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Thomas "Tippy" Powers

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Thomas Francis "Tippy" Powers, 73, of Manchester, Conn., entered peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
He was known for his quick Irish wit, infectious laugh, empathy toward others, devotion to friends and family, and love of Boston sports teams and Notre Dame football. An avid walker and occasional golfer, Tippy enjoyed attending horse races with friends, where he always "made expenses".
Tippy was born in Pittsfield, the son of Thomas Joseph Powers and Mary Donovan Powers on Sept. 27, 1939. He graduated from Lee High School, where he was a tackle for the 1956-1957 Western Massachusetts State, Class B Champion football team. He earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Michael's College and served as an Officer and an intelligence officer in the Navy.
He worked as a human resources professional at Pratt &Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., serving as manager of Salary Compensation and as manager of the Outplacement Center. Tippy retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1995 and became the Continuing Education Manager for Graduate Studies at Rensselaer Poly Technical Institute in Hartford.
He was a communicant of Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Manchester.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivily Therrien Powers; his sister, Jane Powers Laureyns and her husband, Richard, and their family of Pittsfiel; his son, Todd Powers, and his wife, Claire Robinson Powers of Ipswich, and their children, Ethan, Faith and Liam; his daughter, Tanya Powers Dixon, and her husband, Errol of Manchester, and their daughter, Audrianna. He will be dearly missed by lifelong friends, Lincoln "Butch" Streeter and his wife, Janet, and family of South Windsor, Conn.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Joseph Powers and Mary Donovan Powers; his sister, Anne Powers Tarmey, and his beloved "guard dog" Buttons.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held Friday, April 5, at 9:15 a.m. from the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Mary's Church in Lee. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories, please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 3, 2013
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