Dr. Steve Groff, who supported Pennsylvania hemp processing as soon as the crop was legalized, passed away on June 4. The York County coroner’s office ruled Groff’s death a suicide.
Groff was a surgeon and a founding member of the York-based OSS Health Orthopedic Hospital. Groff and his family established Wyndridge Farm, a restaurant, artisan brewery, and event venue, in Dallastown following a bike accident in 2011.
In 2019, Groff emerged as a leading advocate for the revived hemp industry. He contracted 2,000 acres in Pennsylvania for fiber hemp and made the decision to buy the HempTrain postharvest decortication and separation equipment in an effort to increase Pennsylvania’s processing capacity.
While Groff changed his focus from industrial hemp to medical cannabis in 2020, his work propelled the state to national notice and gave the business momentum.
Groff’s family published the following message on the Wyndridge Farm Facebook page:
“The Groff family is deeply heartbroken to share the news of the sudden passing of Dr. Steve Groff. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, entrepreneur, friend and doctor. The entire Groff family is processing the heartbreaking tragedy and respectfully ask for your privacy at this time. We are grateful for your love, understanding, and prayers as our entire family, including the Wyndridge Farm team, manages our grief and loss.”
The family also said, “Suicide is an issue that affects individuals and families in all communities. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, please seek help by calling PA 211 – Get Connected, Get Help, or call 988.”
Paddock on Market – York, PA released a statement t following the passing of Dr. Steve Groff, “The Paddock on Market Grieves with the Groff and Wyndridge Families on the Passing of Dr. Steven Groff. May God Grant him Rest with the Saints, and Consolation to the Hearts of his Loved Ones. Memory Forever Eternal Dearest Friend. Ζωή σε σας! jjs sas.”