Recognition of Philip Chauncey Griffen

The resolution presentation with daughter-in-law Laurie Griffen, grandson Lucius Griffen, son Steve Griffen and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood. 

RESOLUTION # 17-72 DATE: 07/10/2017 

Recognition of Philip Chauncey Griffen

Offered by Supervisor Thomas Wood

Seconded by Councilman Michael McLoughlin

At a Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga, County of Saratoga, State of New York, held on July 10, 2017, the following resolution was made as indicated above,

WHEREAS, Philip Chauncey Griffen was one of four sons born to Isaac and Ruth Griffen on August 1, 1935, in Quaker Springs, NY; and

WHEREAS, he was a brother to Edward, Walter and Paul; and

WHEREAS, he was raised and worked on his family’s farm on County Route 67 in the Town of Saratoga, attended local country school and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1952; and

WHEREAS, he attended Cornell University, graduating with a BS Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1956; and

WHEREAS, while at Cornell he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and ROTC and upon graduation was commissioned as a Lieutenant and spent two years in the Navy; and  

WHEREAS, he married Linda Sweezey in 1958, and they had five children: Laura, Julia, Karen, Steven, and Sara; and

WHEREAS, he operated Patriots View Dairy Farm in Bemis Heights for 30 years and in 1967 was recognized as the outstanding young farmer of the year; and

WHEREAS, in 1986, at age 51, he started Saratoga Sod Farm, which is now owned and operated by his son Steve and Daughter-in-law Laurie; and

WHEREAS, he was active in many agricultural and community organizations including Saratoga County Farm Bureau, New York State Farm Bureau, of which he served as state President and Vice President, Saratoga County Agriculture and Soil Conservation Service, New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Advisory Council to the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Saratoga County Cooperative Extension, Turf Grass Producers International, Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, Quaker Springs Volunteer Fire Department ,of which he served as treasurer for many years; and

WHEREAS, he served the Town of Saratoga for eight years, beginning in 1967 as a charter member of the Town’s Planning Board and also as a Town Councilman for 20 years, from 1984 to 2003; and

WHEREAS, he was an avid golfer, loved to garden and enjoyed traveling, and

WHEREAS, he died at the age of 81, on May 29th, 2017, at his home in McCormick, South Carolina; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga extends our belated condolences to all of the family and friends of the Philip Griffen Family and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town Board, of the Town of Saratoga, does hereby recognize and honor to the highest degree possible, Philip Chauncey Griffen for his patriotism, devotion, service and sacrifice to his family, community, and country; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga will never let his name and the service that he gave to his community and country be forgotten and that he will always be held in the highest esteem and remembered as one of the Town of Saratoga’s best.

Roll Call: Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – aye, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye, Councilman James Jennings – aye, Councilman Gary Squires – aye.  

Carried 5 – 0

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have here, unto set our hands and affixed the seal of the Town of Saratoga on this 10th day of July 2017.

​​ ________________________________

​Supervisor Thomas N. Wood III

​Town of Saratoga


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