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Politicians and Average Citizens Pay Respects to Late Mayor

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – It is perhaps the biggest Irish Wake that South Buffalo has ever seen.

Mourners were waiting in line for the doors to open Tuesday for the wake of former Buffalo Mayor James Griffin. Both the famous and average citizen alike were on hand to pay their respects to Griffin, who died Sunday at the age of 78.

Among the mourners was Buffalo's Catholic Bishop Edward Kmiec.

"I heard him interviewed. He was asked what would happen at the end of his life. He said he just hopes he dies in a state of grace," Kmiec said. "I really think he did."

Griffin's wake continues Wednesday from 2 till 8pm at the Reddington Funeral Home in South Buffalo. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Buffalo Common Council held a moment of silence and shared stories about Griffin at their meeting Tuesday.