Frank Thomas Tripi, 63, a former resident of Lewiston and Youngstown, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born in Niagara Falls on May 22, 1947, he was the son of Anthony and the late Anna (Dokken) Tripi. He graduated from Paul Smith's College in 1967 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for two years. After becoming a professional licensed land surveyor, Tripi formed his own companies, Frank T. Tripi and Associates and Lanplan, operating them from 1976 to 1997, when he and his wife, Kathleen (Ormsby) Tripi, relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo. Tripi continued his career there as a professional land surveyor until 2007, when he retired due to illness. He and his wife resided in Monument, Colo.
An avid fisherman, sports fan and automobile enthusiast, Tripi was an inspiration to his family, friends and medical professionals, maintaining a positive attitude, his sharp wit and his warm smile throughout the four years of his illness.
In addition to his wife of 43 years, Frank is survived by a son, Eric (Diane) Tripi of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; two daughters, Melissa (Jeff) Broeker of Monument, Colo., and Julie Tripi of New York, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Gabrielle and Matthew Broeker and Angelena, Dominic and Liliana Tripi; his father, Anthony Tripi of Buckeye, Ariz.; three brothers, Anthony (Jan) and Michael of Buckeye, Ariz., and Charles (Pam) of Orange, Calif.; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation vigil was held Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Church in Monument, Colo. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Suite 600, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903 or St. Peter Church in Monument.
Arrangements were made by Ellis Family Services Funeral and Memorial Care, Littleton, Colo.