Griffin, John William Jr.

March 11, 1972-March 5, 2020 John William Griffin Jr. of West Hartford, CT died at home with family and close friends after an extended yet valiant battle with cancer on March 5, 2020. John was born in Washington, DC to Carolyn Johnson Griffin and the late John William Griffin. He grew up in Alexandria, VA, and graduated from Episcopal High School (Alexandria) and Wesleyan University with a degree in Modern European History in 1994. In both high school and college he played varsity football and lacrosse, and he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After college he worked in New York City at Chemical Bank, Bear Stearns, Lazard Freres, Credit Suisse First Boston (also in London), UBS Securities, and Numerix, handling the post-bankruptcy of the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings. He moved to Hartford ten years ago to work for the Hartford Investment Management Co. in Risk Management. He was a featured speaker at many financial conferences during that time. John is survived by his mother, and three sisters, Jennifer Griffin (Greg Myre), Caitlin Penny (Carlos Penny) and Cassie Gordon Grant (Conrad Gordon Grant), his beloved nieces and nephews, Annalise, Amelia and Luke Myre, and Lachlan Gordon Grant, and cousins. His many friends in Hartford, New York City and Virginia will always remember his wry wit, outsized personality, and his kind and gentle soul. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of John’s name to The Prevent Cancer Foundation

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10 Responses to 'Griffin, John William Jr.'

  1. William Coxe says:

    Dear Griffin Family,

    I was fortunate to get to know John at Episcopal and was lucky enough to call him a teammate. His legacy will live on at Episcopal and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    William Coxe ’91

  2. Howdie Goodwin says:

    Dear Griffin Family,

    John was not only a great teammate on the gridiron at Episcopal but, more importantly was obviously a wonderful guy. Along with our time together at EHS, we enjoyed reconnecting on Nantucket. I’m so sorry for your loss. John was one of a kind.

  3. Daniele Cote (Bucar) says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Griff’s passing. He was a positive force at Wesleyan, a gentleman with an easy confidence. My favourite memories are playing darts at DKE, hanging out with him and Duchess, and singing along to Romeo and Juliet in his Volvo when he gave me rides to/from the gym. We lost touch after he moved to NYC, but I always get a smile when I hear that Dire Straits song, see an old Volvo wagon, or stop to pet a Rottie. Rest in peace, Griff.

  4. Jason DeGeorge says:

    John was a kind soul with a great wit and a big heart. I have fond memories of him on and off the field, making fun of my horrible 90’s attire, and being a genuine and generous friend. He will be missed.

  5. Bill Capuzzi says:


    I have fond memories on the football field and DKE house together. Always a gentleman but with an incredibly quick wit. Rest In Peace.

  6. Chez says:

    It was a true honor and pleasure to play alongside ‘Griff’ in college. He was just a good man over all, both someone that I wanted on the field with me and someone that I would be happy to sit next to on a long bus ride to Maine. I was so saddened to hear that his life was cut short. He was just such a good person and the world needs more men like him.

  7. Lucas Smith says:

    John could best be described as a generous spirit. He was a great teammate, friend, and man. He was quick to offer a helping hand, and even quicker to offer his unfiltered opinion. He was as subtle as a sledgehammer and I loved him for it. 

  8. Dennis Toner says:

    John was a wonderful friend and human being. I will remember that he was quick to lend a hand when he you needed help most. He will be missed.

  9. Katie Irish says:

    Dear Griffin Family,

    John was truly a gentleman and a scholar. I am fortunate to have shared the times I shared with him; together we shared a love of oysters, historical biopics, Siamese cats and the sea. John would look at life and ask, ‘How can I have the most fun’ by ordering excessively at restaurants, making sure no one was thirsty or sad and cracking as many sarcastic jokes as possible. I adored John and he will be greatly missed.

  10. Doug Stead says:

    I will miss you big fella; we spoke often these last couple years and you always said you were ‘fine’-and then asked about Michelle and the kids. Will miss your take on politics; when my Dad died last fall you were so upset you couldn’t make it to the funeral, despite weekly chemo treatments. I know you were proud of your sisters, mentioned your niece was going to Georgetown, and loved working in London. You always ended a phone call with a Ciao-not a good bye-perhaps you never wanted to ever say good bye. Good bye Griff, you will be missed.

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