CLIFTON ALVIN TRIPP August 20, 1921 - February 17, 2013 Born in Toronto to Thomas Alvin Tripp and Ella Mayes. Predeceased by his loving wife Margery Irene Upton (2001), daughter Peggy (Margaret Helen, 2008), brothers Kenneth, Donald and sister Doris Worr. Leaving behind daughter Pat and son Eric (Maria Smith), grandchildren Mia and Ellie, sister June Cunningham (Alan) and Wayne Hill, Peggy's husband. Cliff was a proud and lifelong Scarborough resident. He graduated from Scarborough Collegiate (RH King CI) in 1938. A decorated World War II veteran, Cliff served with the Royal Canadian Engineers as an Engineering Instructor in British Columbia and then with the Air Survey Group in England and the Netherlands. In 1946, he returned to Canada and married Margery. They lived on Chine Drive most of their married life and spent summer weekends at the cottage they built at Kasshabog Lake, north of Peterborough. There, Cliff enjoyed fishing (prize catch was a 31lb muskie!), all aspects of building, sailing, fixing everything, recycling (before anyone had heard of it), hunting, gardening, making maple syrup and furniture refinishing. He also enjoyed golf, bridge and the company of close friends who shared a love for square dancing. In addition, for many years he worshipped and played a very active role in St. Paul's United Church. In his professional life, Cliff was a dedicated and passionate public servant. He worked for the City of Scarborough moving his way up from assessor through various posts to Township Clerk and then Development Commissioner. In this latter role his judgment was repeatedly called upon as Scarborough evolved from essentially a rural suburb into a modern, multi-ethnic and thriving part of Toronto. One of Cliff's greatest achievements in this regard was leading the team that developed the Scarborough Civic and Town Centre, which represented at the time, a new and innovative partnership between the public and private sector. He also played an active role in the International Institute of Municipal Clerks serving in many capacities including President. Cliff received The Centennial Medal in 1967 and The Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. His wisdom, generosity and gentle presence will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club, 321 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Scarborough on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m . (see www.scarborogolf.com for directions).
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Published in the Toronto Star from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013