Belgrade Lakes ~ Richard Tripp died on Sunday, February 7, 2021\r\nsurrounded by family.\r\n\r\nHe was born in Gardiner in 1933, the son of the late William and Nettie Tripp.\r\nHe graduated from Hallowell High School in 1951 and then attended Colby College\r\nwhere he majored in Sociology, graduating with high honors in 1955.\r\n\r\nFollowing college graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army (1956-\r\n1958), where he served as an operating room surgical assistant at the\r\nhospital in Fort Hood, TX. He then returned to Maine where he began\r\nworking as a caseworker for the Augusta Mental Health Institute, now\r\nknown as Riverview Psychiatric Hospital. It was here that he met the\r\nlove of his life, Joan, while she was working as a Registered Nurse. They\r\nmarried in 1961, and were together for 58 years, before Joan’s death in\r\n2019. Richard also worked for the State of Maine in the Dept. of\r\nPersonnel and later in the Dept. of Human Services.\r\n\r\nHe was a member of the South Parish Congregational Church in\r\nAugusta for many years and was also a long-time member of the\r\nBelgrade Lakes Union Church, where he spent years nurturing its\r\ngrowth. But, all of that was peripheral. What really mattered was that\r\nRichard was a kind, decent, caring, loving man. He loved his wife,\r\nchildren, and friends fiercely. He rarely complained or uttered an\r\nunkind word. His glass of Moxie was always half full. He enjoyed playing\r\nthe piano, square dancing, traveling in his camper (with Joan),\r\nattending the summer fairs, cribbage, family gatherings, and a good\r\ngame of Five Hundred with his dear friends the Sanborns.\r\n\r\nHe loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren immensely. He\r\nloved to take them boating on the lake, and you could often find them\r\nsitting on Papa’s lap reading a book together. He was the ultimate\r\ncheerleader for his three children: Krysia, Kenneth, and Paul. He was\r\nthe continuous supportive sounding board for his daughter Krysia’s\r\nmusical career. He spent countless hours listening to mock auditions,\r\nattending recitals, concerts and competitions, reading scores, marking\r\nwrong notes, playing through piano accompaniments, celebrating\r\nsuccesses and soothing the failures. He also supported his two sons,\r\nKenneth and Paul in their respective lives and careers, dispensing\r\ninvaluable advice.\r\n\r\nHis wife Joan had a devastating stroke in 2010, and he lovingly cared for\r\nher at their home for ten years. This was heart wrenching and difficult,\r\nbut he was there for her every day until her death. He wouldn’t have\r\nhad it any other way.\r\n\r\nOur family won the Dad lottery, and we are heartbroken.\r\n\r\nRichard is survived by his son Kenneth Tripp and his wife Melissa Tripp\r\nof Vermont, his son Paul Tripp and wife Julia Tripp of Poland (ME), and\r\nDaughter Krysia Tripp and her partner, Tom Parchman of Portland. He\r\nis also survived by grandchildren, Jocelyn Tripp, Tyler Tripp and Logan\r\nTripp, and great grandchildren, Gavin and Abigail Tripp.\r\n\r\nA memorial service and party (at his request) are planned for the\r\nsummer when we can all gather safely outdoors.\r\n\r\nArrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, \r\n1 Church St., Augusta. Condolences to the family may be shared on the\r\nobituary page of the website at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.