Note: VOORHEESVILLE Mr. Leonard M. Griggs made a difference for three decades of Voorheesville students. "He was gentlemanly and well mannered," said Dennis Ulion, a student in Mr. Griggs's first fifth grade class at Voorheesville. He died at his Schenectady home Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000. "He always had us write something about ourselves," said Ulion. He said each student in Mr. Griggs' class wrote an essay about their dreams and aspirations. "He kept them and mailed them to you when you graduated," he said. Mr. Ulion followed in Mr. Griggs's footsteps and currently teaches fifth grade in Voorheesville. Ulion remembered Mr.Griggs's love of baseball. "He used to tell the kids he was the retired baseball player Ted Williams, he said. Mr. Griggs was born on April 27,1925 in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Frank and Helen Greene Griggs. He was raised in Albany and graduated from the Vincentian Institute. He worked for the railroad and then served in World War II. Mr. Griggs married Elizabeth Griessel on Aug. 31, 1946. He studied at the College of Saint Rose from 1950 to 1962, while raising his family. He had a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in education. Mr. Griggs taught at Voorheesville Elementary School until he retired in 1987. He is survived by four sons, Richard Griggs and his wife, Barbara, of Easton Mass., Kenneth Griggs of Schenectady, Gerald Griggs and his wife, Kathy, of Guilderland, Paul Griggs of Tampa, Fla.; and two daughters, Kathleen Greenwood and her husband, Ronald, of Princetown, N. Y., Barbara Schwarz, and her husband, Carl, of Guilderland, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; a greatgrandaughter; a sister, Ruth Newport, and her husband, Gordon, of Guilderland, N.Y.; and several nieces and. nephews. Calling hours will be at the DeMarco Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Turnpike in Guilderland today (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held tommorrow at St. Gabriel's Church, on Hamburg Street in Rotterdam, at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Memories Gardens in Colonie. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 19308.
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