Mr. Scott Griffith, 60 of Milan, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at NHC Healthcare.
Obituary for Scott Garfield Griffith
August 13, 1957 – February 8, 2018
Scott passed away on February 8, 2018 in Milan, Tennessee after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He spent the last few years of his life at Westley Fountains Place Assisted Living in Milan, Tennessee where he made many friends. Some of the residents good-naturedly referred to him as “shorty” due to his tall stature. He is remembered as a kind and generous man who never complained about his physical limitations.
Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy (Wall) Griffith (1926-2013) and Jean Ryle “Griff” Griffith (1923-2011).
Scott leaves behind a daughter, Brook Joyce Griffith, and her mother, Robin (Reed) Lambert, both of Plainfield, IL. He also leaves behind his three siblings and their spouses: Neva (Griffith) Miller and George Miller of Sequim, WA; Dean and Susan (Malone) Griffith of Huntingdon, TN, and David and Tamara (Martin) Griffith of Weatherford, TX.
Scott, a 1975 graduate of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, IL, had exceptional mechanical abilities and went on to enroll in the Apprenticeship Program at the Fisher Body Division on General Motors in Willow Springs, IL.
Later, Scott worked as a Class-A Mechanic at Commonwealth Edison until an industrial accident, causing his Parkinson’s symptoms, made it impossible to continue working.
Scott was always an avid fan of motorsports. In his younger years, he raced motocross and stock cars. He was an official at the Grundy County Speedway for a time.
He also liked winter sports and would seasonally trade his motorcycle for a snowmobile (and then back again) so he could enjoy snowmobiling with his friends.
Scott loved hockey too. During high school, he was enrolled in a youth hockey school run by members of the Chicago Blackhawks. Because of his size and agility, he was invited to practice as a goalie for players such as Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bobby Hull. At one practice, Bobby Hull made a shot that hit Scott squarely between his mask and helmet, laying him out flat on the ice.
In later years, Scott volunteered at Jackson Tennessee Regional Hospital where he repaired equipment and became a favorite of the staff and even played Santa at their Christmas party.
Scott also led Narc. Anon. meetings in his community, helping people with addiction issues.
During his parents’ later years, Scott was a great comfort to them and frequently stayed at his mother’s home to keep her company after his father passed away.
Our Gentle Giant will be missed by many.