Formerly of the Town of Newburgh, N.Y.

Raymond Paul Griffiths, Sr., 78, our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully at home on July 28, 2007, surrounded by his family. Ray was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on February 2, 1929.

Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adele Griffiths; sons, Raymond Griffiths Jr. and wife, Colleen of North Carolina, Brian Griffiths and wife, Lisa-Marie of Connecticut, and Christopher Griffiths and Angela Keyes of Norfolk, Va.; grandchildren: Jennifer Griffiths, Brad Griffiths and Sabrina Tomlinson.

Ray was the unofficial Mayor of Shore Drive in the Cape Story area, often seen walking and searching for treasures with his metal detector on the beach. He was a member of Roma Lodge in Virginia Beach.

Ray served proudly in the U.S. Army, a veteran of World War II and Korean Conflict. He retired from Ford Motor Company and IBM.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 B, Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454.