Richard W. "Rip" Ripley

  • Born: February 2, 1934
  • Died: September 16, 2016
  • Location: Plaistow, New Hampshire

Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home

116 Main Street
Route 121A
Plaistow, NH 03865
Tel. (603) 382-2233

Tribute & Message From The Family

Plaistow, NH: Richard W. "Rip" Ripley, 82, a resident of Plaistow for fifty-three years, died Friday evening, September 16, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.

Born in Haverhill, MA, son of the late Norman and Priscilla (Metthe) Ripley, he attended Haverhill Public Schools including Haverhill High School and the former Haverhill Trade School where he was member of the varsity football and baseball teams. He served as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Waller.

Mr. Ripley was the plant Manager at Suburban Propane Co. for eighteen years and last worked as the bartender at the Carl Davis Post of the American Legion, Plaistow.

A Past Commander of Carl Davis Post # 34 of the American Legion, he was also a longtime member of the Lorraine Post of the VFW of Haverhill. He was an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, and former member of the American Legion Softball League. He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball, building model airplanes, fishing, gardening, yardwork and trips to the beach.

Predeceased by his loving wife Shirley (Pereen) Ripley in 2015, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by two sons, Richard W. Ripley, Jr and his wife Raquel of Sharon, MA, and Kevin M. Ripley and his friend Kelly Pentedemos, of Plaistow, three daughters, Dawn Marie Ripley, Karen M. Senter and her husband Clint and Sherri A. Coyle and her husband Kevin, all of Plaistow, fourteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mr. Ripley's Life Celebration to be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. His funeral service will take place on Thursday at 10a.m. in the funeral home followed by burial with military honors in Plaistow Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To send a message of condolence to the family or to find directions to our home, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

to Dawn, Karen & family I am so saddened by your many memories....our thoughts & prayers are for dad & all of you...Love The Thibeault family

Posted by Michele Thibeault - seabrook, NH - Family Friend   October 01, 2016

To Dawn, Sherri, Karen, Kevin, and Rick, sorry to have just learned of the passing of your father. He was a nice guy and so devoted to your mother. We met many times in the course of your Mom's employment at "Foodish Thoughts" and were blessed to have known them both. God bless you with His Spirit of comfort, encouragement & love in the days & weeks to come.

Mona & Dave Francis , (Seabrook, NH)

Posted by Mona & Dave Francis - Seabrook, NH   September 25, 2016

I go back to the 1950's when I first met Dick. He was a true American . He loved his country and if yu were a friend of his it was for life. I also knew his wife Shirley I believe it was love at first sight for the both of them
And now together for eternity. The song together again was made for them- God bless- Forever a friend- Bill Ingham - Freedom,NH Sep 24 2024

Posted by Bill Iingham - Freedom,, NH - Friend   September 24, 2016

Kevin. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Thinking about you.

Posted by Jim McKinley - Friend   September 21, 2016

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I met "Rip" when I first joined the American Legion in Plaistow many years ago, and he was so nice to a newcomer. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Kathleen Cravino - Plaistow, NH - Acquaintance   September 21, 2016

Dear Ripley Family, Our thoughts are with all of you during this time. So sorry for your loss, and our deepest condolences.

Posted by Peter Guellnitz - Holliston, MA - Coworker   September 21, 2016

Dear RipleyFamily.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this tome. What a wonderful husband and father he was. He will be deeply missed.
With deepest sympathy.
Jean Torrisi

Posted by Jean Torrisi - North Andover, MA - Family Friend   September 21, 2016

Dear Dawn, Karen and family, we are truly sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful, kind person and an awesome Husband to your Mom. May it bring you peace to know they are together again, as they were always meant to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Barbara Moran, Cathy & Brian

Posted by Morans - Plaistow, NH - Family Friend   September 21, 2016

Dear Rick & Raquel,
With deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the passing of time ease your sorrow and surround you with comforting memories.

Posted by Gloria Rose - Sharon, MA - Coworker   September 20, 2016

To the Ripley Family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
The Pirrello Family

Posted by Patti Pirrello - Sharon, MA - Friend   September 20, 2016

So sorry for you loss, love to all of you. Tricia and Alex Brown

Posted by Tricia Brown - Plaistow, NH - Family Friend   September 20, 2016

Lennie Amero.

Posted by lennie amero - gloucester, MA   September 20, 2016

Kevin & Kelly,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With our deepest sympathy
Jesse & Marci Foley

Posted by Jesse Foley - Dracut, MA - Family Friend   September 20, 2016

To the Ripley family, My heart goes out to you all you will all be in my thoughts and prayers, your father was such a wonderful man and so thoughtful, I am sure your mother was waiting with open arms to have the love of her life will be her again. am in Florida and cannot attend the services but will be thinking of you all. I last saw Rick In Gloucester this past summer at Fly;s reunion.

Posted by Patti & Bill Schmidt - Juno Beach, FL - Family   September 20, 2016

Dear Rick & Raquel, my deepest sympathy to you and all your family at this difficult time. May God bless you with His comfort and His peace. You are in my prayers.

Posted by Carol Piaseczny - Stoughton, MA - Coworker   September 20, 2016

Karen, Dawn & Family,
We're so very, very sorry for your loss. Please know we're here for you. Until you meet again, remember he & your mom are always with you. Prayers & Love during this difficult time...

Posted by Jim & Carolann Silva - Plaistow, NH - Friend   September 20, 2016


To Dawn and Karen and family..We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and was a great husband to his Shirley. They are now together again and are looking over all their loved ones ...Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Hilda Cheney and Beverly Thibeault( His fudge making lady).

Posted by Hilda Cheney - Plaistow, NH - Acquaintance   September 19, 2016

Sherri & family sorry to hear of your loss of your dad. Always remember the great times and love he provided over your life!

Posted by Steve/Carol Cummings - Concord, NH   September 19, 2016

I feel so blessed to have met Rip when Shirley lived at The Rockingham County Home. Rip and I had many conversations about anything and everything. He was always so sweet and encouraging, no matter what he was going through himself. His patience, understanding and sense of humor was invaluable to me. I am so grateful to have known him. Everyone loved and respected this kind, sweet man, and he will be remembered for the wonderful person he always was.

Posted by Lisa Fish - Plaistow, NH - Acquaintance   September 19, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about Richard. To his family so sorry for your loss. I liked your Mother and him a lot. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this diffult time. Love judi mayo

Posted by Judi Mayo - Carroll, NH - Acquaintance   September 19, 2016


I remember your Dad as a nice guy to all us kids. Sorry for your loss

Posted by Richard Lynch - Thonotosassa, FL - Friend   September 19, 2016

To all of the Ripley family, My heart goes out to you all, your father was such a handsome man and a heart of gold, I know your mother was waiting with open arms to have the love of her life by her side again. I am in Florida and unable to attend the services but will have him in my prayers. The last time I saw Rip was in Gloucester rum bar with fly. Patti and Bill Schmidt cousin of your mother.

Posted by Pat & Bill Schmidt - Juno Beach, FL - Family   September 19, 2016

I was the hospice chaplain for Shirley and never met as loving and caring a husband as Rip. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him at my weekly visits Shirley, which was mostly talking with Rip. I wish you all peace.

Posted by Joel Grossman - W. Newbury, MA, MA - Friend   September 19, 2016

Believe in Angels. They express themselves in many ways: a dream, a whisper, an overpowering feeling.

Posted by Mark & Pam Benham - Friend   September 19, 2016

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