Raymond Griffin (April 15, 1948 - July 16, 2021)

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Raymond Griffin
  • April 15, 1948
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  • July 16, 2021

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Raymond James (Jim) Griffin passed away at Dr. Phillips Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2021.  Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Ginny; his two sons, James F. Griffin (Michelle) who resides in Missouri and Jonathan Adam Griffin (Candice) who resides in Colorado; six grandchildren, Daniel, Gabriel, Samuel, Evelynn, Jonathan Jr., and Eilah; four sisters, Roberta Eby (Wes), Rose Smith (Ronald), Rebecca Millwater (Lawrence) and Rhona Bartram (Bart); and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his sister Ramona Eade and by his parents, Katie Rourk Thomas and William Raymond Griffin.

Jim was born in Charleston, SC, and moved to Florida as a teen.  He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force for 6-1/2 years during the Vietnam era.   After marrying Ginny in Maryland, he received his discharge from the Air Force and they moved to Florida.  Jim earned his BA in education at what is now Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. He then received his Masters at Rollins College in Winter Park.  Jim had a heart for teaching, and he fulfilled that calling in Orange County schools for more than 32 years. Most of his teaching career was at William R. Boone High School.

Jim loved God first in his life, with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He enjoyed studying the Bible and sharing God’s Word with others.  He played guitar, bass guitar, or drums on the Praise and Worship team at New Life Worship Center, Gotha, FL for 30 years, and it gave him great satisfaction to be able to play for God. He also served in other ministries as needed.  Jim’s family was a vital part of his life.  He loved and was so proud of his sons; his grandchildren were a joy to him.    Jim also lived for soccer.  He coached in various aspects of soccer for over 40 years.  More than 30 of those years were spent as Varsity coach at Boone High School.  During that time, he was inducted into the Boone Hall of Fame as well as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Jim’s satisfaction came from impacting the lives of so many young men who came through the soccer program at Boone.   Jim was always “Proud to be a Boone Brave.”

Jim’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service to be held on Saturday, August 21, 10:00 AM at New Life Worship Center, 2342 Hempel Ave, Gotha, Fl.   Family and friends are invited to attend.

Those wishing to honor Jim in some way are encouraged to donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based humanitarian organization:    convoyofhope.org; Convoy of Hope, PO Box 1125, Springfield, MO 65801

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  4. Nancy Fair Bonatis says:
    23 Aug 2021
    Jim was such a special friend and co-worker. He was always quick with a joke, a compliment, or a word of support and friendship to all of us who worked with him. So many warm memories of his quiet dignity and love for his job. He was definitely one of a kind.

  5. JP Reyes says:
    21 Aug 2021
    It’s hard to put in to words what coach Griffin meant to me. He was certainly a father figure at the time where there wasn’t one for a lot of us throughout his coaching career at Boone. He was loved by many for his charisma and tough love. You will be heavily missed but never forgotten. Thank you for setting the bar high Griff

  6. Daniel Barr says:
    20 Aug 2021
    You will be missed Griff. But your zebra hat will not be.
    Thanks for being a great coach and a great friend.

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    20 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 20, 2021 at 8:35:31 PM

  8. Henry ,Yuisa, Hannah and Adam Membreno lit a candle:
    20 Aug 2021
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  9. Jessica says:
    20 Aug 2021
    The only teacher from Boone that made any positive impact on my life. And fun fact: yours was the only class I made sure to show up for! Not only did you always allow me my coffee, but you taught me so much more than the inner workings of our government. You were direct, took no crap, and gave no crap, and it was this style of teaching that indirectly encouraged all of your students to not only grow up and hold themselves accountable, but also to hold nothing back from who they are as a person. I feel so blessed to have known you, if even only for just a high school course. You really embody the concept that you never know how you can impact a life, no matter how close a connection you may or may not make. Thank you for being a light in an otherwise dark life. I pray the Lord keep your family close and lightens the weight of their sorrows.

  10. Sandra Nieves Montefusco lit a candle:
    19 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 19, 2021 at 8:07:15 PM

  11. Sharmain and girls lit a candle:
    07 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 7, 2021 at 8:32:01 PM

  12. Brian Sherman says:
    07 Aug 2021
    Teacher, mentor, coach. Coached with Griff for 4 years at the Orange and White. Always was ready to help, always ready to go the extra mile. ALWAYS wanted the best for others. Time for me to carry the torch. You are missed.

  13. Courtney Flowers says:
    04 Aug 2021
    Griffin! You were truly one of my favorite people on earth. Even though I graduated almost 20 years ago, daily I caught myself saying something you said or taught me. You will always be my favorite teacher and one of the smartest people I’ve ever known. I know you've touched so many lives and we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to know you. My prayers are with your family as they grieve.

  14. Charlotte & Jim Nicely lit a candle:
    03 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 3, 2021 at 8:49:27 AM

  15. Lori Robbins says:
    31 Jul 2021
    Psalms 91a "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty..."

    It is not possible to fill the void in our earthly life your passing has left but your faith, words of encouragement, quirky sense of humor, and humble spirit spoke loudly of your love for our Lord Jesus Christ and for all of us, your church family. As you rest now in His shadow, we remain in faith believing we shall see you again and rejoice together in Paradise.

  16. Lori Robbins lit a candle:
    31 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 31, 2021 at 7:38:12 PM

  17. Hunter Strickland says:
    31 Jul 2021
    Jim was quite a character; I didn’t understand him at first as a coach, but I’m so thankful for the friendship we grew to have on and off the field, even after high school. He left a major impact on my life and will be missed dearly. I’m gonna miss you Griff. RIP

  18. Leo Madrigal says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Jim was my Best Friend not only in Soccer but we Share Great Times . We Attended many Soccer Clinics , Soccer Finals and Share great Memories . Jennie was a great wife and mother . Jim will be miss by the Soccer Community and all of his friends . God bless jim and his Family

  19. Roberta Eby says:
    30 Jul 2021
    My heart is broken at losing you so soon. You were in my life since I was almost 12 years old. I'm thankful we had the last almost 15 years living so close to each other. I know where you are and we will be together again soon. God is faithful and I trust Him to help us all during this devasting time. Miss you so my brother. Love, Roberta

  20. Lois and Carol Pra says:
    30 Jul 2021
    We pray God comfort you and your family.

  21. Carolyn Reineke says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Coach Jim Griffin will certainly be missed by a number of young men who were privileged to be coached by him. He was one who could dish out sarcasm but also took it back with a smile. He was such a friend to the Boone High School soccer community and as parents of two of those players, we are grateful to have had Jim in our life. RIP in peace Coach Griffin

  22. Rhona V Bartram says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Jim, my only brother. We were closest in age so argued a lot. He was always so good to me. We fought Cancer together, I'm still fighting. I was so looking forward to his visit in May, which never happened as he got sick. I'm so thankful I got to talk to him a few weeks before he died. I feel he left us to soon but I know he is safe in the arms of our Lord. We will meet again as he is saving my place in heaven. He touched so many lives and I'm sure God is so pleased with him. I will hold you in my heart until the day I die. I love you sweet brother.

  23. Kathy Savoie says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Jim was an integral part of the ministry at New Life. He gave of his time and talents so unselfishly - in the Worship Team, Men's Ministry, and helping individuals in our church family. We have lost a great friend, musician, Bible teacher, jokester, and so much more. Jim went quietly on his way helping others without creating fanfare or wanting credit. He was a much-loved mentor to so many young men on his soccer teams. Jim, you will be missed by all, and your influence for God will live on in the lives of those you have touched.

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