Life After Tappan Zee

Ralph C. Griswold - aka Charlie
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1956 Graduation Picture
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My Wife, Formally, Audrey Gordon, and I currently live in Middletown N.Y. which is about 50 miles Northwest of Piermont. Iím now 73 yrs. Young and have lived in Middletown for the past 37 yrs. Audrey and I have been married this Sept. 52 yrs. And she comes from West Wyoming Pa., and was born in Wilkes Barre Pa.

My Graduating class was 1956 and I was 1 point short and could not graduate, so foolishly I quit. I later went on and took a course at Nyack High School and received my High School Equiv. Diploma, G.E.D.

After T.Z. 1956 I went too work for Safeway Stores Inc. in Pearl River N.Y. which was baught out by Finast Supermarkets. I worked part time in Piermont as a police officer. I joined the Piermont Fire a volunteer in 1958 and held the offices of Asst. Foreman, Foreman, 2nd.Asst. Chief, 1st. Asst. Chief then Chief 1970-1971, and later as Chief Driver. This Sept.Iíll have been a member for 52yrs.

In my Firematic years I belonged too The Rockland County Firemans Assn., NY & NJ Firemans Assn., Ex Chiefs Assn. in Piermont.Empire Hose Co.#1 Piermont, New York State Fire Chiefs Assn., and also NYS Police Officers Assn. and probably a few that I forgot, Phew.

On or about 1970 I left Finast Supermarkets as a Produce Manager and went too work for Cropsey Farm Inc. as an Asst. Mgr. in there Retail Farm Market. I later earned the jobs of Produce and Grocery buyer , and sales rep., Truck and Fork lift operator trainer. Retired from Cropsey Farm 1n 1999, worked Part Time for Auto Pro in Monroe N.Y. for about 5 yrs, and am fully retired at this time.

Audrey and I had two children, a girl and a boy, Charlene Marie and Charles Lee. Charlene sadly passed away at 30 yrs. Old it will be 20 yrs. This July. I have three Grandchildren, two from Charlene, a boy Shane and a girl Heather, I have a Grandson from my Son Charles, whose name in Mathew. I also. I also have four Great Grandchildren from Mathew a girl Leora and three boys Aiden, Mathew, and Ethan.

My hobbies are NASCA R Racing. I was a big Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan and now Iím watching his son Dale Jr. trying too become a Champion like his Father. I have been collecting Nascar 1/24th and 1/64th Dye cast cars for years and Racing Memorabilia that I will pass on too my Grandson Shane some day. The other hobby I have is really enjoying my Grandkids and Great Grandkids.

Call me or e-mail me anytime, Thanks Charley.

Contact Information


Snail-Mail: 74 1/2 Linden Avenue, Middletown N.Y. 10940

Phone: 845-342-1837 - 845-741-9528(c)