Henry A. Griffin, Jr. snow skiing in Switzerland after the end of the war.

SOUTH PORTLAND - Henry A. (Bud) Griffin, Jr., 91, of South Portland, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, with his loving family by his side. He was born the son of Henry A. Griffin Sr. and Isabelle E (Cobb) Griffin on August 3, 1921 in their cottage on Willard Beach in South Portland. They later lived on Smith St in South Portland. Growing up, his parents, and Grandfather Daniel Cobb, owned and ran a grocery store on Preble Street in South Portland. Henry attended South Portland schools and graduated from South Portland High School class of 1941. In high school he was a diver, runner, swimmer, cheerleader, and was involved in the rifle club. He was proud of the fact that he had swum across the Casco Bay channel. He was also one of the first members of the Downeast Ski Club, walking up Pleasant Mountain (now Shawnee Peak) to ski down. Henry learned the electrical trade from his father and became an electrician. He worked at the South Portland shipyard as an electrician and welder. In the fall of 1943 he enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to Company A, 245th engineer combat battalion, which was soon attached to the Third Army, led by General George Patton. Henry fought in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated Ebensee concentration camp, while moving across France, Germany, and Austria. He also was at Hitler's Eagle's Nest shortly after it was captured. Henry received three battle stars for major battles and was also wounded in action, and received the Purple Heart. During his time in Europe, he was proud to have received praise on a chance meeting with General Patton. Some of Henry's jobs during the war were building bridges, running electrical lines, and blowing things up as needed. After the war, Henry resumed his electrical career. His parents owned the Dunscroft Inn in Scarborough where they served shore dinners to those arriving by trolley. Henry ran Scarborough electric Service in a little shop by the garage of the Inn. Around this time he married Marjorie (Richardson) Littlefield, and helped raise her two young children, whose father was lost in WWII. For a time, they lived in an apartment above a house next to the Inn. They later moved to Downeast Lane in Scarborough, where they had the Lamplighter Motel, and Scarborough electric Service. Henry co-owned a piper cub plane which he enjoyed flying, and also received a letter of recognition from the governor for help in locating a father and three young sons who had drowned off the coast of Maine. Henry built a log cabin named "Seahawk" on the beach at Higgins Beach. He was very proud that he had built the strongest seawall at Higgins, which still stands today. Henry enjoyed taking friends and family out on his boat for cruises and fishing. Henry later married Beatrice Lapomarda and had two children, Henry A Griffin III and Rosanne Griffin. He was also a step-dad to her prior two children, James Castelluzzo and Janis (Castelluzzo) Nichols. Henry worked for Milliken Brothers Electric for a time and later owned Griffin Electric in South Portland. He spent many fun summers at the family cottage at Peabbles Cove Cape Elizabeth from 1967 until 1981, with his parents, his sister and his children. He took his children on many ski trips growing up to Pleasant Mountain and Sugarloaf. Later in life, Henry was very pleased to re-marry Marjorie Griffin and they lived together again on Downeast Lane until her passing two years ago, at which time he moved back to his home on Burwell Ave, South Portland, where he lived until now. Henry was a 64 year member of Hiram Lodge #180 F. & A.M. in South Portland. In earlier years, Henry was a member of the Scarborough Rotary, and more recently, the South Portland VFW. Henry loved to speak German, play the harmonica, and also loved to sing, especially the German song "Lili Marlene", "You are my Sunshine", and "Smile and the World Smiles with you", and even sang some of these to friends, family and nurses in the hospital his last week. He was a kind and happy man, always smiling and loved to joke around. It was important to do his best for his family. Henry is predeceased by his father Henry A Griffin Sr. in 1972, his mother Isabelle E (Cobb) Griffin in 2001, both of South Portland and Scarborough, and his wife Marjorie Griffin of Scarborough in 2011. Henry is survived by his daughter Rosanne Griffin, and his grandson Hunter Kremin, both of North Yarmouth, son Henry A Griffin III of the Netherlands, step daughter Donna Brady of Scarborough, step son Ray Littlefield of Buxton, step son James Castelluzzo of San Diego, CA, step daughter Janis (Castelluzzo) Nichols of Fall River, MA, sister Helen Smith-Hurd of Cape Elizabeth, sister Ruth Pelton of Windsor CT, and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. Henry will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 11 - 1 p.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 1 p.m., officiated by Monsignor Henchell of St Maximillian Kolbe in Scarborough. There will also be a Masonic service during visiting hours at 12:00 pm. A military service and interment will take place later in the spring at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in South Portland. The family of Henry A Griffin Jr. wishes to thank the staff of the 2nd floor Richards wing at Maine Medical Center and the Gosnell House in Scarborough for their kind and compassionate care. They would also like to express appreciation for the help he received from meals on wheels, neighbors, and friends, which helped him to remain living at home until now. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: Maine Military Museum 50 Peary Terrace South Portland, Maine 04106 Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.Hobbsfuneralhome.com by selecting the "obituaries" tab.