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David Edward Griffin
Service: July 8, 2017 (Saturday) from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Union Jack's, Gaithersburg, MD

David Edward Griffin (Griff), 53, of Gaithersburg Maryland, beloved son of Florence Elizabeth Griffin and the late Dr. Calvin Leon Griffin, passed away Sunday, June 18 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. David is survived by his loving wife Chrystine Griffin, his stepchildren Lauren Andria Brown and Tyler Clark Brown, his younger brother Christopher Lee Griffin, his sister-in-law Jill Griffin, his niece Samantha Lee Griffin and nephew James David Griffin. David is also survived by his Aunt Brenda Lee, his Godmother/Aunt Merry Hudson, his cousins Karen Barr, Kimberly Lee Minor, Diana Clark, George Clark, Jamal Griffin and Jason Griffin as well as four godchildren and many other family and friends. Born on August 26, 1963 in Washington, DC, David’s family moved to Potomac, Maryland where he attended Rosemary Hills Elementary School, Montgomery Hills and Herbert Hoover Junior High Schools, and Winston Churchill High School where he excelled in academics while playing football and basketball for the Bulldogs. Along the way he accumulated many lifelong friends who stayed by his side right through his final days.

David attended The College of William & Mary on a football scholarship, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Nu fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government before going on to earn a Master’s in Taxation from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School; and as usual acquiring more close friends along the way with whom he would share his love of high school, college and professional sports; classic TV shows, movies and politics for years to follow.

David was a fierce competitor but he also had a big heart. He was especially fond of basketball and believed he had a moral responsibility to teach kids through coaching. Beginning in 2000, David served as an assistant coach for the Quince Orchard High School Boys’ basketball team, where he didn’t miss a single game in 16 seasons. He always had a soft spot for the underdog, and this year the Cougars, many of whose members David had been coaching since the 6th grade, surpassed all expectations by making it to the Maryland 4A state finals, ultimately falling just short of the state title in overtime. In recognition for his years of commitment and skill, David was named Coach of the Year of the I-270 League. Known affectionately to his friends as “Griff”, “Fee”, “the UN” and “Big Money”, it was more often David or Dave, the loyal, huggable friend and colleague who was there with a compassionate ear, a word of support or a big shoulder to cry on. Griff also appreciated a well-cooked meal and enjoyed many a spirited debate involving history, sports or politics over a rack of ribs and a draft beer. Griff’s heart was big enough for everyone, even those he might disagree with, and so it is with heavy hearts that we commit David’s memory to the ages and his soul to eternity. He was and always will be a great friend to so many.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Casey House (Montgomery Hospice) http://www.montgomeryhospice.org or The College of William and Mary https://giving.wm.edu/give-now.html. A celebration of Griff’s life will be held at Union Jack's in Gaithersburg on Saturday July 8, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM. To assist in planning, an Evite has been created for the event. Contact Denise Feldman at dfeldman1005@yahoo.com to receive the invitation.

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