friends and his mischief. He was able to say goodbye to all of his kids before his homegoing.
You will be missed Vince. Thank you for serving our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ with your whole heart.
To read his obituary click here
Donations can be made to the college. A fund has been setup in his name:
Vincent Griffis Memorial Fund at Davis College, 400 Riverside Dr., Johnson City, NY 13790
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