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Luke Haig Griffin
  • 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-

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“Dear Mr. Griffin and Ms. SlaytonMy name is Isabel Barner and I went to school with Luke at the Carroll School from grade 5 to 8. Luke, Jasen...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Isabel Barner - Medford Ma, MA

“Dear Julia and family,My sincerest sympathy for the loss of this gifted young man.-Sandra Mongeon ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mr, Ms. Griffin Luke was my best friend for 5 years and I wish we had hung out more together And I wish I could have been there more for him...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jack Binda - Boston, MA - friend

“Dear Mr, Ms. Griffin Luke was my best friend for 5 years and I wish we had hung out more together And I wish I could have been there more for him...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: jack binda - boston, MA

“Our hearts are broken and just full of despair, we love Luke so very much. And both of you, so much. So very grateful to have had the time together...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Luke was a shining light in our lives and will continue to be a shining star, in our memory. Recently, we remember him joyfully scampering along the...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Dawn and Chuck Griffin - Sedona, AZ

“Devastating to hear this tragic news. I remember Luke from our early morning carpools. Always with his sweet smile and gentle way. My heart goes...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Jodie Siegel - Cambridge, MA

“I am so sorry. I remember Luke's sweet smile and gentle soul. He was a lovely child and it sounds like he grew into an amazing young man. There are...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Ann Niederkorn - Cambridge, MA


9 of 22 | Posted by: Charlene Arzigian - Watertown, MA

“I was heartbroken to hear about Luke. Even as a little boy he was one of the sweetest, kindest souls I've ever known.Mary Castiglione ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Castiglione - Arlington, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember spending hours talking about fishing and playing basketball with him, one of the kindest...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Anthony - Stow, MA - Classmate

“Deepest condolences to you. So much love for you from our family. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Kirsten Hardy - Belmont, MA

“My profound condolences. Luke was such a sweet and gentle soul. We shared some wonderful moments shingling the roof of Thoreau's cabin and working in...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Bob Reid - Townsend, MA - Teacher

“It is hard to believe the unfathomably sad news about your wonderful, sweet boy. Unbearable for you, and your loss so new and profound that I do not...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: PIper Morris - Arlington, MA

“Sending condolences on your tragic loss. I can't even imagine how difficult this is. But you are all in my thoughts and prayers knowing that God's...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Amy Cook - San Francisco, CA

“I was so sorry to learn of Luke's death, and am holding you and yours in my prayers. I know he will live in your hearts until you meet again. No...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook - Upland, CA

“Thinking of you all at this time. Love, Kim ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Kim Effron - Lexington, MA

“My heart hurts for this beautiful young man and all the people who knew him. I did not work directly with Luke when he was at G&P, but I certainly...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Greeley - Cambridge, MA

“Sweet, loving, quiet and handsome are the first qualities that I that think of to describe Luke; all gifts that were fostered by Julia and Brad. In...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Hamilton - Natick, MA

“My condolences to the family. Our lord father promises that very soon he will bring back our loved ones and we will never lose them again. Isaac 25:8 ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I have such fond memories of Luke. He was a gentle soul with a great heart. In kindergarten and in first grade I had the pleasure of working with him...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Florinda Freda - Cambridge, MA

“A gentle and beautiful child! I was blessed to be able to teach Luke for first and second grade. I will always remember his bright smile! Rest with...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Debra Gadsden-Holiday - Cambridge, MA


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."