Even though it has been well more than a decade since Jimmy Griffin was mayor of the City of Buffalo, he never really left the consciousness of the people who live here. He spoke out against the man who succeeded him, he took a seat on the common council, and he continued to act as a spokesman for the people of South Buffalo.
So when word began to spread earlier today that the former mayor had died, peacefully, after a short stay in an area nursing home, it came as a surprise to many who still might have expected the indefatigable 'Jimmy Six Pack,' to make one more swing at public life.
People loved Jimmy Griffin, and people hated him. But no one was ever indifferent about him. It is almost fitting that he say good bye on Memorial Day weekend, because Buffalo will never forget the man who served as its mayor longer than any other person in its history.