It is with great
regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill
Griffiths, on 10 October in Tierra Verde,
FL, as a result of an apparent heart attack.
Bill is survived by his wife,
Pat; their son, Rich; their daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi
Huntsman (Eric); and grandson, Patrick William Huntsman.
Funeral services and burial will
be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL.
Additionally, the family
will host a Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL.
Leigh Major, Bill
Griffiths’ daughter, is planning Bill’s
Memorial Service and Burial
Celebration of Life
service and has asked that the
following information be shared with classmates.
The Memorial Service and Burial
will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL on Friday,
December 8th at 1:30 p.m.
Celebration of Life
service will be held at
Tampa Bay Watch in Tierra
Verde, FL on Saturday, December 9th from 4 to 7 pm.
Dress is red, white, and blue or other patriotic attire.
If you are planning to attend,
please Leigh know by sending her a message at
The family is working with The
Don CeSar to secure group pricing.
The Don CeSar is the
nicest hotel on St. Pete Beach!
Rooms are $287
which includes tax and resort fee.
There is also The Don
CeSar Beach House which is close by but not part of the main hotel.
Guests of the Beach
House can use all the amenities of the main hotel.
Rooms are $219
which includes tax and resort fee of $40.
To make reservations, go to
and reserve under BILL
Another good option is the
Hilton St. Petersburg
Bayfront in downtown St.
Pete which is in a great area with trendy restaurants, shopping, etc.
It is on the bay with
great views. There is
no group rate offered so you can just book on your own by going to
Rooms are $189 plus tax (there is no resort fee).
Military and senior discounts are available.
Regarding flights, Leigh
suggests you check out Allegiant Airlines.
They fly out of
regional airports directly into the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport with great
access to Tierra Verde.
If you have any questions,
contact Leigh at 832-584-8937.
Condolences may be sent to Pat
at 1595 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715-2519.
In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested that donations in Bill’s memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch
where Bill was an active member serving on the Board of Directors.
Donations may be mailed to
3000 Pinellas Bayway South,
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
or made online at
Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\B-1 Bill Griffiths.pdf
Col. William "Bill" GRIFFITHS
Col. William Richard "Bill" US (Ret.)
78, of St. Petersburg, passed away October 10, 2017. Bill was born
in Manhattan to Edith and Richard Griffiths and attended Brooklyn
Technical High School. Following his graduation from the United
States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served honorably for
28 years as an Army Officer, including as an Armored Division
Officer in command of combat units for two tours in Vietnam. He
earned two Legion of Merit Medals, the Silver Star, three for valor, five Army Commendation Medals, 11 Air
Medals, and numerous campaign and foreign awards. Bill's final
tour of duty was as Director of the Joint Doctrine Center with
independent command at MacDill AFB. Along the way, Bill earned two
Master's degrees and was privileged to serve on the faculty at
West Point teaching military history to the cadets. He also
assumed command of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry "Quarterhorse" at
Ft. Riley, KS, and completed a tour of duty in S. Korea as an
advisor to the Republic of Korea Army. He was the author of "The
Great War," which is used in text book form at West Point to this
After retiring from the Army, Bill served as an advocate for
veterans at Worknet Pinellas where he worked as the Veteran
Program Manager. He was also the screening committee chairman for
two U.S. Congressmen for appointment of young men and women to
West Point. In addition, Bill served on the board of directors of
the West Point Society, Florida West Coast and CareerSource
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; his son, Richard
Griffiths; daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi Huntsman (Eric);
grandson, Patrick William Huntsman.
Funeral Services will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in
Pinellas County, FL, Friday, Dec. 8, 1:30 pm. The family will host
a patriotic Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra
Verde, FL, Dec. 9 from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested donations in Bill's memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch (tampabaywatch.org)
where Bill served on the Advisory Committee.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 22, 2017