Peter M. Griswold

Griswold, Peter M. 59, of Cranston died on January 18, 2017 at Miriam Hospital. The cause of death was pneumonia. He had worked for 17 years as a technical services librarian at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library in Providence. Peter was the son of Nancy H. Griswold of Cranston and the late David F. Griswold. In addition to his beloved mother, he is also survived by his brother, David A. Griswold of Bethesda, Maryland, and by loving cousins and friends. After attending Warwick public schools, Peter graduated with honors from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1979 and went on to earn a Master of Public Health in 1984 and a Master of Science in Library Science in 1998, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in public health positions in Toms River, New Jersey and Laurinburg, North Carolina before returning to Rhode Island in 1998. Peter devoted his life to Christian discipleship. He served as an Elder, Sabbath School Superintendent and teacher, visitation minister and Head of Prison Ministries at the Wickford Seventh Day Adventist Church. Committed to evangelism for the local and global church, he participated in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2003. Peter served as a prison ministry volunteer for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections in Cranston, and as a tutor for adult learners with Literacy Volunteers of America. Among those who were in fellowship with Peter he was dearly loved as a selfless, gracious, compassionate, and spirit-filled companion on the path of faith. He brought those qualities into every area of his life and work. His funeral will be Monday January 23rd at 10:00am in the Wickford Seventh Day Adventist Church 8050 Post Road North Kingstown, RI 02852. Burial will follow at North Burial Ground in Providence. Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited will be on Sunday January 22nd from 3:00-5:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers contributions in Peter’s memory may be made to the Wickford Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Mark and Louise Joyce - 03/02/2017

We have not talked to each other in years, but after discovering that your brother Peter had passed so early, we just wanted to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the peace and grace of God help you in this time of grieving and reflection. Love and prayers to you.

Rusty Greaves - 01/31/2018

I was very sorry to read of Peter's death at such a young age in the recent Clark University Newsletter. Pete was one of my housemates at Clark University when he lived in the German House in 1977-78. Pete was a very gentle man of strong convictions, with a love of healthy food during my first year of trying to begin to learn to cook. Several of us in the German House were a bit more rambunctious than Pete was used to, but I recall fondly his enjoyment of the language events that were part of the fun of living off-campus, and his spirited enjoyment of the communal pleasures we had as a college family sharing meals and thoughts at table. I was pleased to read of his graduate studies, travel to the Dominican Republic, and glad that he had a range of outward focused activities that seem so aptly consistent with the kind, selfless, & quietly dedicated man I remember from his young adult years. I send my warmest thoughts to his family, and want you to know that his kind and calm personality is a part of him that I have never forgotten and often delighted in recalling.

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