Luke Haig Griffin

  • Born: December 13, 2001
  • Died: November 27, 2017
  • Location: Newtonville, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Luke Haig Griffin, of Newtonville, formerly of Cambridge, born Dec. 13, 2001 died tragically and unexpectedly on November 27, 2017. Loving son of Julia Slayton and Brad Griffin; adoring nephew of Mark and Janet Slayton of Millis, James Slayton of Camden, ME, Marguerite and Stuart Esrock of Louisville, Kentucky, and Randall and Carol Griffin of Dallas, TX.; devoted cousin to Katharine, Asa, Benjamin, Hannah and Drew; loving grandson of Sylvia Slayton of Newtonville, who predeceased him, and of Charles and Dawn Griffin, formerly of Sedona, AZ; godson of the Sisters of St. Anne-Bethany and the late bishop, M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE; as well as a cherished relative, neighbor, and friend to many.
Luke loved the peace and beauty of nature, canoeing in the early mornings at Walden Pond, fly fishing, playing golf with family and friends, walks in woods and fields with his parents and his dog, Daisy; skiing, hiking, cycling, photography, days in Maine with his cousins, visits with his uncles and visits with family in AZ. He enjoyed building an extension on his shed, woodworking, making finished pieces, learning from videos and This Old House, always at work on outdoor and indoor projects. He was also equally interested in politics and history and at ease in the care of others whether in hospitals, home, or neighborhood. His early years were at Graham and Parks Elementary School in Cambridge and then at The Carroll School in Lincoln and most recently online course work through Newton South. He was extremely perceptive and enthusiastic about learning and fostering community. Noticing what was needed to help others contribute. He faced into his learning challenges with dyslexia with hope and persistence, finding ways to engage and be supported through the Tufts Center for Reading and Language Research, the Carroll School, and devoted tutors. Above all, Luke will be remembered for being an unusually caring 15 year old, known for his kind soul, gentle smile, genuine interest in the other, and his enduring loving presence that permeated every encounter. His circle of family was wider than relatives, and included neighbors, teachers, and friends of all ages.
A service in thanksgiving for his life will be held on December 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St., Newton, MA 02458. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests offerings in his honor to one or both of the following places: Bethany House of Prayer where Luke was nurtured and contributed to making it a welcoming and beautiful retreat center, his hand is everywhere upon that place, caring for the labyrinth, St. Gabriel's, and retreats and St. Anne's Days.. Luke was also helped by the advocacy of Maryanne Wolf in her work on dyslexia which continues through the UCLA Dyslexia Initiative. Contributions in thanksgiving for Luke can be made to Bethany House of Prayer, 181 Appleton St., Arlington, Ma 02476 or UCLA Foundation: UCLA Dyslexia Intiative, UCLA Graduate School of Education, Attn: Amy Lassere, 2043 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521, please note, "in honor of Luke."