Howard 1
William Howard Griffith
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 14, 1943
  • Date of passing: Dec 23, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Warren Township, New Jersey, United States
My Blessings were many, My life has been long. The good fruit were abundant my friend. So join my family in a Thanksgiving song and understand peace comes in the end. -W.H. Grifith

Willam Howard Mansergh Griffith, MD, MBA, born October 14th 1943 - died December 23rd 2013 at the age of  70 in his Warren, New Jersey home surrounded by his family. 

 Howard was born in the British West Indies island of Nevis, October 14, 1943 to mother Henrietta Erma and father MAnsergh Frederick Griffith.  He was known by his closest friends as ‘Griff’, "Howie" and ‘Snowbees’.

 The second oldest of four siblings, Howard lived his formative years in Nevis, St. Kitts and Trinidad where he commpleted his secondary education.  After working for a few years in Trinidad he went on to study medicine  at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he met his wife to be and life long partner, Jill Aubrey Lawrence Bannister. Howard and Jill had their first child in April of 1974, T Kimani Mansergh. 

 After graduating University of West Indies Medical School, Howard immigrated to the US with his young family in 1974 and became an intern at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He stayed at the College of Medicine and Dentistry for his residency, which he completed in June of 1977, one year after the birth of his daughter, Vater Anika. 

 After his residency he did his fellowship training in nephrology at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Upon completion of his fellowship in 1980 Howard became a member of the medical staff of Beth Israel Hospital as well as East Organge General. He partnered with Dr. Howard Frankel at Millburn Nephrology and practiced for thirty years.

Howard throughout his life touched the lives of many through his friendship and counsel. Many relied on and turned to him for guidance and advice on a variety of life's events both personal and professional. He volunteered himself as a mentor to a number of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. He had a natural ability to listen and provide a perspective that offered valuable guidance, encouragement and motivation even if it wasn't what the other person wanted to hear.

He was very active in his community service. He supported and participated in programs for battered women and young fatherless men through the Division of Youth and Family Services.

He volunteered at the East Orange Health Department reviewing charts and participating in projects that focused on the prevention of chronic diseases. He taught several outreach classes on prostate cancer, emphasizing the need for men to have regular check-ups, and joined the outreach efforts of the American Kidney Foundation providing assessments for individuals at risk for kidney failure. Allthese things he did in an effort to improve the health and welfare of the community he was truly committed to serve. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Jill - BS MBA retired,  son, Kimani - Veterinarian, daughter, Anika - Attorney, brothers, Paul and John, sister Vater, daughter-in-law, Shanthini, granddaughters, London and Aubrie Meera, nieces Anasa, Onika and Arianne, nephews, Cheo, Jamal and Kareem, mother and father in law, Lawrence and Joyce Bannister and numerous other relatives, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. 

His wife and family express their gratitude for your kindness evidenced in thought, word and deed.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Errol Bennett on 23rd December 2014

"Dear Jill, and all the Griffith family and friends.
It is a mixture of sorrow and pleasure that I feel when I think of Howard and the life he lived.
Sorrow, because I did not get to spend as much time in the recent years with him, as we did in our earlier years on campus and in medical school.
Pleasure and joy supersede all other feelings when I recall all the good times we had: Chancellor Hall Block B; POS General Hospital in our final year of medical school, with "curfew parties" in Trinidad during the 'revolution' in 1970; house parties in New Jersey, and occasional visits to our place in Baltimore. I must also mention that he introduced me to my loving wife some 48 years ago.
There is so much of Snobees to remember and cherish, that he truly lives on.
Love and best wishes to his immediate family and to his extended family of friends and colleagues.
One love to all."

This tribute was added by Sue Lynch on 23rd December 2014

"Dear Jill - remembering you and the kids today on the anniversary of Howard's passing.  He is always remembered with great affection.  Another Guardian Angel is watching over us all.  Love from all of us in Barbados."

This tribute was added by Sue Lynch on 21st October 2014

"I remembered Howard on his birthday - October 14th.  I had spent many of his birthdays in Barbados with him and his family.  This year, Jill was here and we reminisced.  What a loving and genuine husband, father and friend you were, William! I miss you!  I know you are one of my Guardian Angels."

This tribute was added by Kimani Griffith on 14th October 2014

"I'd like to thank everyone for their thoughtful words and memories. Dad truly believed he lived a blessed life and could not have possibly asked for more. His only selfless burden was concern for the loved ones he left behind. His love for humanity was reflected in his professional work, the relationships he nurtured and the charitable work he so enthusiastically pursued. His champions were Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. His most valued lesson to me was that no person was superior, but more importantly, that no person was inferior. It never ceased to amaze me the number of people his thoughtful insight touched. He is and will always be sorely missed.  He would often times lightly slap the back of my head in endearment and call me his boy child.
                     I love you Dad,
                             -your boy child"

This tribute was added by Anne Ince on 14th October 2014

"hope ll is well Jill"

This tribute was added by Julie Griffith on 14th October 2014

"Missing you so much, Howie!!  May you continue to rest in eternal, sweet peace!!!  Love!"

This tribute was added by Gregory Tate on 8th August 2014

"Dear Jill - too many years passed that I said I wanted to reconnect with you guys.  Recently as I shared pictures with my family of our trip together to England via Fairleigh Dickinson University - once again I committed to find you guys.  And although it has been many years since speaking with Howard, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing.  You guys were extremely kind to me while going through a difficult time in my life. My condolences to you and your family. Howard has left an indelible mark upon me and he will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Merlyne Reid-Edwards on 18th May 2014

"It is with deep sadness, I learnt of the passing of my one-time athletic colleague from St. George's College; was proud of your life's work and good family life. Rest in peace my brother."

This tribute was added by Carlyle Joseph on 13th May 2014

"It was only today I learned of Howard's passing.  Howard along with his brother Paul and sister Vater were not only my college friends at St. George's College Barataria but friends of the Tunapuna/St. Augustine area.  During the 1950s we shared many memorable occasions even communed together on the trains to and fro to our Alma Mater and homes.  I last saw Howard in 1990 at his New Jersey home but lost contact soon after.  R.I.P my dear brother.  You were a wonderful guy."

This tribute was added by Lance Bannister on 25th January 2014

"When I am dead my dearest
Sing no sad songs for me
Plant thou no roses at my head
Nor shady cypress tree
be the green grass above me
with showers and dew-drops wet
and if thou wilt, remember
and if thou wilt, forget.

Love Always,
Lance, Joyce and Akilah"

This tribute was added by Cynthia James on 22nd January 2014

"Howard was just a couple years ahead of me in secondary school at St. George’s College, Barataria. Without his mentoring, leadership, brotherly love, and generosity in those early years of the college and of mass education in Trinidad, my sister and I would have been lost when we came in.

I truly regret his passing and know for sure that his exemplary life and work have made a mark on all those who knew him.

Cynthia James

This tribute was added by a hutch on 21st January 2014

"Dearest Jill,
You are forever in my prayers and in my heart!

This tribute was added by Janine Pollard on 21st January 2014

"His genuine smile, his hospitality and kindness are what touched me the most. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Auntie Jill and family.
May he rest peacefully.

Love Always,
Janine P."

This tribute was added by Anika Jackson on 20th January 2014

"Auntie Jill, Kimani, Anika and family, my deepest sympathy.  I regret all of the missed opportunities that I had to spend with Uncle Howard, in spite of all his attempts in that regard. I can only hope that he knew how much I loved and respected him.  He was one of few that I considered to be like 'another dad' to me. I will most of all miss his wit, sense of humour, generosity and genuine concern. Until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Hazel Headley on 20th January 2014

"Dear Jill, my sincere condolences to you and your family.  May each of you find comfort in the memories left behind, and may his soul rest in peace.  Love, God bless."

This tribute was added by Cicely Jackson on 20th January 2014

"Jill, Anika, Kimani and family.  My deepest condolences to you all.  Howard was a good man.  He was a good husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He will certainly be missed but never forgotten.  He will live in our hearts forever.  He is with his Heavenly Father and he is whole again.  His suffering is over.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.  Lots of love to you all.  Ann Jackson"

This tribute was added by Rosita Daniel on 18th January 2014

"Dear Jill "our deepest sympathy""

This tribute was added by Pam Ward on 18th January 2014

"My deepest condolences to you and your family.May GOD continue to comfort you during this time.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Love always."

This tribute was added by Lorraine La Morte on 18th January 2014

"Oh my-  My deepest condolences to all.  Some of my greatest childhood memories include you all and I respected Dr. Griffith so very much.  Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lorraine (Smith) La Morte"

This tribute was added by Anne Ince on 17th January 2014

"deepest sympathy Jill.  Anne Allder"

This tribute was added by jeffrey cobham on 17th January 2014

"Dear Jill---We have not been in contact over the years but I kept abreast of Snobees' valiant struggle through Leon and others. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. How the years fly past ! It seems but yesterday when we were students on the Mona campus, now we are all contemplating Eternity. Love--Jeffrey Cobham"

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