Millard A. Tripp Jr., 86
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SACO -- Millard A. Tripp Jr., 86, of Saco, passed away surrounded by his family late Monday morning on Jan. 14, 2013, at Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough.
He was born in Gorham on March 8, 1926, the son of Millard A. Sr. and Gertrude (Kimball) Tripp. Bud was raised in Saco on the Tripp farm on Flag Pond Road. He graduated from Thornton Academy where he lettered in football and basketball. He received a Degree in Mortuary Science from NEI in Boston.
He served his country in the Merchant Marines and the Army Air Corps. Bud spent his work career at Bancroft & Martin in South Portland.
For all who knew him, his life was all about his family. The eldest of six siblings he raised seven children with his wife Theresa.
He was an avid gardener and with his wife's help, they canned and froze their harvest each year and shared their bounty with their children and grandchildren.
Bud was also well known for his woodpile on Buxton Road. He enjoyed cutting and splitting eight cords of wood every fall in preparation for winter.
He was an avid deer hunter and cherished his hunting trips in Fryeburg with his closest friends. He also celebrated being the patriarch of the Tripp family each year at the annual Tripp clambake, a family tradition for 60 years.
A very important part of Bud's life and his memberships to Blue Lodge #9 Saco, York Royal Arch Chapter #5 Saco, St. Amand Commandery # 20, Maine Council #7, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests Kora Shriners and Eastern Star Chapter #184 Saco.
Bud left his mark in the records of Masonry and was recognized for his life's contributions by receiving the Knights Templar Cross of Honor, Templary's highest award. He was also an outstanding secretary/recorder.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Theresa B. Tripp on March 12, 2010; by one brother, Ronald K. Tripp on March 14, 2012; and his brother-in-law, Ralph Grant. He is survived by his children, Patricia Jordan and her husband Michael of Gorham, Richard Tripp and his wife Patrice of Saco, Sandra Legendre and her husband Raynald of Saco, William Tripp and his wife Deborah of Leesburg, Va., John Tripp of Saco, James Tripp and his wife Robin of Limington and Susan Tripp of Saco; two brothers, Forrest Tripp and his wife Ruth of Limington and Leslie Tripp and his wife Mary Alice of Saco, two sisters, Janet Grant of Scarborough and Nancy Tripp of Saco; one sister-in-law Dolly Tripp of Saco; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Meghan, Christopher, Jeremy, Michael, Thomas, Matthew, Samuel and Julianne; and two great-grandchildren, Dominik and Olivia.
Visiting hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Cote Funeral Home, 87 James St., Saco. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Cote Funeral Home. Burial will be in the spring in South Buxton Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cote Funeral Home, Saco. To sign the guestbook, go to www.cotefuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Maine Veteran Home in Scarborough for their kind and compassionate care of Bud during his illness. Special appreciation to RN's Ashley, Beth, Bethany, Justin, Meagan, Judy and Jenna and CNA's Margie, Bobbie, Mark, Jess, Tom and Hazel.
In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made to:
Knights Templar Eye Foundation Care of John Bond Sr.
50 Waterside Lane
South Berwick, Maine 03908
Millard A. Tripp Jr.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 16, 2013