Robert G. “Bob” Griffiths, 76 of 240 West Third Street, Mount Carmel passed away on Friday morning, August 11, 2023 in his home with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bob was born on June 3, 1947, to the late Fred “Fritz” and Louise (Brown) Griffiths.
He was a 1965 graduate of Ashland Area High School.
Bob was a decorated US Air Force veteran having served his country in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
He retired from Bethlehem/Arcelor Steel after 32 years of driving to Steelton in all kinds of conditions.
Bob was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ashland. Bob was very proud of recently becoming Catholic.
Bob and his wife Julie (Flynn) were married in 1982. December would have marked their 41st anniversary. A wonderful son to his mother, and his mother-in-law Ann, they especially enjoyed taking the “moms” to Knoebels every Friday for the fish fry. Bob was Julie’s right hand, and took great pride in every task, known only as “Julie’s husband” at the many community events they worked together. He had the answer to anyone’s problem in his well-stocked garage. After snowstorms, Bob always helped the neighborhood dig out from the giant embankments left by the plows.
He loved sitting on the swing he crafted with his own hands after tending to his garden. Neighbors often benefited from the results of his work, including the plentiful strawberries that sprung from pots every summer. He fed and enjoyed the company of the many birds that would visit, including “Ruby” and “Red,” his two favorite cardinals, as well as many hummingbirds whose feeder he dutifully refilled with homemade juice.
Bob was a loyal fan to his beloved Penn State football team, and was a season ticket holder for many years. After years of traveling to games in his trusty Suburban, the later years were spent enjoying bus trips with dear friends John and Helen Michaels.
In addition to his wife, Julie Griffiths; Bob was a loving father to Joseph and his wife Ann, and David. Also surviving are his nephew, Fred and his family and his niece¬¬¬ and her family; cousins; good friends, Gary and Tina Evans, Jacob Evans, Savannah and James Coyne; and his loyal dog, “Snoopy”.
Thanks to everyone who thought about, and prayed for Bob, as well as the cards, novena, and rosaries. Special thanks to Father Frank Karwacki, and Father Andrew Stahmer, for the many visits, and blessings and Dr. Wayne Miller, and his wonderful staff for the care and kindness shown to Bob over the years.
For centuries the cardinal has been used to represent a loved one who has passed away and as messengers from Heaven. The red of the cardinal is a reminder of the blood of Christ Who does so that we may have eternal life. Bob’s family will always look at the cardinals and other birds in his yard as a reminder he is watching out for us.
There will be no visitation and burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Bob’s memory to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Saint Pauline Center, Kulpmont, or the Mount Carmel Area Community Center. Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To offer a condolence to Bob’s family, please visit the Tribute Wall tab above.