BOSTON Funeral arrangements have been set for a man who died over the weekend after diving off a building into Nantucket Harbor hours after fundraising for a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge.
The wake for Corey Griffin, 27, will be from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Cohasset, according to family spokesman Stephen Greeley. The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m., also at St. Anthony’s.
Greeley, whose son grew up with Griffin, described him an energetic and charismatic booster for a number of local charities when not working as Director of Strategic Initiatives at RANE, a finance company in New York.
“This kid was immensely popular. His energy level was incomparable,” he said. “He had a challenging business career and he was on a straight upward path.”
Greeley said Griffin most recently raised $150,000 for the charity benefiting Peter Frates, a former Boston College classmate suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Frates’ family and friends are credited with starting the ice-bucket challenge phenomenon that has raised awareness and millions of dollars in donations for ALS research.
Greeley said Griffin, who later transferred to Babson College where he played varsity hockey, also helped launch a pair of charities benefiting the Boston Children’s Hospital. His parents helped co-found “Champions for Children’s,” a major annual fundraiser for the hospital.
Nantucket police said Monday that the investigation into Griffin’s death is ongoing. They say Griffin dove into the harbor from a building on Straight Wharf at around 2 a.m. Saturday. An off-duty lifeguard pulled his body from the water; Griffin was later pronounced dead at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
According to a draft obituary provided by his family, Griffin is the oldest of three children of Robert and Cathleen Griffin, of Scituate. He was a graduate of Thayer Academy and the Taft School.
“Corey’s boundless energy, spirit, ability to find something good in everybody, passionate support and leadership of many philanthropic causes … are his legacy,” the draft obituary says.