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Griffin, Catherine M.

Catherine Mary (Tayne) Griffin, a longtime resident of Westwood, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Franklin.  She was 90.  Kay was born November 3, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the four children of Henry J., and Mary Ellen (Gorey) Tayne.  Kay worked as a customer service representative for the New England Telephone Company for 20 years until her retirement in 1991.  She was active in the girl scouts in her youth and passed the love of girl scouting to her daughters and her granddaughters.  Kay was an active member of St. Denis Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister,  a CCD teacher, a member of the Ladies Sodality and was a charter member of the St. Denis Bowling League.  She also sang in both the St Denis  and St. Theresa (West Roxbury) church choirs.  In addition, she volunteered at the Norwood Hospital Gift Shop. Kay would join any trip, for any group, to any location and she especially enjoyed  Summer vacations with her family on the Cape.  She was the wife of the late John Anthony “Red” Griffin, retired firefighter, Boston Fire Dept, and the mother of Julia M. Cowell, and her husband Kevin, of Franklin, Mary Ellen Emmerling, and her husband Eric, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and John A Griffin Jr., and his wife Sandy, of Walpole.  She is also survived by her best friend and sister Ann Provost of Westwood, as well as 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late Henry J. Tayne, Jr., and the late Edward J. Tayne.  Kay was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 12th from 4 to 7 pm at the Folsom Funeral  Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  The funeral home does have a maximum allowed capacity of 40 people at a time, and masks are required.  Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home Saturday at 8 am and proceed with us to St. Denis Church in Islington for her funeral Mass at 9 o clock.  The church has a maximum allowed capacity of 67 people. A livestream of her funeral mass on Saturday may be viewed at Interment will follow in New Westwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations to Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA  02471, or to St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street, Westwood, MA 02090 would be appreciated 

Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathy Mitchell
    March 10th, 2021 | 8:00 pm

    Kay was such a wonderful woman. I always enjoyed her company and funny stories. I am truly for your loss.

  2. Agnes Rose
    March 11th, 2021 | 9:53 am

    My deepest condolence’s to Cathrine’s family. She was a wonderful person, loved by many and a great friend. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  3. Robert L Tayne
    March 11th, 2021 | 10:18 pm

    Kay was one of my favorite cousins (Her sister Ann was the other)I have many wonderful memories of her. Jeannie and I made many trips from Texas to Massachusetts to visit them and we had grand adventures together. Kay and Ann in the fifties would go with my mom and dad to Hampton Beach and baby sit my sister and I while they went out dancing. Heaven has gained and we have lost, she is now in the presence of the Lord and rejoicing in His love. I’ll miss you cousin Kay.

  4. March 13th, 2021 | 11:49 am

    Dear Julie, Mary Ellen, and Jack. My sincere sympathy on your mother’s passing. Great memories of her and your dad. She was very kind and welcoming. Love to you, your families, and Ann.

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