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