Lee Bradley Griffith (August 20, 1940 - August 23, 2023)

In loving memory of
Lee Bradley Griffith
  • August 20, 1940
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  • August 23, 2023

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With heavy hearts and cherished memories, we announce the passing of Lee Griffith, who departed this world on August 23. A beacon of love, strength, and devotion, Lee’s life was a testament to his commitment to family, his passion for golf, and his deep, 60-year connection to Auburn University and Auburn Football.

Born on August 20, 1940, in Merrick, NY, Lee embraced the roles of loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend with boundless warmth, humility, sincerity and wisdom.

Auburn Football held a special place in Lee’s heart, shaping his life’s journey in profound ways – playing, recruiting, and coaching for Shug Jordan. He poured his soul into the game and transferred the lessons he learned on and off the field to success in business and life. In 2013, he was honored to receive Auburn University’s Walter Gilbert Award for former student-athletes who achieve excellence after graduation.

Lee’s affinity for the game of golf was also a defining part of his life. A self-described “golf nut”, the greens and fairways (and sometimes trees) were his sanctuary; he was fortunate to have played many of the world’s finest courses. Lee was especially proud to be a member of Pine Valley Golf Club for more than 30 years.

Professionally, Lee rose through the ranks at Scott Paper Company and Scott Paper Company Limited from a regional salesman to President, Chairman and CEO. After retiring from Scott Paper, he was tapped to be President of Household Products for Sunbeam Corporation. Then, after retirement from the corporate world, Lee’s passion led him to transform the Hidden Lakes Golf Club in New Smyrna Beach to a first-rate course, winning awards and delivering an epic golf experience. He also served the NSB community as a leader in the Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission.

Lee leaves behind his loving wife, Kathy (Vail) Griffith, his children Deborah Griffith, Michael Griffith, James Stratton and Paul Stratton, and his four cherished grandchildren. Though Lee has left this world, his spirit lives on in the love he shared, the lessons he imparted, and the memories he gifted us. His legacy serves as a reminder to embrace life’s passions and treasure every moment with our loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, embodying Lee’s commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others.

May Lee’s soul find eternal peace, and may we find comfort in the memories we shared and the love that will forever bind us together. War Eagle Forever.


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  1. Helen Kramer says:
    29 Aug 2023
    My condolence to you, Kathy, and your entire family. Lee was a very special man. I joined Hidden Lakes Golf Club in 2007. Lee seemed to be there every day. He would greet me and ask how I was doing and how was the golf game. He always had a smile. He will be missed.

  2. Rose Traub says:
    26 Aug 2023
    My sincere condolences. Lee was a leader in our community. Such a kind gentleman. My heart is full for Kathy and his family. RIP Lee

  3. Mark McNerney says:
    26 Aug 2023
    Lee was a man of integrity. I will miss chatting with him. He always had time for everyone. My prayers go out to Kathy and the entire family.

  4. Cathy Harris says:
    26 Aug 2023
    cathyharrisap@yahoo.com
    Sending love and light to Kathy and family. May your memories bring you solace during this difficult time.

  5. Cathy Harris lit a candle:
    26 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 26, 2023 at 8:33:12 AM

  6. Cathy Harris lit a candle:
    26 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 26, 2023 at 8:31:57 AM

  7. Dominic Mercurio says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Dear Kathy and family,

    Our deepest condolences to you Kathy and your loved ones in the passing of Lee. He was a gentleman and friend who will be missed by all in this community and all the people whose lives he touched. We will remember him through his kindness and remarkable memory. May you have peace and may he rest in the arms of God.
    Marlene and Dom Mercurio

  8. Debbie Frickie says:
    25 Aug 2023
    What a kind neighbor who always greeted us with a smile and a cheerful "hello". Sending Kathy and all of the Griffith family my sympathy and most sincere condolences. He was well respected by all in the Fairgreen community and helped to make the community such a wonderful place to live.

  9. Rosemarie Frutchey says:
    25 Aug 2023
    My sympathy and condolences go out Kathy and all of their family and friends. Lee was a good friend to many, and a respected businessman. He strongly cared about the community of New Smyrna Beach. He sure will be missed. May he rest in peace!

  10. John & Debi Wallace says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Kathy, family and friends of Lee. We will miss his smiling face and all the fun times we had together. We are proud and honored to call him our friend.
    John & Debi Wallace

  11. John Wallace says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Kathy and the family. We will miss his smiling face and all the fun times we shared with Lee. We were proud and honoured to call him our friend.
    John and Debi Wallace

  12. John Wallace lit a candle:
    25 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 25, 2023 at 8:43:47 PM

  13. Helen Nelson says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Kathy, may God’s blessings rain upon you and the family as you move through these heavy days ahead. Lee will be missed by all of us who knew him. With deep sympathy and love,
    Helen Nelson

  14. Rosemarie Frutchey says:
    25 Aug 2023
    My deepest sympathy to Kathy and all of their family and friends! Anyone that knew Lee and Kathy they were very caring and community oriented people! Lee was always willing to assist in any way he could. He will be very missed! So sad may he rest in peace!

  15. Ralph lamberti says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you through this difficult time, may God watch over you and comfort you,Ralph Lamberti and Lorraine Braunlich at 210 Golf Club Drive

  16. Ron and Cheryl Buggs says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Thoughts and Prayers to Kathy and Family. Lee was an inspiration to so many. He helped to build our great Fairgreen Community. May God Bless!!

  17. Ron and Cheryl Buggs says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Thoughts and Prayer to Kathy and family. Lee was a great inspiration to so many. He helped build our great Fairgreen Community. May God Bless!

  18. John Lounsbury says:
    25 Aug 2023
    We are so sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. We will cherish his memory ❤️ It was always so special to see him at the golf course, riding his tractor, behind the counter or mingling with friends and players. Sending hugs and prayers to Kathy and the family.

  19. Gene and Dawn Senfield says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Our condolences to Kathy and family. It was a privilege knowing Lee and sharing our time.
    Rest in peace.

  20. Robert Schwab says:
    25 Aug 2023
    Lee was a great man and he will be greatly missed. I considered myself fortunate for the time and wisdom he generously shared. He was a great leader and set a great example for how to treat others. My condolences to Kathy and the entire family.

  21. John & Barbara Vazquez says:
    24 Aug 2023
    Our heartfelt condolences to Kathy, family, friends, and all who knew and loved Lee. We were honored to call him friend. He will be missed.

  22. Doris Moss lit a candle:
    24 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 24, 2023 at 8:47:30 PM

  23. Doris Moss says:
    24 Aug 2023
    I extend my expression of sympathy to Kathy and her family. May God grant you strength and peace.

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