LONDONDERRY TIMES ◆
JANUARY 12, 2012
Passerby Discovers Fire in Shasta Drive Residence A
KATHEEN D. BALIEY
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structure fire at 34 Shasta Drive on Thursday, Jan. 5, was quickly contained,
Londonderry Fire Mar- shal Brian Johnson said, with the only real casual- ty a vacuum cleaner. Johnson said the fire at the home owned by
William Griffin William Bernard Griffin died Jan. 2, 2012.
He was born May 9, 1930 in Springfield, Mass., to the late Fran- cis and Ethel Griffin. He graduated from Cathedral High School, class of 1948, and attended Western New England College.
While in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, he was awarded a Commendation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation and the National Defense Service Medal.
After his honorable discharge in 1955, he was employed by Western Electric Co. He worked with the U.S. Army as a technical advisor on the NIKE anti-aircraft missile systems that were deployed around many American cities. He later assisted U.S. military advisory units assigned to provide support for the Nationalist Chinese Army on Taiwan from the late 1950s through the ‘60s. During that period, he was awarded the Chinese Army Service emblem on behalf of General Kao Kuei-yuan, Commander in Chief, Nationalist Chinese Army. After his return to the U.S., he worked with two specialized teams developing a guidance unit used with Titan 3C Missiles, and the SAFEGUARD project, an anti-missile system. His latter years of employ- ment included assignments in North Andover, Mass., and Winston-Salem, N.C. He also participated in the development of AMPS, the early mobile phone system, at Bell Labs in New Jersey. He retired in 1991.
He was active in local sports and school activi- ties while living in Londonderry. He coached Little League baseball and flag football while supporting the creation of both a Pop Warner midget football team and a new Londonderry High School football team. He was elected to the Londonderry High School Hall of Fame in 1987. He is survived by Dolores, his wife of 49 years;
three sons and their families: Joseph (Thipagorn) and grandchildren Charlotte and Sean, of Plano, Texas, James (MaryAnn) and granddaughters Claire and Abigail, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and William (Carolyn) and grandchildren Winston and Anna of Eden, N.C.; one sister, Kathleen Ouellette of Boston; and a brother, Dr. John Griffin (Janice), of Long- meadow, Mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Leo the
Great Catholic Church Jan. 6. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Social Services, 627 West Second St. Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Online condolences can be made at www.hayworth- miller.com
. Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home of Clem- mons, N.C., is handling the arrangements.
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Donald Cummings was called in by a neighbor who was walking his dog and heard the smoke alarm. Three Londonder- ry engines, a ladder truck, the command vehicle and the Fire Prevention vehi-
cle responded, along with a tanker from Litchfield. The home was unoc- cupied and being pre- pared for Cummings to rent it out, Johnson said. The only permanent dam- age was to a vacuum
cleaner in the living room. But, he added, "It was a long, slow, smoldering fire" and there was heavy smoke damage to the walls on all three floors, which Cummings had just had repainted in prepara-
tion for rental.
Mutual aid teams from Manchester, Hudson and Derry covered London- derry's three stations while they responded to the fire, Johnson said.
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