SHERMAN - Todd R. Griswold, 48, of Sherman-Stedman Rd., passed away on Nov. 18, 2012, at his home on the family farm due to his battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 15, 1964, in Westfield Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Charles R. Griswold and Barbra J. Blue-Griswold-Taber of Jamestown. He attended Sherman Central School. He braved the picket line at Ridg-U-Rak at age 18 with his yellow Mercury Cougar and though his car suffered a broken windshield, he came out the winner, determined to work. He was currently employed at Ridg-U-Rak, North East, Pa. Oct. 5, 2012, was his 31st anniversary with Ridg-U-Rak. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, with his sister Teresa hanging on for dear life, snowmobiling and ATVing with his brother Ron "Rock" and loved to hunt. He also found time to work on a racecar with his brother. Todd also enjoyed his farm animals and working in the woods.
Todd will be sadly missed by those who really knew him, his many friends and colleagues who he worked with. He was a pillar of strength through his medical problems and seldom complained. He loved his children and grandchildren more than they will ever know. He would tell us if he were here, "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I turned my back and left it all, I could not stay another day. Tasks left undone must stay that way for I found peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief."
Todd R. Griswold
Besides his mother, he is survived by his partner of many years, Terri Ebright of Sherman, N.Y.; two daughters, Tayllor and Teanna Griswold of Sherman; step-children, Dorian (wife, Stephanie) Biondo and Jennifer Maka both of Erie, Pa., Joseph Ebright of Sherman, N.Y., and Ashley Ebright of Harborcreek, Pa.; seven grandchildren; aunts, JoAnn Westphal, Sharon Fisher, Jessie May Griswold and Beverly Davis; and uncles, Richard, David, Floyd and Thomas Griswold.
A funeral service was held Nov. 24 at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, with the Rev. Paul Sears, officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Stanley Hose Fire Department, P.O. Box 574, Sherman, N.Y. 14781.