Joseph Paul "Tippy" Pohl, Jr., age 76, of Hampton, originally from Erie, passed away on July 7, 2021 at home from kidney failure, following a health decline that began with multiple cancer diagnoses in 2016.
Tippy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen, son Joseph (Amy) Pohl III and daughter Molly (Kevin) Krober, grandchildren Meghan and Anna Pohl, Joey and Bobby Dopirak and Hank, Tippy, Jack and Dixie Krober, brother Paul "Mickey" (Kaya) Pohl, and sister Mary Ellen (Tom) Rodgers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Joseph Pohl, Sr. and his in-laws Kathleen and Barney Sedelmyer, all of Erie, as well as his daughter, Mary Kathleen "Katie" Dopirak.
Tippy was born on June 30, 1945 in Erie. A 1963 graduate of East High School, he earned 16 varsity letters in football, baseball, golf, basketball and track. The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Erie Chapter inducted him in 1995 as Erie's premier scholastic athlete of his era.
From many football scholarship offers, Tippy chose the University of Pittsburgh, where #11 was a 3-year starter as a hard-hitting safety from 1964 to 1966. He was a proud Panther, as Pitt provided the foundation for numerous lifelong personal and professional relationships. After earning his B.A. in 1967, Tippy began in sales with RCA, before moving into the investment business, where he worked with Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber/UBS and Morgan Stanley. A true student of the stock market and classic stockbroker, he regularly achieved top producer status.
Golf was Tippy's passion, and he was a strong but affable competitor known for his go-for-broke approach and clutch putting. He grew up playing at Lawrence Park Golf Club, and frequently returned to Erie to participate in the Erie Charity Classic and the Kahkwa Club's annual member/guest tournament. A longtime member of Longue Vue Club and Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Tippy won LVC's senior club championship twice, was a four-time LVC club championship finalist, captained LVC's Diebold Cup interclub tournament team for many years, co-founded the McLaughlin Cup senior interclub tournament and captained LVC's team.
In addition to golf and the company of family and friends, Tippy loved breaking the rules, competing, his late Jack Russell terrier Samantha, cigarettes, vodka, jazz, gin rummy and Pitt football. He was a character with character.
Visitation will be at Schellhaas & Sons Funeral Home, 1600 Stone Mansion Dr., Franklin Park, PA 15143, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Glenshaw) at 10:30 a.m. on July 26, 2021 (meet at church).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation www.cjdfoundation.com
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Published by Erie Times-News on Jul. 13, 2021.