WATERTOWN, NY — The funeral service for James C. Griffith will be 1:00pm Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will follow the service in Honeyville Cemetery, Adams Center. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home beginning at 11:00 a.m.
James, Adams Center, passed away at home Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, where he was surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County. He was 67 years old.
Born Dec. 5, 1952, in Malone, the son of Carl and Kathleen (Premo) Griffith, he graduated in 1971 from Franklin Academy in Malone, NY.
In October of 1981 James entered the New York State Correctional Officers Academy. He worked as a corrections officer at Attica, and Dannemora Prisons before relocating to the Watertown Correctional Facility where he would later retire in 2007.
On Aug. 16, 1997, he married Laurie Herzig McDaid at their home in Adams Center.
James enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, golf, competitive shooting, traveling and watching the Food Network. He was a member of the Watertown VFW, Elks Lodge, and Sons of the American Legion. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and volunteered at numerous chicken bar-b-ques for the organizations he belonged to.
Besides Laurie, his wife of 23 years, James is survived by his children, Andrea and Michael Renwick of West Leyden, Daniel McDaid of Tonawanda; his grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Paige; his siblings, Cheryl Griffith of Schenectady, Kay (Jack) Perry of Texas; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dogs, Morgan, Guinness, and granddog Koda.
He was predeceased by his parents Kathleen (1991), Carl (1993), and three siblings, Michael (1952), Susan Hooper Gibson (2016) and Judy Bussey (2020).
Donations may be made in his memory to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 1331 E Wyoming Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made online at reedbenoit.com