|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1914|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1996|
New London County
He was the husband of Emma Leonhardt Griggs, and the son of Frederick Charles and Mary Brown Griggs.
He was a trumpet player who performed as a "vacation trumpeter" for many of the famous dance bands of the era, including both Dorsey bands.
While dating my mother, Emma Leonhardt, he was involved in a serious automobile accident and was told he may never see again. The day the bandages were to be removed, he asked my mother to be there in the hospital and told her, "If I can see you, I want to marry you". Quite a proposal and he did see, and they did get married.
After moving from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, he was a member of the Artones (see photo), known throughout lower New England. He performed with other dance bands in Connecticut and had his own band before finally retiring.
He acted as MC at many functions after retiring from playing the trumpet, and was well known in the Connecticut area.
He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a sergeant. In the 6th Marine Division, he participated in the ceremony of the surrender of Japanese Military Forces that took place in Tsingtao, China on October 25, 1945.
He worked for the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut for 25 years.
Frederick Charles Griggs (1886 - 1955)
Emma Cole Leonhardt Griggs Giel (1916 - 2006)*
Alan Franklin Griggs (1944 - 1997)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: As per his request, ashes were scattered in the Gulf Of Mexico.
Created by: Bill G
Record added: May 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19350800