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Richard J. Zipp, 80, of Wilson, NY, who was the Superintendent of Wilson Central Schools for 28 years and a 46-year member of the Wilson Volunteer Fire Department, lost his hard fought battle to cancer on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
After graduating from Tonawanda H.S. in 1955, he earned an undergraduate and masters degrees from Buffalo State College and his SDA certificate from Niagara University.
He had a storied career in educational administration, as first a teacher in North Tonawanda in the early 60's, followed by 32-years at Wilson Central School as Principal and Superintendent. Richard impacted the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of young people throughout his leadership in education and is known throughout the Western, NY region as one of the top educators of his time.
His professional commitments included: NYS Council of School Superintendents, Erie-Niagara Superintendent Association, Orleans Niagara BOCES, Niagara-Orleans Athletic League Council and President, Section VI Athletic Council, Wilson Central School Booster Club, HealthNow Systems Board of Directors, WNY Blue Cross Shield Board of Directors.
A man dedicated to giving of himself, he believed in service and giving back to the community in which you live. A 45-year member of the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company, 42 years as a member of the local Lions Club, he was a lifetime member of the Wilson Community Library, the Wilson Historical Society, and a member of the St. Peters North Ridge Lutheran Church.
An avid golfer, he was a long time member of the Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, FL. In addition to being a dedicated Bills fan, he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice A. (Strassburg) Zipp; his sons, Richard (Laurie), Douglas (Catherine); daughter, Leanne (Matt) Paul; and grandchildren, Richard, Sarah (Sandra Walker-Zipp) and Max (Leanne and Matt); siblings, Sylvia Schaad, Patricia Follendorf and Robert Zipp.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte, and father, Joseph.
The family will be present Friday, December 22nd from 5-8 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 12:00 Noon, followed by a memorial service at 12 Noon at the Hamilton & Clark Funeral Home at 270 Young Street, Wilson, NY 14172. The family will have a celebration of life following the service at the Wilson Fire Department fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made to the Wilson Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund.
Published on December 21, 2017
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