Ian Griffiths


GRIFFITHS, Ian peacefully passed away at Home surrounded by his loving family on 13th August 2019, aged 55 years.

Dearly loved Husband to Jo. Loving Dad to Aaron Father-in-law to Rebecca. Devoted Grandad to Imogen

Brother to Frank and Karen. Brother-in-law to Stephen and Lisa. Uncle to many.

Ian will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

A Celebration of Ian’s life will take place on Thursday 5th September at Mayfields Memorial Chapel, Eastham at 1:30pm. followed by burial.

Family flowers only please, however a donation in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd would be gratefully received.

The Anderson Family have been entrusted with the arrangements. All enquiries to Anderson Family Run Funeral Directors, 11 Chester Road, Whitby Village, Ellesmere Port. Telephone: (0151) 357 2671

47 messages of condolence

  1. Dave Glass 11th July 2021 at 5:32 am - Reply

    2021 and I’ve just found out, what with not being close to ‘the job’. I worked with Griff at the Cop Shop, Church St in the 90’s. On several occasions we were together on Special Ops and he was a true gent. Sleep well Big Man.

  2. Tracy G 9th September 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    A great man full of fun and love for Jo, then Aaron and later for little Imogen. A wonderful colleague who tutored me for a short time. The celebration was full of laughter and tears, so befitting of such a genuinely lovely guy.
    You will be sorely missed Griff, they certainly don’t make ‘em like these used to!
    Sending peace and love to Jo, Aaron and all your family.

  3. Laura Smith 5th September 2019 at 11:40 am - Reply

    One of the loveliest and kindest men I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will miss meeting you for coffee and cake at HQ to catch up. You will be missed by many Griff. Thank you for all the advice over the years, it was an honour to call you my friend.

  4. Diane Field 1st September 2019 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    To Ian you fought a brave fight but your spirit will live on for ever and you will still be there for the ones you truly loved Joanne, Aaron, Becky and Imogen. R.I.P Ian lots of love xxxxx

  5. Sam 30th August 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Griff, you were a true gent and an absolute pleasure to work with… You had such a massive generous heart even when times were shit, you still put everyone else before yourself.. you had so much determination and strength that I will never know where it came from..

    You were and always will be an inspiration to many and I for one will never forget you. I will always remember your last words to me ‘I’ll be back in work in 3 weeks..’ you were forever the professional and it was a pleasure to manage you..

    Sending my love and thoughts to Jo, Aaron and family xxx

  6. Steve Jones 28th August 2019 at 5:56 pm - Reply


    Another true gent taken too soon. Thanks for all your help and guidance when I landed at SAS and the Cop Shop. It was a laugh and pleasure

    Steve 5747

  7. Geoff Conway 28th August 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    It was a real pleasure and honour to have known and worked with Griff (Ian). At all times he was a complete and utter gent. Dedicated to his work and one of the hardest working people I have ever met. He used his expertise and knowledge to keep the public safe and make the world a better place. I am very sad that I will not have the chance to catch up with him again and hear his insights into a range of subjects that he was knowledgeable about – cars, mechanics, food, travel, art, tech. I could go on. My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. A terrible loss. x

  8. Lisa Steve & Kara 26th August 2019 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Ian … a truly amazing brother-in-law and fantastic uncle to Kara.. so many memories that will never be forgotten and will be held in our hearts forever. We always had a laugh whatever .. will never be the same without you……… 💔💔💔

  9. Phil Towers 8008 25th August 2019 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    A big man with a big heart and a bigger laugh.
    You are a legend of Liverpool city centre fella, not just plod 🤣🤣
    God bless mate, say hi to Pete, Margie and Ged’ and all at the SAS bar. Love from Cleggie as you continued to call me 😊❤️

  10. Susan Allen 24th August 2019 at 9:57 am - Reply

    You were an icon in the cop shop. You made me feel welcome when I started. So sad to hear this news. May your family have peace at this sad time mate. X😥

  11. Donna McShane 23rd August 2019 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I hope you continue to be as inquisitive and curious about, well, just about everything really. Remain happy solving new problems and conundrums. It was my pleasure to have worked with you, Griff. 🌻

  12. Julie Mathews 23rd August 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Worked with Ian at SAS and can say he was one of the most genuine guys you could meet who was always ready to tell a joke or a funny story. RIP Griff and thoughts to your family xx Jue

  13. Alan Fleming 23rd August 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    A true friend who I will long remember with fondness and laughter

  14. Karen McKee 23rd August 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Ian you were a gentleman and a scholar. Your smile was always present. You will be missed by all who knew you. Condolences to Jo and the Family. Rest easy big fella. XX

  15. Stephen Fisher Davies 23rd August 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I only met Griff a few times in my career (working for the police in the south west) but I always remember that he could light up any room by cracking a good joke! A great friend to a great number of people I met and still know in Forensics in Merseyside. Everyone ALWAYS spoke very highly of him and what a great friend he was. He was a great asset to forensics and knowing his work he did a fantastic job the protecting of the children of Merseyside throughout the end of his career when I met him.

  16. Louise Harrison 23rd August 2019 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Big man big heart and a great ally – always there with sage advice humour and above all kindness – a true character sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family whom he spoke often about with such pride x

  17. Dave Handley 23rd August 2019 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Griff, a top bloke. You will be missed Fella. Thoughts with Joanne, Aaron and family. RIP
    Dave Handley

  18. Mal. 7244. 23rd August 2019 at 7:27 am - Reply

    RIP Griff. Remember the good times at Bruche.

  19. Tony(taffy) Jenkins 23rd August 2019 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Always a smile never a frown.Ian you always loved a bit of nonsense.Glad to have known you.Deepest condolences to the family..Rest easy.

    • Heado 166i 28th August 2019 at 1:41 am - Reply

      I remember Griff from my very 1st day at SAS. Never heard him speak a bad word. Always able to put a smile on peoples faces.
      What a true gent he was.
      RIP Griff 😥

  20. Matt Helme 23rd August 2019 at 6:36 am - Reply

    A good man and a great friend to many. Some serious laughter involved .
    RIP sir

  21. Peter Tomlinson 23rd August 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Many years ago I had serious problems getting payment for some computer equipment from the captain of a Russian boat. I asked Ian for his help. Even though it was obviously a civil matter……..without any hesitation Ian and one of his colleagues in the police arrived at the boat in a panda car and full uniform and we recovered the computers. Instead of spending heaps of money going through civil court, it only cost me two bottles of scotch.

    A few days later Ian told me that senior officers in Merseyside Police had grilled him on why he’d attended the boat. Apparently the boat was owned by the Russian mafia and was under surveillance by Merseyside police and Ian was filmed going on board.

    That’s the type of guy Ian was. He’d do anything to help a friend without thinking about himself. An uncomplicated Liverpool lad. A big man with an even bigger heart. Have a good journey my friend.

    • Mike Meredith 25th August 2019 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Yes Peter i remember it well…

  22. Dean Owen 23rd August 2019 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Griff, you legend, taught me alot as a young probationer. Even swappiñg my shifts on cop shop at weekends. Great memories and piss taking…You will be missed…..4020ty Deano

  23. Stephen Simpson 22nd August 2019 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    A good guy, I’ll never forget the night you helped me out. Good night Griff. Condolences to your family and friends.

  24. Helen Hurst 22nd August 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I remember you as the most helpful of bobbies.
    Always making yourself available for enquiries and any questions we young ones had.

    Always up for a laugh and always happy.

    Love to you and all your family it’s a pleasure being able to trip this having known you x

    • Helen H 22nd August 2019 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      A pleasure being able to type this having known you x

  25. Yvonne Grosvenor 22nd August 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Caring lovely man loved working with him. He will be missed. RIP Griff xxx

  26. Natalie 22nd August 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    What a gentleman Ian was such a caring nature and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
    Always went out of his way to help people
    My thoughts are with his ever loving wife Joanne and Aaron and his little family
    RIP Ian
    Sadly missed

  27. Becca 22nd August 2019 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    What a lovely man! Such a kind and caring person. Ian always had so much time for my little boy and although they didn’t see each other much, they were like a naughty little team when they were together. He will be greatly missed by many. All my love to his amazing family, especially his super strong wife Jo 💜xx

  28. Jim Mc Donald 22nd August 2019 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Griff you are a sound fella with a great sense of humour. I will always remember you. Too young to leave. Duty done Rest Easy.

  29. Sandra mason ( Lloyd) 22nd August 2019 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    So sad what a lovely guy my heartfelt sympathy to his caring families
    Good night & God bless

  30. Elaine Carrington-Mackenzie 22nd August 2019 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Griff (7224)

    You made me feel so welcome when I came to the block at SAS. You made me laugh so hard the tears would roll down my face, you where a true gentleman with a big heart. My condolences to Joanne and family rest in peace my friend you will be missed by so many. 🙏🏻

  31. Tony 22nd August 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    My best mate. There will never be a man like him ever again.

  32. Steph Yoxall 22nd August 2019 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    A funny, lovely, caring man who always had a story to tell and a joke that would always make me laugh. I will miss his smiley face and I am honoured to have known such a genuine person and I’ll miss him very much. Thinking of Jo and the Family at this very sad time. My thoughts are with you all.

  33. Paul Gwatkin 22nd August 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    It was my privilege to know and work with Ian. A truly great character and expert in his line of work. My thoughts are with Jo and all of Ian’s family at this sad time. Best wishes

    • Emma Vickers 22nd August 2019 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Only met you times but you were lovely and your lovely wife always spoke fondly of you. So sorry to read this, love and hugs to your beautiful family. Xx

  34. karen newman 22nd August 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I was so lucky to have known such a kind hearted warm gentleman he will be missed dearly love you ian xxx

  35. Mike Rimmet 22nd August 2019 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I don’t know what to say really. Ian was a good friend and colleague, quick witted with an awesome sense of humour. He bore the burden of his illness with his typical stoicism. He will be missed.

  36. Karen Ellis 22nd August 2019 at 9:34 am - Reply

    My beautiful caring brother where do I start. You were always there for me no matter what. So kind no matter what life threw at you, and you have had the biggest battle of your life, which sadly you couldn’t win. I will love and miss you forever, till we meet again someday. All my love Karen xxx💔💔💔

  37. Jackie MA Mills 22nd August 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

    What a great guy, so many fond memories of our time at the cop shop,
    Condolences to Jo and the family Griff will be sorely missed xx

    • Dean Owen 23rd August 2019 at 12:15 am - Reply

      Griff, you legend, taught me alot as a young probationer. Even swappiñg my shifts on cop shop at weekends. Great memories and piss taking…You will be missed…..4020ty Deano

  38. Neil Doughty 21st August 2019 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Ian was a lovely man Neil and family

  39. Dawn Lightfoot 21st August 2019 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    I am honoured to have known this lovely, caring family man. My heart goes out to his family, my thoughts are with them at this sad time.
    RIP Ian xx

  40. Gerrard 21st August 2019 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing man so glad I got to meet him and have all them conversations about his photography while cutting the grass. Fly high Ian🌟😪

  41. Rebecca wood 21st August 2019 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Well were do i start . I have know ian all my life from what i can think of he was really good friends with my dad ( peter wood ) he was always therefor me x you will be sadly missed xxx love you always x hope your having a pint with my dad up there untill we meet again xx

    • SallyAnn Fidler 22nd August 2019 at 9:51 am - Reply

      All the memories I have of Ian involve him laughing and smiling.
      Work with him over the years was an honour and a pleasure.
      One of the most genuine and nicest men I’ve met.
      Love to Jo and family.

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