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Donald J. Tripp, 67, of Ipswich, Mass., passed away Saturday July 29th, 2017.
Son of Agnes (Wallant) and Joseph S. Tripp (Middletown Hall of Fame inductee, Pratt & Whitney associate), Don was born in Middletown, Conn. on October 30th, 1949. He was raised in Cromwell, Conn. and spent his childhood playing on “The Manor.” Don was part of the first graduating class of Xavier High School in 1967, continuing his education at Manhattan College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business in 1971. His love of sports, undoubtedly passed on by his father, started early in life. He played baseball throughout adolescence but after taking golf lessons a golf-pro encouraged his Father to forego baseball because “this kid was meant to play golf.” And Golf he did. Don was a consistent tournament winner. He was a member of the Andover Country Club for 40 years. Later in life, he added fishing to his list of favorite activities. One of his favorite spots to surf cast was off the shore in Biddeford Pool, ME where he spent time every summer. Don established a successful insurance agency: Dudley & Borland, Ellis & Andrews, which was located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. Above all else, Don was a loving family man, giving friend and always affable, gregarious and socially engaging. Donald J. Tripp is survived by his wife, JoAnn (O’Neill) Tripp, his daughter, Joanna Tripp Ortiz, son-in-law, Jorge A. Ortiz and his grandchildren, Julia and Jace; his sister, Linda Morrison; nephew, Tod McKeon; nieces, Jolie McKeon and Deanna Sowle.
Funeral procession from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway, (Powder House Sq.), Somerville, Monday morning, August 7, 2017 at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service in the Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge at 12:30. Relatives and friends invited. Calling hours in the Funeral Home, Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information and guestbook please visit: dohertyfuneralservice.com.
Published on  August 4, 2017
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