New London - John Joseph Kripas, 83, of New London, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
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John was born on Nov. 12, 1929, in Hartford, the son of the late Mattias and Theodora (Bajels) Kripas.
John attended Marianapolis Prepatory School and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1954, where he was a brother of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He was an outstanding football player, earning many accolades and achievements, which led to a stint playing semi-pro football. John also served in the armed forces as a first lieutenant.
He retired after 35 years from General Dynamics. John used his retirement to pursue the things he loved the most. His days were spent inciting political strife between his closest friends, solving Soduku down at Fort Trumbull, and lounging in the sun at either Misquamicut Beach or at home on the back deck with his dog, Grumbles. John was truly one of the good guys! He was a selfless, giving, charitable man who would help in anyway he possibly could.
He is survived by his daughter, Karyn and her husband, David, and grandchildren, Eric and Raegan Garside; his son, Kirk and his wife, Debbie, and grandchildren, Brenten and Anna Kripas; his brother, Michael and his wife, Bea, and their three children. He also leaves behind his "real family", the Flanders Pizza crew and East Lyme Burger King breakfast gang.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Angela Marie Giordano. They were married in New London on Oct. 31, 1959.
He lived by his motto, "Don't sweat the small stuff, enjoy life!"
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 10, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home and proceed to St. Joseph Church, 17 Squire St., New London, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Jefferson Ave., New London.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution in John's memory be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut.
To view Mr. Kripas' online video tribute or to send online condolences, please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Dec. 10, 2012
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