Harry W. Sipe

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SIPE HARRY W. SIPE Harry Wood Sipe, an officer with the former National Savings and Trust Company (now SunTrust), a historic bank in Washington DC passed away peacefully at his Falls Church home on October 16, 2011. He had Parkinson's disease. Harry began his banking career in January 1950, rising to Senior Vice President for Retail Banking Operations and Private Banking Services. He attended the American Institute of Banking at Rutgers University and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1963. His thesis for graduation was selected from a class of 300 for permanent placement in the libraries of the Harvard School of Business Administration, Rutgers University and the American Bankers' Association. Harry, the son of William Robinson Sipe and Hannah Elizabeth Harrison Sipe, was born in the farm of his paternal Grandfather on February 9, 1931 at Island Ford, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. When young, he and his family moved to the farm (Sherewood) of his maternal Grandfather at Island Ford on the Shenandoah River. Harry was the eighth generation born and raised on the same piece of land in Virginia. A lifelong "farm boy" despite his half century in Washington, Harry was an avid outdoorsman and gardener. He was a member of the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Centreville. He was a founding member of the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a member of the Potomac Duck Decoy Collectors' Association. Following his retirement he greatly expanded his flower and vegetable garden at his Falls Church home along the W&OD trail which received much praise from both trail users and the neighbors who were the beneficiaries of his vegetable bounty. Harry is survived by his wife of 46 years Mary Joanne Sipe of Falls Church, children Mary Christina White (Kevin) of Centreville VA; John Howard Sipe (Tisha) of Gainesville, VA; and Elizabeth Claire Sipe of McLean, VA; grandchildren Emily, Stephen, and Brendan White of Centreville; and Jackson Sipe of Gainesville; brother John Harrison Sipe (Joan) of Harrisonburg, VA and twin sister Emily Sipe Clark of Bridgewater, VA and numerous nephews, nieces and their children. A brother, William Sipe of Elkton preceded him. Harry was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends. Viewing will be at Murphy's Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 and a memorial service at the Falls Church Anglican Church at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 21. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville, VA on Saturday, October 22. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Fort Harrison, Inc. P.O. Box 366 Dayton, VA 22821 or the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (www.arlingtonfairfax-iwla.org).

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 20, 2011