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PHIPPEN, Richard Dane A lifelong resident of Wenham, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully at his home on Friday, October 7, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. He was 98 years old. "Dick" was born at his family home on Walnut Road in Wenham in 1918 to Henry O. and Edith (Dane) Phippen. He attended Wenham public schools before graduating from Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield in 1938. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the US Coast Guard, was stationed out of Boston, and served along the New England coast and in Greenland during World War II. Dick married Susanne "Snooky" LaCroix, of Chestnut Hill, MA, in October 1951. They moved to Wenham and built their home at Hurdle Hill Farm where they lived together for over 60 years, raising seven children. He spent his business career at Thorpe & Martin Inc., a downtown Boston business equipment and supply company, serving as President. Later he served for many years as Private Trustee at Woodstock Corporation, an investment management firm in Boston. During the 1960s and 70s, he served as a long-term member and Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Wenham. Throughout his life, he was passionately involved with many non-profit organizations. He served as both trustee and Chairman at Brookwood School and at his beloved alma mater, Governor Dummer Academy. A devout Christian all his life, he was a lifelong parishioner at Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, as well as a Vestry member. His religious convictions led him to also support Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, as trustee and Chairman of the Board. Continuing a long history of Phippen family involvement, he joined the Board and served as Chairman at Salem Hospital for many years, where he was also a dedicated volunteer family counselor in the ICU. Dick and Snooky supported a number of environmental and land conservation organizations: Essex County Greenbelt, The Trustees of Reservations and The Center for Plant Conservation among them. Seven children didn't keep him busy enough at home, so he filled his farm over the years with a variety of animals: from fainting goats to peacocks, sheep to turkeys, and almost everything in between. He was most proud of his collection of "Rarest of the Rare" chickens. A bountiful vegetable garden and year-round flowers from his greenhouse and flowerbeds were also passions for him. He had a profound love of the outdoors and spent many happy weeks in the woods of Quebec and Northern Maine and on the salt marshes of Essex. His home at Hurdle Hill Farm and his family were most important to him, and he had strong ties with his close and extended family throughout his life. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Snooky, and his older siblings, Henry O. Phippen and Joanne P. Marsh. He is survived by his sister, Geraldine P. Brown, of Lexington, sister-in-law Edith LaCroix Dabney, of Chestnut Hill, and brother-in-law, Nelson J. Darling, Jr., of Swampscott. He is also survived by his seven children: Will (and Sandy) of Wenham, Peter (and April) of Essex, Morey (and Brian) of Northampton, David (and Michelle) of Beverly, Anne (and Panagiotis) of Wenham, Hank (and Julie) of Beverly Farms, and Jojo of Boston; and in addition, 17 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 149 Asbury Street, Hamilton on Friday, November 11 at 10:30 am. Arrangements are by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pastoral Care Fund at North Shore Medical Center, 81 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or The Veterans' War Memorial Gift Fund at War Memorial, Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984. Information and online condolences at . Campbell Funeral Home Beverly, MA View the online memorial for Richard Dane PHIPPEN
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