Memorial held for cyclist who died in collision

Michelle Theriault Boots
Bill Roth

Friends, family and Anchorage cyclists gathered at the Kincaid Chalet on Sunday to remember Eldridge Griffith, a longtime bike commuter who was struck and killed as he crossed Northern Lights Boulevard on Jan. 2.

Cyclists lit candles and held a moment of silence for Griffith, before taking off on a snowy bike ride down the Coastal Trail at the ride portion of the memorial, which was organized by Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage.

Others inside the chalet recounted memories of Griffith. A program from the memorial said that 65-year-old known as "Griff" was born in Tennessee, grew up in Northern California and served in the Army at Fort Richardson. He went on to work at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and the McLaughlin Youth Center, which he retired from in 2001.

His retirement, according to the program, was spent reading the classics, practicing archery and photography and biking year-round in Anchorage. He "was also known for his gift of talking to anyone who would happen to cross his path," the program said. "He never ran out of numerous things to discuss. A man who made you laugh and a man who was loved by many."