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R.I.P. Kenneth W. Griswold (You Shall Be Missed)
Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:51:42 AM     Alexandria Bay, NY 1000 Islands
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"Kenneth W. Griswold, father, husband and local River Rat of Alexandria Bay, NY died unexpectedly December 18 after a brief illness. Born in Watertown, NY, October 3, 1955 he was the son of Elizabeth and Charles Griswold of Alexandria Bay. He graduated from Alexandria Central School, received an Assoc. degree in Mathematics from Jefferson County Community College and attended SUNY Morrisville.

Ken married Amy McCausland June 16, 1995 on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River.

Over the years Ken owned and ran with his wife Amy many businesses including Summer Place, Summer Place West, Alex Bay Lodge, Brass Tacks and the North Star Restaurant. In addition he was a licensed pilot who worked for Don Cole, Citation Shares and was a corporate pilot. In addition to flying planes he also flew helicopters. He and Amy were balloon enthusiasts.

He was an avid hockey fan. Over the years he played recreational hockey, coached his children’s hockey teams and held a level 5 USA Hockey certificate for coaching.

Ken enjoyed flying, fishing, hunting, skiing, boating, scuba diving and most of all being with his family.

His parents and brothers James and Richard predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Amy and their children Ann, Samantha and T.J. and his sister Judy Griswold.

There will be a service celebrating his life on Wednesday, December 23 at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Islands, Church Street, Alexandria Bay, NY at 2:00 pm.

Donations may be made in his honor to the SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY or North Country Troopers Supporting Troopers ( a wounded warrior project), 32731 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood, NY 13679."




What you see above is the official obituary.. what you will see below is what I "Johnny Truesdell" would like to say.. 


Gris was my buddy, well, most of the time.. :).. we definitely had our ups and downs.. Still, we managed to remain friends.. He was a good guy who loved his family very much.. I personally had some great adventures with him and luckily we documented them via video.. So without further ado I present to you.. "The Great Ice Boat Adventure" and "The Great Helicopter Adventure" ..

The Great Ice Boat Adventure: it's a super cold February back in 2008 and we decide to see if we can walk from the castle to Alex Bay over the ice like the old timers did.  And well, we did it.. This video has not been on the site for about 5 years as the edited version was lost when a YouTube account got deleted. I stayed up all night last night finding the original footage and re-editing it for you guys..





The Great Helicopter Adventure: we are bringing a helicopter back to Alexandria Bay from Ohio and we document the trip via video. Though you can watch this the way it is please know that I am working on a re-edit of this one with some improvements as well as some unseen additional footage at the end.  (consider it part 2) I hope to get that done within the week.. so please check back.



The big thing I ask is this.. if you knew Kenny and his family please leave a nice comment for them here.



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