[Springboard] Ron Griffith - Journey On

jfknutson at aol.com jfknutson at aol.com
Sat Mar 14 20:29:02 EDT 2009

Dear Beret,  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I hardly knew Ron and really only had one encounter with him on the phone.  He had bought a piece of my beaded jewelry for you for your birthday.  When he received it, he called to thank me and seemed genuinely pleased with the piece.  When I hung up the phone, I thought "What a fine man!  I wish I knew him better."   He certainly made my day.
Joan Knutson

-----Original Message-----
From: Beret Griffith <beretgriffith at charter.net>
To: dialogue at wedgeblade.net; oe at wedgeblade.net; springboard at wedgeblade.net
Sent: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 4:44 pm
Subject: [Springboard] Ron Griffith - Journey On

Dear friends and colleagues,

Ron died peacefully on Thursday, March 12 at 12:35 am. We sat with him throughout his Big Journey.

Thank you for your care for us over the past nine months.
Grace and Peace,


On the day I die, when I'm being carried
toward the grave, don't weep. Don't say,

'He's gone!  He's gone."  Death has nothing
to do with going away. The sun sets and

the moon sets, but they're not gone.
Death is a coming together. The tomb

looks like a prison, but it's really
release from union. The human seed goes

down in the ground like a bucket into
the well where Joseph is. It grows and

comes up full of some unimagined beauty
Your mouth closes here and immediately

opens with a shout of joy there.

Jelaluddin Rumi
13th Century Persia 

A service will be h
eld on Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 1401 South Maple Street, Northfield, Minnesota.  Visitation will be held on Friday evening 4 - 7pm in the church Reception Room and again 10:00 – 11:00am before the service. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Room. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund are preferred. Information is available on www.northfieldymca.org 

Sue Laxdal will be talking about Ron's life in the O:E/EI/ICA community during the service. If you have any stories to share we'd love to hear them. Stefan Laxdal will be the story telling guide during the luncheon.

There will be a link to his complete obituary on Saturday, March 21, 2009 

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