2014-04-04 / Obituaries

Frederick Griffin Jr.

Frederick W. Griffin Jr. 66, Rick to all who knew him, a resident of Kennebunkport and former longtime owner of the Kennebunkport Inn, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness.

Rick was born Aug. 24, 1947, in Manchester, N.H., the son of Frederick W. and Ruth Dickson Griffin, and is a graduate of Berwick Academy and the University of New Hampshire with a business degree in hotel management. During college, he met and married Martha Myrand. They have been married for almost 43 years.

In 1979, Rick and Martha purchased the Kennebunkport Inn and operated it for 22 years before retiring in 2001. He then began a 12-year career selling real estate, most recently with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. His commitment to his clients and colleagues was remarkable, and he truly enjoyed work.

First and foremost a family man, Rick always took pride in the accomplishments of his daughters and relished every moment with them. He loved to ski, play tennis, and spend time on the water boating. When grandchildren came along, he could be found in his office, between appointments, singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to his granddaughters.

Rick was a true and generous leader, and his kindness was contagious. He was active in the community, having organized the drive to raise the first $100,000 endowment to preserve the Nott House as part of the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Currently, Rick was serving on the Parsons Way Committee, for many years served as tree warden for Kennebunkport, Vestry of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, corporator of Kennebunk Savings Bank, and has served as member and past president of the Kennebunk Rotary Club, Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, the Kennebunk Senior Center and past commodore of the Kennebunk River Club.

Survivors include his wife Martha Griffin of Kennebunkport; his mother Ruth Griffin of Franconia, N.H.; two daughters, Lydia Hudacsko and her husband Michael of Victor, Idaho, and Alexis Collins and her husband Christopher of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; two granddaughters, Neve Hudacsko and Ripley Collins, and three sisters.

Visiting hours were March 30 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, in Kennebunk. A celebration of Rick’s life was held March 31 at South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport with the Reverends Charles Whiston and Peter Cheney officiating.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made in Rick’s memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Keith Ligon, 10 Brookline Place W. 6th floor, Brookline, MA, 02445, Kennebunk Senior Center 173 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043, or to Louis T. Graves Memorial Library PO Box 391, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046.

Arrangements by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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