Remembering Hoss Griffin

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Richard "Hoss" Griffin April 12, 1957 - June 10, 2022

Richard “Hoss” Griffin, 70, of Pinon Hills, Ca. passed away on June 10, 2022, in Oceanside. Hoss was born in Los Angeles on April 12, 1952, to Norman and Elaine Griffin. Hoss spent his early childhood years in City Terrace with his parents and older sister, Roseann. His family relocated to South El Monte, where he grew up and lived into his early adult years. In 1974 Hoss became a first-time father to his daughter Teresa from his previous marriage to Helen (Gomez) Velasquez. Then, in 1977 Hoss met Pamela Aragon, and the two joined their lives together in a beautiful ceremony of marriage at the San Gabriel Mission on August 2, 1980. Following their nuptials, Hoss and Pam bought their first home in Rialto, CA, and began their family together. In 1981 they welcomed their first daughter, Melissa, then two years later, in 1983, they welcomed another daughter, Natalie.

That same year, Hoss started his first business as a Glassman and called it Another Glass and Mirror Co. with the slogan “Not just another, but the Best!” In 1993 Hoss and Pam moved their family to Wrightwood after Pam was offered a job managing the local bank. The family quickly fell in love with the small town feel and the welcoming community. As the family began to build their lives in Wrightwood, they embedded themselves into the community, and Hoss’ glass business grew and thrived. They eventually learned and took on a new business venture purchasing one of the local favorites, Mt. Top Café, where the whole family worked.

Hoss and Pam lived in Wrightwood for 26 years, watching their daughters grow up. They loved creating family memories by spending weekends at the river and visiting other states, especially North Carolina, truly a life of travel and adventure. As their daughters became adults and started to create their own lives, Hoss and Pam moved out of Wrightwood into Pinon Hills, staying close to the community they grew to love and call family. The two later found another home away from home in Oceanside, joining another small and close community of friends hoping to retire there eventually.

Hoss continued working his glass business up until his passing. He attributed his family and business success to his 45 years of sobriety. Hoss touched many lives, including his close family members, by spreading the word and sharing his life story. Hoss was most proud of his three daughters and grandchildren. He would often be heard around town bragging about his Rock-n-Roll guitar-playing grandson Caleb and future All-Star baseball-playing grandson Matix.

Hoss will be deeply missed by his friends and, most importantly, extended family, in-laws, and all his nieces and nephews, who he always made laugh and smile and also meant so much to him. Hoss is survived by his loving wife Pamela (Aragon) Griffin of Pinon Hills, daughters Teresa Wiler and husband Jeff of Rocky Point, NC., Melissa Griffin of Wilmington, NC., Natalie DiManno and husband Donny of Menifee, his grandchildren Caleb Wiler and Matix Wiler, and his niece Tracy Partain and her family and we can’t forget his dog little Ellie May. Hoss is preceded in death by his mother Elaine (Collier) Griffin, father Norman Griffin, and sister Roseann Henry.

On behalf of Hoss and Another Glass Co., we thank the community for all the support and business throughout the years.

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