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Horseman Harvey E. "Gene" Griffin, 75

02:25 AM 29 Jan 2020 NZDT
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Batavia, NY --- Harvey E. "Gene" Griffin of East Pembroke, NY passed away Friday (January 24, 2020) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness. He was 75-years-old.

Mr. Griffin was born December 23, 1944 in Caledonia, NY, a son of the late Mollie (Charles) Minor and Fredrick (Goldie) Griffin Sr.

Mr. Griffin was a member of the Western New York Harness Horseman Association and raced mainly at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway during his career. As a versatile and talented horseman in the sport, his first driving win came in 1979 while his last training victory came in 1993.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Paula Griffin. Gene leaves to mourn his children, Keith (DeOnn) Griffin of N. Carolina, Kenneth (Carolyn) Griffin of Batavia and Tammy Griffin of East Pembroke. Mr. Griffin is also survived by 11 siblings, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Parker; sister, Mary Griffin and brothers, Fredrick, Benjamin, Gordon and James Griffin and Arthur Minor.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (Feb. 1) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
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