Ronald E. Tripp ’59

Ronald E. Tripp ’59 died May 28, 2013, in Limington. He was born in Portland on June 22, 1937, and graduated as salutatorian of South Portland High School’s class of 1955. He played football and threw javelin at high school and at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. After Bowdoin, he joined Tripp Oil Company, a family business begun by his parents in 1933, and remained active in the business until its sale in 1983. He was involved in several businesses, including Swim World of Maine and Marble Island, a resort in Colchester, Vt. He owned a ski lodge in Carrabassett Valley near Sugarloaf Mountain, and was the owner of The Mortgage Store for more than twenty years. He worked tirelessly for thirty-five years in the area of church growth, as a program director at churches in Florida and New Hampshire. He worked for the Maine Refugee Resettlement Program, which helped to bring more than thirty Cambodian families to the state and find them sponsors through churches in Southern Maine. He worked as a consultant with several churches and denominations, helping in the late 1970s to lay the groundwork for a successful fundraising program for the Maine Conference of the United Methodist Church. He worked for the Lutheran Ministries of Florida as executive director of a five-county program centered in West Palm Beach that delivered resettlement services to Haitians. For ten years, as a consultant for Barden Church Building Services, he was involved in building new churches in Saco, Calais, and Eastport, as well as Amherst, N.H., and Dracut, Mass. He. In his later years, he worked for Mermaid Transportation. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Karen L. Kuhblank Tripp; son Craig Tripp; daughter Kristin Fournier; and six grandchildren.

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