2011-06-16 / Obituaries

Thomas Eugene Griffiths

June 25, 1936 – May 29, 2011

Thomas Eugene Griffiths, a popular radio/ TV personality and newspaper executive whose career spanned more than 50 years in east and west-coast media, passed away last week in California of cancer. He was 74.

Tom was born to Eugene and Therese Griffiths (Adams) on June 25, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Shaw High School) and briefly attended Kent State University before entering the U.S Army in 1954.

In the late 1950’s, Tom became a popular and well-known radio announcer and TV personality in Cleveland, Denver, and Rochester, NY. While on assignment for WHEC radio in Rochester, Tom was the first radio reporter on the scene at the Attica Prison Riots for the Mutual Radio Network.

In 1960, Tom married Stephanie Irene Zielinski and in the mid-1970’s Tom transitioned from radio to the newspaper promotion business as an executive for the Gannett Company at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and later at the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel.

By 1984, Tom and his family moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked as a senior executive for the Daily News, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and the Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles. Tom was also a member and one-time president of the International Newspaper Promotion Association (INPA).

Tom also enjoyed acting part-time, and was a voice-over professional who performed in countless radio, TV and movie productions including “Almost Famous”, “Pearl Harbor”, and “O Brother Where Art Thou”.

Tom was a Boy Scout leader, avid angler, wood worker, writer and musician who loved Jazz and Big Band arrangements. He also volunteered feeding the homeless people of Ventura County for seventeen years.

Tom is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Stephanie Irene Griffiths, his four children Thomas G. Griffiths, Tracy Ann Griffiths, Terri Granard and Tamara Griffiths-Krausen, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tom was lovingly laid to rest on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary in Westlake Village, California.

At Tom’s request, donations can be made to ring14wheels@gmail.com (“Eli’s Wheels”) - Please see http://www.Ring14. net for details.

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