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Anne Griffin

Anne Marie Griffin

September 5th, 1946 - September 15th, 2019
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Obituary

ANNE MARIE GRIFFIN
1946 - 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Anne Marie Griffin of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, announce her passing in Grand Falls-Windsor on September 15, 2019.

Born on September 5, 1946 in Grand Falls to Stanislaus and Hilda (nee Delaney) Griffin, Anne attended Notre Dame Academy and was taught by the Presentation Sisters. She excelled academically at school and was passionate in her pursuit of education. Summers were spent in Placentia, the birthplace of her parents.

After high school, Anne felt a call to enter the religious life and embarked on her post-secondary education at St. Bride’s College at Littledale Convent, St. John’s NL and graduated with full teaching credentials. She eventually decided to live her life as a lay Catholic and continued her career as a teacher. Anne returned to Grand Falls and the majority of her teaching career was spent at St. Francis Xavier Elementary in Windsor NL, from which she retired in the late 1990s.

Beyond being a school teacher, Anne was an accomplished pianist. She taught and nurtured countless young aspiring pianists in Grand Falls, guiding them through many Kiwanis Music Festivals and accolades but most of all inspiring a life-long appreciation of music. Some of her former piano students pursued music degrees becoming professional musicians and music educators thanks to her fastidious tutelage in their early years.

Playing piano and music in general were always a major part of Anne’s life. Her favourite composer was Mozart and she considered his music to be ‘transcendental and sublime’. She still has vinyl and a turntable which is rather fashionable these days.

Upon retirement from teaching, Anne dedicated her efforts to her church. Within the diocese, she worked in the Office of Liturgy and as the Liaison for Pastoral Works. At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, she contributed through her service as a reader, choir member, musical accompanist, and as a member of many committees. Anne’s strong faith was reflected in her years of selfless service to her church community and it is that faith that sustained and comforted her to the end.

Anne was predeceased by her parents, Stan and Hilda, her brother Peter Griffin, and her sister Mary Edwards (nee Griffin). She will be greatly missed by her beloved brother in law, Reginald Edwards of Grand Falls NL; her very close nephew and nieces, Glen Edwards (Patricia) of Grand Falls, NL; Valerie Edwards (Colin Boyd) of Dartmouth, NS; Nancy Edwards (Ian Fergusson) of Dartmouth, NS; Stephanie Edwards (Brian Greening) of Hammonds Plains, NS; and Jennifer Edwards, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, NS; her grandnieces, Heather Edwards (Matthew Hutchings), Martha Edwards-Osmond (Ryan Osmond); and Mikayla Greening; her grandnephews Alex Boyd (Ana Dujakovic), Connor Boyd (Kara Melendy), Griffin Boyd (Sarah Larsen) and one great-grandniece, Erica Osmond.

Visitations will take place at Central Funeral Homes, 45 Union Street, Grand Falls-Windsor, on Thursday, September 19th from 7:00 to 9:00pm, and Friday, September 20th from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm.
The Mass of Christian Burial conducted by Bishop Anthony Daniels will be on Saturday, September 21st at 11:00am at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Church Road, Grand Falls-Windsor. Pallbearers are Jerry Sullivan, Ross Cole, Glen Edwards, Dennis Power, Pierce Carey, and Don Pelley. Honorary pallbearer is Gary Vokey.

The family extends its sincere appreciation to the staff of the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre for their generous care and compassion. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jim Maidment of Central Funeral Homes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday September 19, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday September 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Central Funeral Homes Chapel
    Address
    45 Union St
    Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2C9
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    Notes
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday September 20, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Central Funeral Homes Chapel
    Address
    45 Union St
    Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2C9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Third Visitation

    Friday September 20, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday September 20, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Central Funeral Homes Chapel
    Address
    45 Union St
    Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2C9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Mass

    Saturday September 21, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday September 21, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    Address
    7-9 Church Road
    GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL
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    Notes
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Interment

    Location
    Interfaith Cemetery, Grand Falls-Windsor
    Address
    Union Street
    GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL A2A 1P8
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Andrew Baird

Posted at 05:53pm
I grew up near Anne on Riverview Rd, many times during our younger years we got together on a Saturday to trade our comic books. My sincere condolences on her passing to her family and friends, may she rest in peace.

Brigid Whelan

Posted at 06:29pm
Anne was a wonderful person. She will be deeply missed and I will always cherish the times I've spent with her. May she rest in peace.
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Bernice Hearn

Posted at 06:05pm
Deepest Condolences to Anne’s Family, we will always remember our annual gathering as a group at Plate Cove and the fun and laughter we shared. We will cherish those times. RIP Anne, we shall miss you.
Steve and Bernice Hearn
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William Browne

Posted at 03:08pm
Condolences to the family and friends of Anne Griffin. She was a positive contributor - to her faith, her community and her students.
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Jennifer Edwards

Posted at 09:46am
Anne was my aunt, my mom's sister, and a second mother to me and my sisters and brother in so many ways. We could write a book and fill it with our precious memories of her, however, one book wouldn't be enough. My heart is breaking as I grieve her passing, this great woman of strength and and unshakeable faith. This woman who gave me countless, precious hours of her time as a child and teenager to help me develop into the pianist, music educator, and woman that I am today. I say this from the bottom of my heart and being...I would never have become a musician without her influence and encouragement in my early years. I was a very shy child, but playing the piano allowed me to express the world I held inside my heart and head. I'd be lost without music in my life, and Anne helped me find music, and in many ways, helped me find my voice, and my purpose in life. She helped me along the road to finding myself. And I know she's still with me.
I love you Anne, always have, always will.
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