George W. Trippon
Peacefully slipped away on New Year's Day, 2010. George was born on February 22, 1916 in Aurora, IL, to Mary (Szilagyi) and George Trippon. His parents, Romanian immigrants, owned & operated the Trippon Grocery Store at Pierce and High Streets in Aurora. George began a career in dance at the age of 9, attending the Brady School in Aurora. "Born under the sun," as he said, George was a happy soul dancing in Hollywood musicals in the 1930's. George studied fashion design in Paris under the G.I. Bill after a tour in the Army during WWII. He owned and operated the Trippon Fashion Center, School of Dress Design in Hollywood during the 1950's. A highlight of his life was his T.V. series "Sew, What's New" on the Learning Channel for 10 years during the 1980-90's. George was the author of several books on fashion design and sewing, as well as memoirs of his interesting & varied life. George was a lecturer, world traveler & dear friend to many. His caring companion, James W. Price, predeceased him in 2006, after a loving partnership of 64 years; his sisters, Emma, Florence and Mary predeceased him as well. He is survived by 3 nieces and the many beautiful friends with whom he shared his life. He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched, remembered by many as the "Belle of the Ball." Please sign the guest book at
Published by Daily Breeze on Jan. 5, 2010.
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George was a dear friend of my mother, Marguerite Keating Yarnell. They had a great deal of fun dancing and visiting at his
home with Jimmy. I remember when visiting his home the refrigerator was always full. George knew how to treat people with a mixture of humor and frankness.
Dennis Yarnell
December 17, 2020
I was very sorry to hear that George passed away on New Year's day. George was a special person who emanated kindness and humor along with his love of sewing and design. His show was a joy to watch. George, you will never be forgotten; may you rest in peace with Jimmie at your side.
Liz Gaffney
February 2, 2010
George Trippon was my ex-husband's (Jim Trense)uncle. His sister, Emma, my husband and I would go to visit George and Jimmy at their Hollywood home in the 60's. He was always very bright, had quite a sense of humor and devoted to his elderly mother and sister Mary. His mother lived to be over 100. My son, Frank, and I were very sorry to hear of his passing. We had seen him in recent years when Jimmy was still alive. They were so close and enjoyed a wonderful life together. God bless Uncle George and Uncle Jimmy. I enjoyed being part of the Trense/ Trippon family for many years. The Romanians are very loving festive people.
Nancy Trense
January 29, 2010
I got to meet and take George out to lunch when I was in LA in 2008.. What a wonderful time I had.. He made me feel like we were friends for years and years.. I will always cherish that day! I truly wish I had lived closer to George so I could have taken him to many more lunches and laugh and laugh. George, you truly are one of a kind and I thank you for being you! We love you George.
NOTE: I've been given many of George's video's from his TV show "Sew Whats New" and have almost finished posting them on You Tube at-
Shawn Quinlan
January 20, 2010
So sorry to hear about George Trippon
I used to watch his show on the Learning Channel years ago "Sew Whats New" It was a wonderful show and he made it so entertaining..He Will be missed.. {RDS}
Frank Dee
January 18, 2010
I, of course, am missing George immensely as he was a huge part of my daily life for the past 10 years.
I know George and Jimmie are very happy now. They will live on forever in our hearts.
January 16, 2010
George was one of the most kind and considerate gentleman in my life. A rarity in that he lived everyday in the present and strove to make it beautiful for those in his presence. Wherever he would go, he took his whole heart along. He was more than willing to share with me his life’s experiences, but also especially attentive to listening to mine, along with offering advice. I’m going to miss him very much; but on the brighter side I’m very happy that he no longer will have to deal with this life on earth alone. George Washington Trippon your memory will always live in my heart.
Ken Ware
Ken Ware
January 14, 2010
You were my mentor in sewing, and enabled me to have a lovely wardrobe on a clerks salary.

Your wonderful TV show helped me understand how to fit, which was no small task for a plus size person.

Wish we had met in real life. Maybe next time, we will.


Blessings, Gwen
January 10, 2010
May be back in the company of James W. Price and continue loving each others as when they were in Hearth.
I'm sure he will be missed by many.
Love to see his videos in Yutube, wish I could put them on a CD, to continue seeing his Lovely Face.
January 10, 2010
George was a caring and kind soul, he brought so much joy and laughter to so many. He always made me smile and i was a bg fan of his. He will live on in our hearts. He will be missed. God bless you George.
January 9, 2010
You live on forever George! Jimmy & George united again! Enjoy the next journey...if it's anything like this life, you'll bring laughter and joy!

Much love
Joe & Trey
January 6, 2010
George was a kind and gentle soul. He was good to his mother and especially to his sister Mary. He loved and was loved by all of his family. He will be missed for his caring manner and his wonderful wit.
Carol Szilagyi
January 6, 2010
George was an inspiration to so many people. His show was hilarious -- I used his expression "gaposis of the bustosis" all the time. Sorely missed. RIP George, you were one in a billion.
Gregory Stanton
January 5, 2010
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