Reflections by Art Vuolo, Jr.
George L. Griggs, in concert with Scott MacKinnon and a few other broadcast enthusiasts, started an amazing web site originally called "Detroit Radio Flashbacks" and eventually became "Motor City Radio Flashbacks". The site is best known now and accessed by its initials, www.mcrfb.com. Sadly George, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
In recent weeks Griggs had fighting lung cancer even though, in the over twenty years that I called George a close friend, I never saw him with a cigarette. People call me a radio archivist, but Motor City Radio Flashbacks represents many years of George's collection of audio clips and memorabilia he acquired from being an avid listener of Detroit-area stations, dating back the late 1950's. He was an amazing man and I will miss him terribly.
Sometimes known as "Butch" or "Georgie", he died peacefully in his Livonia home with his family by his side. He was born on April 23, 1949 in Detroit to Marv (nee Perrin) and George M. Griggs. George was a dedicated member of the United States Air Force before becoming a lab technician and scheduler for the Ford Motor Company, from which he recently retired. George is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Pat) of 39 years, son Scott (Teresa) and daughter Gina (Geoff) Novack, sisters Diane (Daniel) Giesin and Karen (Hilton) Ehrisman. He is also survived by brother-in-law Gary (Dawn) Pedinelli, his nieces Rebecca Kolbicz, Danielle Giesin, and nephews Alessandra and Antonio Pedinelli.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road (north side of the road just east of Newburgh) Livonia, MI. A Funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Will Funeral Home. Friends may visit on Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m.
Please visit the web site he founded at www.mcrfb.com for photos and audio memories. The Detroit Radio community has lost the true "Keeper of the Flame" to the Motor City's radio glory years. George may be gone, but his efforts and the signal will go on for years to come.
Rest in peace my friend.