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George F. Griffis BENNINGTON — George F. Griffis, 73, a resident of North Bennington, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Bennington on October 31, 1945, and was the son of the late Dudley and Mary (Burns) Griffis. He was raised in Arlington, and attended Arlington schools, and is a graduate of Arlington High School. George proudly served in the Air Force, during the Vietnam Era. George was a stonemason by trade, and an outdoorsman at heart. He loved to share his vast knowledge of the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. He taught them to celebrate nature and how to live harmoniously with and in the natural world. When he wasn't spending time hiking, hunting or fishing in his beloved Green Mountains, he could be found playing guitar, drawing and painting. He enjoyed reading Stephen King novels and books about American history. He is survived by three children, George Griffis of Bristol, Connecticut, Mackenzie Rouleau (Tony) of Greenwich, NY and Sam (Sage) Griffis of Salem, NY; nine grandchildren; his former wife and close friend Heather Reid of Greenwich, NY; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by one daughter, Grace Griffis; one sister, Colleen Hastings; and two brothers, Bill Griffis and Dudley Griffis. At George's request, the family will host a Celebration of Life with food, music and friendship at the family home, 521 North Road, Greenwich, NY on Saturday, June 22, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. All are welcome, and are asked to bring a dish to pass and a story to share. The guestbook and condolences may be left at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

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