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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Philip Griggs

Philip H. Griggs

June 19, 1932 - November 12, 2019
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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 for online tributes.
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  • Visitation

    November 22, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    November 22, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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  • Service

    November 23, 2019 | 11:00am
    November 23, 2019 11:00am
    First Congregational Church of Canton Center
    184 Cherry Brook Road
    Canton Center, CT 06020
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    Rev. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza
  • Interment

    North Canton Cemetery
    508 Cherry Brook Road
    Canton, CT 06019
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Posted at 11:11am
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Dave Holl

Posted at 10:57am
Dave Holl
I knew Phil first for his structural steel business. Then we skied together often on Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown. I remember him as a great skier in the day. My condolences to the Griggs family.

Greg Cantwell

Posted at 10:44am
The Cantwell family sends it's love in memory of Phil. I knew Phil on the skiing side of his life. He was always kind, humble, fun - and ready to ski. He had plenty to brag about, I see, but never did. I had to find out from Alisa that he was an afficianado of the Tuckerman headwall. He never said a word. Alisa and family, thanks for sharing him with us.
Greg Cantwell

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