SHERMAN - Todd R. Griswold, 48, of Sherman-Stedman Road, passed away on Nov. 18, 2012, at his home on the family farm, due to his battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 15, 1964, in the Westfield Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Charles R. Griswold and Barbra J. Blue-Griswold-Taber of Jamestown, N,Y.
He attended Sherman Central School, at age 18, braved the picket line at Ridg-U-Rak with his yellow Mercury Cougar, his car suffered a broken windshield, but he came out the winner and determined to work. He was currently employed at Ridg-U-Rak, North East, Pa. On Oct. 5, 2012, it was his 31st anniversary with Ridg-U-Rak.
Todd R. Griswold
He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, (with his sister, Teresa hanging on for dear life) snowmobiling and ATVing with his brother, Ron ''Rock,'' and loved to hunt. He also found time to work on their race car with his brother. Todd also enjoyed his farm animals and working in the woods. Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Todd will be sadly missed by those who really knew him and his many friends and colleagues that he worked with. He was a pillar of strength through his medical problems and seldom complained. He loved his children and grandchildren more than they will ever know. He would tell us if he were here "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I turned my back and left it all, I could not stay another day. Tasks left undone must stay that way for I found peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.''
Besides his mother, he is survived by his partner of many years, Terri Ebright of Sherman, N.Y.; two daughters: Tayllor and Teanna Griswold of Sherman; stepchildren: Dorian (wife, Stephanie) Biondo, and Jennifer Maka both of Erie, Pa., Joseph Ebright of Sherman, N.Y., and Ashley Ebright of Harborcreek, Pa.; seven grandchildren; aunts: JoAnn Westphal, Sharon Fisher, Jessie May Griswold and Beverly Davis; and uncles: Richard, David, Floyd and Thomas Griswold.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, with The Rev. Paul Sears officiating. Visitation wil be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Stanley Hose Fire Department, P.O. Box 574 Sherman, NY 14781.