Charles W. Trippe, 81, Westport


Charles W. (Charlie) Trippe, 81 years young, died peacefully but reluctantly at home in Westport Point on January 29, 2017, in the company of his family.

He was a perpetrator of wild schemes, energetic and hardworking, an enthusiastic family sailor, a lover of golf, skiing, and football, and a loyal and generous family man. 

He was the devoted son of the late Juan and Betty Trippe. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years, Pamela Reid Trippe; sons, Charles Trippe Jr. (Stanieta Williams), James Trippe, Elizabeth Trippe (Greg Barr), Carrie Trippe (Scott Duryea) and his eight grandchildren, Tory, Brian, Tyler, Max, Nate, Alex, Nico, and Laura. He was the brother of Edward Trippe of Greenwich, Conn., the late Betsy DeVecchi, the late John Trippe, and a special uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

He was raised in New York City and East Hampton, NY. He attended Buckley School, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Business School. His successful business career began at Intercontinental Hotels living and traveling around the world before joining Pan Am for 17 years. He moved on to work at Bell and Howell in Chicago and the Am Pro Corporation in Florida. He had great interest in real estate projects and foreign business interests from which he never officially retired.

He enjoyed being a board member at The Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Pan Am Historical Foundation and was always a big fan of anything Yale. Forever a maverick with a twinkle, he will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Pan Am Historical Foundation at 1275 Fairfax Ave., Suite 747, San Francisco, CA 94124.  

Arrangements are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road Westport.

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