Apr 26, 2014
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Madison Man Who Saw Lindbergh Take Off Celebrates 100th Birthday Saturday

Madison Man Who Saw Lindbergh Take Off Celebrates 100th Birthday Saturday

Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register

A group of Madison men including Connie Millane and Malcolm MacGruer, at right, gather for lunch every Thursday at Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille, and on Thursday they celebrated Dominic “Bud” Griffin’s 100th birthday, which is Saturday. One of their gifts to Griffin, left, was the silly hat.

A Madison man who witnessed Charles Lindbergh take off on his famous flight from New York to Paris turns 100 today (April 26), and the milestone was noted in a New Haven Register story. “I was right there with another 100 people and my brother [when Lindbergh took off],” Griffin told the Register Thursday.

For more than a decade, a group of old friends in Madison has made it a weekly tradition to venture out for lunch and on Thursday, they were able to celebrate a special milestone for the senior man of the group.

Dominic “Bud” Griffin, who grew up in New York and now resides in Madison, turns 100 Saturday, and Thursday’s lunch at Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille served as the celebration.

Griffin worked at Gulf Oil and later T.A.D. Jones Oil Company before retiring, said Jane, his wife of 14 years. Bud and Jane both were previously married and got together after their respective spouses died, she said.

“He’s a very nice, sweet man,” she said, adding that she describes him as “kind and charming.”

Griffin made an impression on his longtime friend Dr. William McCullough as an activist on neighborhood issues when they lived on the same street in Madison.

“He was very much of an activist (during that time),” said McCullough, 82, a retired surgeon. “He’s just a delightful, delightful person.”

See the full story at the New Haven Register.

 

Madison Man Who Saw Lindbergh Take Off Celebrates 100th Birthday Saturday

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