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Paul C. Tripp slipped away from us on June 2, 2010. He leaves his broken hearted wife Shirley (Wood) Tripp and his much loved cat, Vanna White. Paul was born in New Bedford, MA. Both parents, Melvin and Gladys (Barker) Tripp, preceded him in death.

All who knew him loved his gentle manner. Paul and Shirley shared over 48 wonderful years together. They met in a nightclub in Boston where Paul was the drummer in a new and upcoming band. They married soon after. Then Paul formed his own band (Paul Tripp and the Knights). The band was very popular, playing in and around the Boston area. He played for many summers in the Revere area. Musicians come and go, but they all loved working with Paul. He was in the music business for 20 years. Lots of travel, recording records, and many new friends came their way. Disco changed their lives. Nightclub owners preferred to hire disc jockeys to spin records than to hire a 6-7 person live band. Paul finished out his working years at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

Those who knew him knew of his love for music. He enjoyed going to many concerts; Pink Floyd, B.B. King and Buddy Guy to name a few. His other love was NASCAR. He was always cheering on Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Paul also loved animals; especially cats! Many contributions went from the Tripp house to animal shelters. Both Paul and Shirley worked diligently to make sure the animals at these shelters received lots and lots of Christmas presents. He was a great guy and will be deeply missed.

A time to say goodbye was held at the Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, on June 13. Paul will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered along with the ashes of his departed cats sometime in October from a mountain top in Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the NH SPCA, Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885, or to the MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA, 01844.

For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 17, 2010
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