Conrad Griffin, 70
SEBAGO — Conrad Griffin, of Sebago, passed away at his home Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
He was born Feb. 12, 1947, in Chickamauga, Ga., the son of Charles Frank Potter and Margaret Helen (Morgan) Potter.
Conrad spent his youth in Mansfield, Ohio, and Rockville, Md. In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne, and served in Vietnam. He moved to Maine in 1975, and has lived in Sebago since 1992.
For many years, Conrad was employed by Main Line Fence Co., of Cumberland, first working as a foreman and later as the bookkeeper. On the side, Conrad followed his passion and worked/played as a Master Registered Maine Guide white water rafting with the former Unicorn Expeditions on rivers in Maine and N.Y., as well as guiding multi-day sea kayaking and island camping trips in Casco and Penobscot Bays with Maine Island Kayak Co., of Peaks Island. He loved to paddle and camp with friends on the Allagash, St. John, and St. Croix Rivers. He was a certified Wilderness First Responder and Intermediate EMT, and rode with the Town of Sebago Rescue Squad for several years.
Conrad is remembered by family and friends for his kindness, humor, sense of adventure, strength of mind and body, and spontaneity, qualities which led to many memorable moments — moments which friends are still talking or laughing about so many years later — and qualities that served him in good stead while living with cancer.
He was predeceased by his father, mother, and sister Karen Miller. He is survived by his wife, Cathleen Griffin, of Sebago; his son, Derek Griffin, of Portland; his stepson, Christopher Gates, and his children of Steep Falls; his sister, Frankie Howell, of Severn, Md., and her children; and the children of his sister Karen. He is also survived by his lifelong best friend, Tommy Tetlow, of Rockville, Md., and the little Amigo of Sebago.
Conrad's life was one to celebrate. Family and friends will gather to do just that in Maine and Maryland at dates to be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations to the wonderful folks at VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, So. Portland, ME 04106, would be appreciated. Thank you.