Donald Griffin died recently of what was reportedly a heart attack, though cause of death is still unconfirmed. Griffin was the veterinarian of Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital.
The hospital currently has a book for members of the community to sign or write in with memories or condolences. People are also welcome to leave letters in the book. The book will be given to the Griffin family.
On Tuesday there were flowers, signs and messages in chalk on the pavement outside the hospital for Dr. Griffin, known to many as "Doc."
"He'd give you the shirt of his back, literally," said Angelo J. Rossi of Palo Alto who had known Griffin for 35 years.
Rossi said Griffin was an avid bicyclist and a basketball player, as well as an "all around sportsman."
"He will be missed," Rossi said.
Griffin is survived by his three kids, Jhani, Taylor and Sam, and his wife, Maria, of Corte Madera.
The hospital, at 135 Spruce Avenue in South City, will remain open during its regular hours, until further notice.
Update: A memorial gathering will take place on Friday Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at Santo Cristo Hall at 41 Oak Ave. in South San Francisco. The event will be potluck style, and attendants are welcome to bring food. The public is also welcome to attend.
Here are a couple of comments to the Pet Hospital Patch listing about Dr. Griffin. Please leave memories and condolences in the comments section below:
"Dr. Griffin is the best! A very kind, compassionate and informed vet who who truly loves pets and takes his time in exams, as well as explaining whatever you need to know about your pet and their problems." -Victoria
"Dr. Griffin to address calmly and compassionately....Dr. Griffin is honest, patient, caring, and knowledgeable.....No concern is too small or insignificant for." -Harry E. Smith