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  • Obituary: Richard Douglas Tripp Sr.

  • Richard “Dick” Tripp Sr., age 66, passed away on March 4, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones at Noyes Memorial Hospital, after a valiant battle against cancer.



     
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    SPRINGWATER — Richard “Dick” Tripp Sr., age 66, passed away on March 4, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones at Noyes Memorial Hospital, after a valiant battle against cancer.
    Dick was born in Brockport on June 12, 1946, and was a son of George I. and Nora (Boston) Tripp.
     He was the eldest of five children. Dick graduated from Greece Olympia high School in 1964 and joined the U.S. Army.
     He served in South Korea, and did courier duty in Japan, and Vietnam before being assigned to the Defense Language Institute West Coast division, Monterey, Calif., in 1966 to study the Thai language and customs. 
    In 1967 he married Judy Schlaick and they had three children: Leannah (born 1967) (Cliff King), Richard D. Jr. (born 1968) (Tina Fountaine) and Catherine (born 1970) (James Ricci).
    Further service stateside was in Fort Devens, Mass., and Fort George Meade, Md. He left the service and returned home to attend college. 
    In 1973, while working at Bausch & Lomb, he met his present wife, Carol (Keech) Austin and they were married in October 1976 at the Springwater United Methodist Church in October 1976. 
    Carol’s daughter, Regina “Gina” became his child and they subsequently had a son, Raymond (Korin) Tripp (b. 1979), Pennsylvania.

    In 1974, Dick joined the Springwater Fire Department and for the next 39 years worked to serve the citizens of Springwater rising to EMS Captain, a member of the Monroe Livingston Emergency Medical Services committee and then a board member. 
    He worked tirelessly to develop protocols and standards to raise the levels of professionalism and service for all EMS personnel.

    An avid outdoorsman, Dick was a life member of the Springwater Rod & Gun Club, a member of the NRA and a certified NYS Hunter Safety instructor.
     Dick was an Eagle Scout; he also was involved in scouting as a scoutmaster in Springwater. He was very proud that several of the scouts in his troop achieved their Eagle Scout status. 
    Dick was also an active volunteer with the Springwater Gala Committee for several years and participated as the “Mountain Man Storyteller” spinning stories based on local history and lore for the youngsters attending the festivities.

    Dick was a member of the Springwater American Legion Post No. 905 and was serving as the Commander when he was struck down by illness. 
    He was also a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 905. He was very proud of his service to his country that included 11 years as a reservist in the 98th Division and took great pride in the fact that three of his children and his brother were veterans.

    Page 2 of 2 - Dick is survived by his loving wife, Carol; his five children and their respective spouses; his seven grandchildren, Danielle Collins (Jace Clifford) and Stephanie Grimsley, Krystin-Marie Rivera (Willie Gibson), Kaitilyn Barry, and Michael Barry; Patrick and Boston Tripp. 
    He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Jose, Sebastian, Isabel, Adalynn and Brooklynn; his sisters, Patricia Gould, Rochester, and Nancy (Barry) Massing, Ocala, Fla.; and one brother, Philip (Rita) Tripp, Sonoma Calif.. 
    His brother, Robert, died in infancy. He is also survived by his aunt, Virginia Palmer; his uncle, Carl Hottmann; his lifelong friend, Doug Bailey; his best friend’s family, Mrs. Candy Foster and the Sean Irwin family; his former wife, Judy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

    Friends and family may 4-7 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. 
    Friday at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 West Naples St., Wayland. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Springwater Methodist Church, Main St., Springwater, with a luncheon following at the Wayland American Legion Post No. 402. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Evergreen Cemetery, Springwater.

    In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the 1941 HAIG Museum, Geneseo, where Dick volunteered his services for the air shows, or to the Honor Flight program. 
    Those who wish to light a memory candle for Dick may do so at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com.

     
    He was the wind beneath our wings and a ray of sunshine, when life threw us a curveball. He will be missed forever.
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