Frank D. Griffin


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Frank D. Griffin announce his passing on the evening of December 25, 2021. Frank spent a wonderful Christmas day in picturesque Vermont at his daughter’s home surrounded by family. Frank was 79 years young.

Frank was born in Glens Falls, NY and grew up on Church Street in Saratoga Springs, NY where he developed a lifelong love of trains as his father was Yardmaster of the D&H Railroad. Frank graduated from St. Peter’s High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College.

Frank met Jo-Ann, his bride of 56 years on a blind date at the Community Theater on Broadway in Saratoga. They lived in Ballston Spa for their entire marriage. They have three children, Ann, Joey, and Johnny,

Frank retired from an over 30-year career with New York State in the State Emergency Management Agency. Frank also served his country and retired after 20 years as a Major in the Army National Guard. Frank led a very active and involved life outside of his career highlighted by his 28 years on the Saratoga County Fair Board. Frank’s passion for the Fair included attending annual conferences in Las Vegas, enrolling in classes in Fair management, and networking across New York State with the NY State Fair Association. Frank and Jo-Ann also were members of the Ballston Spa Bi-centennial Committee in 2008.

Frank was pre-deceased by his parents Frank and Helen; his two older sisters, Judy and Nora; his sister-in-law Nancy Morley; and his granddaughter Chloe.

Frank is survived by his wife Jo-Ann; daughter and son-in-law Ann and Joe Ralbovsky; son Joe; son John (Taliah); grandsons Jack, Ryan, and Cooper; granddaughters Frankie, Emily, Elise, and Morgan; his sister Judy’s family; his sister Nora’s family; his sister Kathy Hickey and her husband Bill and family; his brother Brian Griffin and his wife Holly and family; and all his extended family and loved ones.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 5pm to 7pm Wednesday, December 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks will be required. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am Thursday, December 30 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Frank may be made to St Mary’s School or the Saratoga County Fairground Grandstand Rebuild Fund care of the Saratoga County Fair Office, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa.

Guest Book

Debby Englehart Crane

Mr. Griffin will be sadly missed by many I'm sure. I worked with him at the fair for many years. He and my mom worked along with many other fair directors, etc. He was one of the best neighbor and friend that my mom and dad could ever have. All my condolences to the Griffin family. Debby Englehart Crane

Brian K. Wilsey

My sympathies to the family and friends of this good man. Frank took over the 247th Medical Unit in Saratoga Springs at a critical time when the Unit needed a strong commander. As the fulltime Unit Administrator, I found Frank was exactly that commander, and he brought the Company steadily to the height of meeting its mission with excellence and honors. I knew Frank as being dedicated to his position as Unit Commander, knowledgeable, honest, and respectful of all his soldiers. It was an honor to work under Frank's command.

1st Sgt Dave Cherry, retired

Joanne and family,
It is with the deepest sadness to hear of Frank’s passing. We spent many years together at the Armory in Saratoga, as well as at different Army posts. He leadership, guidance and trust in letting me work along side him, will be long remembered. Know that he was a fair and well respected leader while commanding the unit in Saratoga. I learned much from him and can’t recall a bad word spoken about him. Words can’t describe what a fine person he was, but he will be serving a greater leader in heaven. God’s hands will hold him close and with great love. The Cherry family sends you our prayers and ask our Lord to watch over your family during this trying time.
May God bless you.
Dave & Sharon Cherry

Larry Czech

Dear Jo-Ann and Frank’s family,
I was saddened to read about Frank’s passing. Because of my own medical problems I am not able to offer my condolence in person. I had the pleasure of working with Frank for a number of years. First at the Civil Defense Commission and later when I was in the Health Dept and Frank was in what became the Office of Disaster Preparedness. Eventually my small group was moved from the Health Dept and joined Frank in what was then known as SEMO. Frank had me at the Queensbury District Office many times. We still have a porcelain Christmas tree I got from Frank so many years ago. I feel saddened I have not kept in touch after I had to take retirement Frank Rest In Peace! You touched a lot of lives!

Dick Rowland

My sympathies to the Griffin Family. Frank was a true friend and a loyal Fair Board member.
It was always about what was best for the fair with him. Frank was responsible for the finalization of the Caboose project at the Fair. He served on a variety of committees and was always there to get the job done. You always knew where you stood with Frank in the room. He will be missed by his family and his friends.

Jodi Ostrander

I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Ann, it’s been a very long time since we have seen each other, but wanted to reach out to let you know that you are in my thoughts. It is so very hard to lose a parent. I feel your pain. Thinking of you and wishing you the best

Theresa Newkirk

Jo-ann, I am very sorry for your loss. You and Frank were very kind to me when we took Aqua aerobics at Ballston Spa high school.