It is with the deepest sorrow that Maxine and family announce the sudden and unexpected death of Joe ‘Joey’ ‘The Griff’ Griffiths after a short illness and ICU stay on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born on August 15, 1963 in Sydney, Joe was the son of the late Lillian (Spurvey) and Michael Griffiths.
Besides his parents, Joe was predeceased by his siblings, Harold, Lillian, Mickey, Theresa, and David.
Joe is survived by his long-time partner, Maxine MacDonald and her brother, Keith and sister, Eunice. He is also survived by his brothers, Jimmy and Patrick; sister, Betty Ann Griffiths Campbell, NF; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Joe was a big sports fan and loved hockey (The Leafs), baseball and golf. He played nets as goalie some years ago at the Pier rink and also put together the Harold Griffiths Memorial Ball Tournament for a few consecutive years. In his earlier years, Joe loved to go hunting and always enjoyed his time spent fishing.
Joe worked for years in the woods as a pulp cutter and then moved on to work at Labatt’s Breweries in Toronto. After returning home to Sydney, he was employed with Coca-Cola Canada and was then worked as a painter until he retired.
Visitation and memorial final farewell service for Joseph Griffiths will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4-6 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. ‘Covid Protocols’ will be practiced at the funeral home. Private family interment will take place at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Maxine & Family, so sorry to read of the passing of your partner Joe. Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Harold & Lynn Gillespie
From: Lynn Gillespie
So sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences to all the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at a time like this, may he rest in peace.
From: Donna French
Hey Maxine, So sorry to hear of the passing of Joey,
sending prayers and condolences to you and the family…
Dan & Deb
So sorry for you loss Joey was my first cousin my mom Caroline Spurvey was his aunt
From: Rita Henry
The staff of Alderdale Greens would like to send there sincere condolences
So sorry to hear about your loss Joe was a great guy he will be missed
Thank-you for your kind words & condolences. Joe will be sadly missed.
Thank-you for your condolences & kind words. Joe will be missed by many.
I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thank-you for your condolences.
Our condolences on the loss of Joe ~
Lois & Stu-Thank you guys for your condolences. It was such a big shock that its really hard to get past it.
I am so so sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I can only imagine how devastating this must be for you. All my thoughts and prayers to you and all the family during this most difficult time.
Thank-you Tracey for your sympathies & condolences. Your kind words are deeply appreciated.
My thoughts and most sincere sympathies are extended to all family members and friends. Always involved in fastball and slo pitch in the community of Whitney Pier. Just a great guy. I’ll miss ya Joe.
Thank-You Al for your condolences. He always spoke highly of you & used to talk about your walking or jogging with your backpack full of rocks! He will be missed by so many.
The staff of alderdale greens would like to send our sincere condolences to Joe’s family
Thank-you for your sympathies. Joe just loved to golf and couldn’t get out as often as he would have liked. He loved Alderdale Greens!
Sorry for the loss of Joe…he is my Double 1st cousin ..he had a hard life .My thoughts and prayers r with his family and friends .
Deepest Sympathy to Maxine & Family, Joey was the little brother that lived across the street from us on Victoria Road. I hung around with Betty & Mickey & knew Lillian through the years. Theresa Mary was like a Mother to them, when we were growing up. Love to all & hopefully he will reunite with those who left before him.
Thank-You Doddy for your kind words & sympathies. He will be greatly missed & I hope that you’re right & he is reunited with his Mom & the family & friends that passed before him. I also hope & pray that he is resting in peace.
Thank-you for your condolences & yes, I agree, Joe did have a hard life, to no fault of his own, & tried so hard to push past all the injustices that he had in his earlier years. I pray that he is now at peace.
carolanne grice Spurvey -Thank-you for your condolences & yes, I agree, Joe did have a hard life, to no fault of his own, & tried so hard to push past all the injustices that he had in his earlier years. I pray that he is now at peace.
Me and Joe ran the roads together when we were younger, we had a lot of fun and laughs. Sorry for your loss. Gonna miss you (jig). Rest in peace my good friend.
John, Joe used to tell me the stories about you & him & the Coca-Cola deliveries. He always thought a lot of you. Thank-you both for your sympathies.
So sorry for your loss Maxine …my deepest condolences to you and your family
We were deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing, he was always in such good spirits whenever I would see him. He often brought us some of the fish he caught. He got such pleasure in sharing his catch and loved talking about the size of some of the fish he caught or got away. We are thinking of all of his family and friends and we will keep you all in our prayers.
Didn’t Joe just love to bring you guys fish & always wore a big smile when he left your house. He was proud of the fish he caught and it was one of his favorite things to do. Thank you so much for your sympathies & kind words.
Rest In Peace Joey.
Thank-you for your condolences. Joe will be missed by so many.