MINETTO, NY – Daniel Bruce Griffin, 51, of Minetto, New York, died on July 30, 2022, after a hard battle with cancer, with his wife and three daughters by his side.
Born in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of Dennis and Elizabeth Anne (Olmsted) Griffin. Dan was married to his best friend, Sharon Deshaies, for 28 years. They took up residence in Minetto, where they raised three strong and intelligent daughters.
Dan attended Madrid-Waddington High School and later earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Oswego. His career spanned nearly 30 years in the college admissions office, most recently as a principal. His dedication to his work and to his colleagues was palpable; he was often described as Oswego’s “biggest cheerleader”, always putting the students first.
Dan will be remembered as a kind and understanding person who had a unique ability to connect with people wherever he went. He is perhaps best known for his sense of humor and quick wit, as he never failed to make others laugh no matter what. Dan worked hard in all aspects of his life – a trait he attributed to his mother, whom he adored.
On weekends, Dan could be seen tending to his yard or washing his vehicles and, when the job was done, drinking a beer and watching the Yankees win. Most importantly, Dan loved spending time with his family – his wife, three daughters, and beloved pets Finn and Casey. He treasured every moment, enjoyed simple things like quiet mornings and a good book, and never took anything for granted.
Daniel is predeceased by his father, Dennis; brother, David; and her sister Denise McKnight.
Surviving is his wife, Sharon; daughters, Hannah, Natalie and Allison; mother, Anne; brothers, Dennis (Fran), Donny, Darrin (Janice) and Dean (Julie); sisters, Diane (Jim) Latimer, Deena (Wally) Claffey and Darlene (Bill) Nelson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends can call Thursday, August 4 from 3-6 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany Street, Oswego.
The funeral will take place on Friday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours church in Minetto. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.
A scholarship at SUNY Oswego is being established to honor Dan’s legacy at the college. Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Daniel B. Griffin ’92 M’00 Memorial Scholarship Fund or by mail to Oswego College Foundation, University Development, 215 Sheldon Hall, Oswego, NY 13126, or by telephone at 315 -312- 3003.
Arrangements are under the caring direction of Nelson Funeral Home.
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