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Leo McGriff

January 8, 1940 April 15, 2019
Leo McGriff
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Leo McGriff was born on January 8, 1940 in Henderson, Florida to the late Nettie B. Walker and Hosea McGriff, Sr. Raised in Alabama where he attended grade school, his mother later relocated to Newark, NJ when he was just thirteen years old. His northern migration became worthwhile the first time he laid eyes on Alice Jackson, his forever baby girl. They united in holy matrimony in 1959 and through this union, Larry, Cynthia, and Teresa were born.

“Poppa” as we affectionately called him, always kept family first. The epitome of a strong black father and husband, he made sure that not only his children were safe and secure, he did the same for others. He extended his home and resources to those he held near and dear to his heart. Looking for nothing in return, his heart’s desire was for them to prosper, pay it forward and “don’t ask again.”

He was never a stranger to hard work. This value, instilled in him by his father, was exemplified through 31 successful years as a longshoreman. In his spare time, he enjoyed fellowshipping with the brothers of the 4 by 4 Social Club. Upon his retirement, he spent his days traveling to the best and newest casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, fishing with loved ones especially his brother Tommy, or just cruising the seven seas. He never missed the opportunity to host at the family and friends Memorial Day celebration in Thornburg, Virginia. On any given day, you could find him in the living room listening to blues, or in the TV room watching his favorite shows and sitting in the infamous chair that that we would all sneak to sit in if he went to the restroom, or in the basement pretending to be the world’s greatest bar tender. In his mind, he though he was the world’s best next best guitarist.

In addition to his loving wife Alice, he leaves behind his two daughters Cynthia (Archie) and Teresa (Curtis) who also served as his caregivers, one daughter in law, Patricia McGriff, a bonus daughter Anita, four brothers; Hosea, Jr. (Norma Jean), James (Minnie Pearl), Tommy (Lorraine), and Nathan(Laphon); four sisters; Ida Bell (Tommy), Betty Jean (Ernie), Lenora (Phillip), Ivory (MiMi), two sister n laws; Anna and Doris; one brother in law, Eddie and another bonus brother also named Eddie whom he was raised with since childhood; nine grandchildren; Lawrence, Faith, Adria, Samira, Shakira, Anthony, Archie Jr., Marquita, and Derrick, ten beautiful and energetic great grandchildren along with a host of other family and friends near and dear to his heart.

His parents, grandparents Wesley and Mary Spates, son, mother and father n law Maggie and Benjamin, and sister Vandean preceded him in death.

Leo McGriff will forever be remembered for his sternness, kindheartedness, bluntness, and displays of unconditional love towards us all. The legacy and lasting memories of “Dad”, “Leo”, “Poppa, ”Pop”, or “Boss Hog” will remain in our hearts forever until we are reunited with him again.


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Visitation

Monday

22

Apr

10:00 AM 4/22/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heard African Methodist Episcopal Church

310 East 8th Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203

Heard African Methodist Episcopal Church
310 East 8th Avenue Roselle 07203 NJ
United States

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Monday

22

Apr

11:00 AM 4/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heard African Methodist Episcopal Church

310 East 8th Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203

Heard African Methodist Episcopal Church
310 East 8th Avenue Roselle 07203 NJ
United States
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