Ralph Everett Giffin, 68

April 04, 2010
  • Ralph Everett Giffin

-APRIL 2, 2010

BALTIMORE - Ralph Everett Giffin, 68, died Friday, April 2, 2010, in Baltimore, Md.

Ralph was born in Hagerstown, Md., to the late William E. Giffin and Gloria Giffin.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Giffin.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Judith Hartman Giffin of Frederick, Md.; their four sons, Ethan E. Giffin of Baltimore, William Chakwin and his wife, Stacey, of Wilmington, Del., Christopher Chakwin and his wife, Jenn, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Timothy Chakwin and his wife, Melanie, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one brother, William Giffin Jr. and his wife, Kristina, of Aiken, S.C.; one sister, Irene E. Giffin of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and one sister-in-law, Donna Giffin of Hagerstown.

Despite a 10-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Ralph's five grandchildren filled him with love and pride. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A 1960 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Ralph went on to earn a B.A. in social sciences from the University of Maryland and an M.S. degree in communications from Shippensburg University.


Mr. Giffin retired in 1997 from the Washington County Board of Education, where he served the students, faculty and staff of Washington County Public Schools with honor and distinction. He started his 30-year career as a teacher and technology coordinator, and was promoted to director of facilities and planning.

Ralph served his community as past president, secretary and Paul Harris Fellow of the Hagerstown Rotary Club, and volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Goodwill Industries and United Way.

After retirement, Ralph and his wife moved to Ocean Pines, Md., where he was employed by Atlantic General Hospital, pursued a career in publishing as founder of Blue Ridge Publications and co-authored "Goodnight John-Boy."

Funeral services will be held at Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Edward Heim, will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008 or online at

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