Gavin D. Griffith

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018

CANAL FULTON – Gavin D. Griffith, 13, of Canal Fulton passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Rittman.

He was born June 30, 2004 in Orrville, the son of Chad Griffith and Lori Schopf Klump.

Gavin was a 7th grade student at Northwest Middle School.  He had attended West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster.  He loved football, playing youth football for Northwestern where he was nicknamed “Sack Attack”.  He played junior high football for the Northwest Indians.  Gavin loved animals and had a caring heart and loved all people.  He was a joker and a teaser especially with his family who loved him dearly.

Surviving are his father and step-mother Chad (Laura) Griffith of Canal Fulton and his mother and step-father, Lori (Nick) Klump of Rittman; grandparents, Susan and Ron Ackerman, Donna and Robert Schopf, Terry Klump, Patricia Thiel and Dave and Katy Ertle; great-grandfather, Leland Wolf and great-grandmothers, Wanda Griffith and Edith Schopf; his siblings, Ryker and Kayden Klump, Ian and Myles Schopf, Dylan McManus and Devin Griffith and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-6:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster with the pastors, Dan Wingate and Eric Fairhurst officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

To the funeral home to help with expenses


Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-6:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Monday, June 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster


I want to say how Sorry i am for your loss i thought about reachin out but i know how bombarded you are i know im sorrys are coming frome left and right but im not gonna tell you it will get easier either my 13 yr old son passed away in February and know its a slow process. My prayers are with you and your family.

It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family

Chad, I am so sorry for your loss, I couldn't imagine what you are going through. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gavin is now safe in the arms of God. By Faith, we must let our loved ones go.
But Hope abides that we will meet again someday where there is no pain, fear,
or sadness. Imagine the Joy of our being reunited for all eternity. Hold fast.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lori, Donna & Bob, Kim, Lisa, Donnie Jr., Bobbie and rest of family. I can say that the loss of a very extremely close family member, the pain you feel is unbearable. With that said
I pray that all of you know that family and friends are here for you.. Asking for help now and later is not a sign of weakness. It just means your strength needs a pick me up.
Never forget that God is with you always. My mom, your Aunt Sandy, always said “ God only takes the best” and “God needed your son with him”
Just know Gavin will be waiting for all of you when it’s your time.
Much love now and always.

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and the family have encountered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. It is always hard to loose anyone much less someone so young and full of life. May god grant you the strength needed to get through this, all the words in the world will not suffice the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for you and please know that we are here for you. Please know that he remains within you and that he will always be watching over you. Love always.

We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know we are praying for peace and comfort for your entire family.

I am a stranger to all of you. But
I can't begin to imagine the loss you have suffered.
Know that you are in thoughts and prayers

Glad I got to hangout with you Friday. Will miss you my friend.

I am sorry for your loss Gavin will be Missed

We send our sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear son. We do not know your family, but know the pain you bear at this time. May our God and memories of happy time spent with Gavin sustain you.

i don’t know you and you don’t know me, but what i do know is that i will miss gavin so much !! i’m so sos so sorry for your loss. gavin meant so much to our school!! we all miss him with a. deep passion, i would do anything just to have him back. your family is my thoughts and prayers. i cant express how much everyone at our school loved gavin, he made everyone smile even when they were down. he made new friends ever single day. he is someone that i will never forget !! i just wanted to thank you for raising and amazing boy. i hope to see you at the calling hours.

I know you love your chrilden with all your heart. I prayed when i heard they were looking for a missinschild,but i got a sick feeling in my stomach when i found out it was in Rittman. Im so sorry for you and Chad. See you soon.

Please let me know if i can help.

Our hearts are broken, we will forever miss Gavin and his warm smile and cheerful disposition. He brought so much joy to our family and will always hold a special place in our hearts! Rest in peace, we love you. Aunt Janice and Uncle Jeff

I'm so sorry for you gavin and for you the parents of gavin but he's in a better place now and that's all we want for him. He meant a lot to all of us but let that never stop us from thinking of all the good times, the bad, and some we'd like to forget. But personally one thing I'll never forget is his enthusiasm and joy in life. I was one of his closest friends and you might know me as the kid gavin called Asian. It was a tragedy when I heard that but life moves on don't forget that. R.I.P Gavin Griffith. Fly high

Gavin will be missed by all the people whose lives he has touched. He was such an amazing young man. I'll never forget our trip to the Outer Banks. He was so happy doing flips off the sand dunes, riding waves in the ocean, and beating me at arm wrestling. We will never forget his loving spirit and contagious smile. Rest In Peace Gavin. We love you!

Susan & Ron, Chad and family - what devastating news of Gavin's passing. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for God's peace for you and your family!

My heart is always with you. I love you. Aunt Jackie.

No parent should ever have to bury their child, especially so young. I am so sorry to all of you, my heart truly hurts for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. What a handsome young man he is.

We are so sorry for your loss. Gavin will be missed by so many. Ashton loved riding bikes downtown and hanging out with Gavin. There are no words for what you're going through, he was truly a wonderful boy who will forever be in our hearts.

I'm so sorry,you all are in my thoughts and prayers. 8rEmY

I love you cuz so much. I know you are watching over all of our family! You are an awesome kid and heaven will have a great time having you!

You don’t know me but I went to school with Gavin. He could make anyone in that school smile and laugh forever. It is so different without him. I will keep him and his family in my prayers! We will all miss Gavin sooo much. Rest In Peace Gavin!

I know I am late but I want Gavin's family to know that I struggle everyday with the loss of Gavin. It will not be easy returning to school without seeing his smile. We all know that everyone passes and we know that Gavin would want us to stay strong and enjoy life. I can understand your struggle and how hard it must be to try and recover from this. I ask myself every night before bed, "Why couldn't I have been there to stop this incident from happening?" I wish I could have done something. My heart aches for Gavin and his family everyday. We love you Gavin. Fly high buddy.

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