Joseph (Joe) Tripi Jr., 70, formerly of Brant, N.Y., passed away peacefully on April 8, at Mount Carmel House Hospice in Hilton, N.Y.
Memorial donations may be made to Mount Carmel House Hospice, 288 Frisbee Hill Road, Hilton, NY 14468.
Joe was a standout athlete at Lake Shore Central High School in Angola, N.Y., where he helped lead the Eagles in 1965 to their first unbeaten, untied football season in school history. He went on to play football, basketball and lacrosse in Geneva, N.Y. at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he graduated in 1972. In 2005, Joe was inducted into the Evans-Brant Sports Hall of Fame. For several years, Joe was employed by the State of New York where he worked with mentally challenged children, including at the former Canandaigua Transitional Home. He was a strong supporter and coordinator of the Special Olympics in the Finger Lakes region. Upon retirement, Joe took great pleasure in playing golf, bowling, hunting and enjoying time with former classmates and other friends. When he wasn’t on a golf course or hunting, he would spend time tending to his large garden.
He is survived by his sister, Bonita; brother, Robert; and many loving relatives and friends.
Joe was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Esther Tripi of Brant, N.Y.