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John 'Griff' Atkinson, food show organizer,musician and church leader

John 'Griff' Atkinson, food show organizer,musician and church leader

John Edward Griffith “Griff” Atkinson, a food show organizer, musician and church leader, died of pulmonary fibrosis Nov. 29 at Sinai Hospital. The Phoenix resident was 74.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Govans-Cedarcroft, he was the son of John Clarence Atkinson, a Baltimore city worker, and Lillian Freeburger, a librarian at Wellwood Elementary School. He attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was a 1960 graduate of Towson High School. He also earned a fine-arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He taught woodworking in Baltimore and Carroll counties for several years and sold insurance before becoming a consultant to spice maker McCormick & Co....

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