Clive Langley Rippon

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RIPPON, Clive Langley It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lt. Col. (retd) Clive L. Rippon, DFC, CD3 on March 4, 2008, in Victoria, British Columbia. Born on April 7, 1921, in Coventry, England, Clive attended Coventry Preparatory School and Rugby School, OTC. In 1939 he enlisted in the RAF, and trained as an Air Observer, Navigator, Bomb Aimer, and joined 23(F) Sqdn., flying night intruder operations over Europe. In 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and in that year was posted to Calgary, Alberta, for Pilot training and operation rest. He met and on February 25, 1944, married Marion E. Simpson of Drumheller, Alberta. In March 1944, he returned to the UK. He was posted to 116 Squadron operating in France on D Day and on to Arnhem in support of ground forces. In 1945 he was posted to 575(T) squadron flying DC3s out of Bari, Italy. In 1946 he was posted to 216(T) squadron based at Almaza, Egypt, flying freight and passengers to the UK, West Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Karachi, India, the Middle East and Mediterranean destinations. In 1948 he immigrated to Canada and transferred from the RAF to the RCAF. He attended Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating with an LLB in 1952. He joined the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Ottawa, Ontario. He obtained his LLM from McGill University, in Montreal. Between 1958-1962 he served as Deputy Judge Advocate in Metz, France and Soest, Germany. Upon return to Canada, he was posted to Halifax, St. Hubert, Ottawa, and finally as AJAG and Military Judge in Victoria, sitting as Judge at different courts martial in Canada, Europe, Cyprus, Malta, and the UK. In the seventies, he transferred from CF Regular to Reserve Force for call out duties, spent one year in private practice, and was appointed Counsel to the British Columbia Royal Commission on Electoral Reform, and Chairman of the Federal Penitentiary Disciplinary Courts. In 1981 he retired after serving 43 years in the military and 20 years with the penitentiary service. Clive was predeceased by his parents, Col. The Reverend William Rippon and Malvina. He is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Michelle Rippon, an attorney in Asheville, North Carolina (Larry Farr); sons, David Rippon (Daphne), Novato, California, and Dr. Tom Rippon (Judy), Victoria; sisters, Rosemary Rippon, Halifax, and Patricia Lyell, Bath, England; grandson, Patrick, California; granddaughter, Victoria Miller (Cam), Mankato, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Rose and Jacob Miller; nephew, Robert Lyell, France; and niece, Susie Bancroft (Andy), Bath. A memorial service will be held at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the BCSPCA or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. He will always be our hero. 450929
Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2008