Vincent Anthony Griffin, Sr

July 17, 1939 - November 5, 2007
Vincent Anthony Griffin, Sr


Vincent Anthony Griffin, Sr., 68, of Wilmington passed away November 5, 2007 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

Vince was born July 17, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from LaSalle High School. He received an Associate Degree in Architecture from Temple University and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. He served honorably in the US Army and the Army Reserves. He began his lifelong career as a Commercial Builder in the Pocono Mountains of PA. In 1988 he relocated to Wilmington and continued his career with Wilcox Construction and most recently with NRL Builders. Throughout his career he received many building awards.
Vince had a passion for the water and was an avid sailor. He treasured his high sea adventures on the Victoria II sailing between Wilmington and the Bahamas. Vince raced with WBORA, had his 100 Ton Captains License and served with the Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years.
Vince loved cooking and baking, snow skiing, fishing, hunting, ice skating, scuba diving, snorkeling and was a devoted local soccer fan.

He is survived by the love of his life Gayle Tustin and their daughter Jarrie Tustin, Wilmington, NC. Also surviving are 6 children, 8 grandchildren, a brother and sister all of PA and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2007 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 207 S Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, 2222 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Therese Catholic Church.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099


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  • November 08, 2007
    Alexandra Scarmeas says:
    I have the fondest memories of Vince. It takes a wonderful father, husband and man to drive through the night to Florida with five 15 year old girls and fly them to his cherished sailboat in the Bahamas for a week. He was so gracious and fun. He showed all of us what living life was really about...

  • November 30, 2007
    Roger Susi says:
    Vince was the greatest! He will be missed by all who he touched. I wish I had the chance to spend more time with him, but I will always remember the times we had. Gayle, please know you have a freind who os ready to help whenever you need. God Bless, Roger

  • November 09, 2007
    Bruce & Lynn Weichel says:
    Dear Gayle and Jarrie, We are so sorry to about Vince. Our hearts and prayers are with you both. He was such a great guy, even though I haven't seen him in a few years, I always remember how he would make me laugh and smile.

  • November 13, 2007
    Lisa Lake says:
    Hi Gayle and Jarrie: Thinking of both of you everyday. I am looking forward to seeing you both very soon. Both Fred and I will miss Vince very much as I know you both will too. I will always cherish the times we spent with both if you and Vince and look forward to many more with you too. I am so glad we got down last summer for vacation. Lots of love. Lisa

  • November 21, 2007
    Linda Krinks says:
    Hi my sweet sister and niece! I don't know if you are still reading these, but I send my love and thoughts and prayers. Remember I am here for you both!!! Love and a big hug! Linda