Philip Griggs, 87, of Canton, beloved husband of the late Cynthia Erickson Griggs, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Phil was a Princeton University graduate and a loyal, lifelong Princeton Tiger. Earning an MS in civil engineering at Rutgers University, he became a licensed Professional Engineer. As President of Topper & Griggs, Inc., he designed and fabricated the steel for many area buildings including the Stilts Building, a Hartford landmark. He was an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers where he led a group focused on enhancing earthquake standards.
He spent his life giving back to his community as a dedicated member of the Canton Lions Club, a deacon in the church, and as a volunteer for numerous other organizations. He was a longtime firefighter with the North Canton Volunteer Fire Association and for many years produced “The Little Red Phone Book”.
A passionate skier and lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, he patrolled at Canton Ski Hill and Ski Sundown for over 60 years! As a ski and toboggan instructor his legacy continues through the generations he mentored.
He is survived by his four children, Alisa (Glen) and sons Griggs and Timothy; Ed (Karen) and children Ed (Amy) and daughter Kaylee; Chris; Chériana and Mike; Carolyn (John) and son Ryan; and Andrew (Marjean) and children Erik (fiancée Jackie) and Liza. He was a devoted father and will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
Calling hours will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, November 22nd, at Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike (Rte. 44), Canton and a memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 23rd, at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road (Rte. 179), Canton Center. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Lions Charities, Inc., P.O. Box 363, Canton, CT 06019 or the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, PO Box 133, Canton Center, CT 06022. Please visit Phil’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.