York, Maine - Donald M. Lippoth, 87, of 109 Fieldstone Estates, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Gosnell Hospice House. He was born May 3, 1930 in New Rochelle, NY a son of the late Walter W. and Eleanor (Hager) Lippoth. He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Susan V. Lippoth in 2011 and a son John “Chip” Lippoth in 1982. He leaves a son Donald M. Lippoth Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Freeport, ME, 3 daughters, Kate and her husband Joe of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Barbara McWerter and her husband Scott of Morrisville, VT and Robyn Willow of Sarasota, FL; a brother Roger Lippoth of Pearl River, NY, a sister Janet Kusche of Savannah,GA; 4 grandchildren, Dan Shevenell, Kayla Becker, Kerry Sullivan and Fallon Lippoth; 3 great-grandchildren and his extended family Gina Connolly, David Nelson, MD, dear friend Jean Dolan and his dog, Daisy.
Don was a graduate of New Rochelle High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football. This would lead him to a full scholarship to Pennsylvania Military College. He was forever grateful for this opportunity. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army during the Korean War. He completed his education with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Louis.
Don’s professional career was in sales to power companies throughout New England. He and business partner Richard Corradino went on to establish their own electrical manufacturers’ representation company known as C&L Sales in 1982. The company continues today as First Line Associates, which was a source of pride for Don.
Don considers his move to York in 1978, marrying the love of his life Susan Van Aiken as the wisest decision he ever made. They were inseparable in their adventures; their love for each other was often mentioned as what others strived for!
Don’s motto to live by was, “I have things to do, people to see and places to go”! This would take on many forms whether it be sailing, motorcycling and restoring classic cars to name just a few of his hobbies. The friendships that he developed along the way were the invaluable results of these passions. He continued this zest for life to the very end and was looking forward to one more cruise on WHYKNOT with a “noon balloon” in hand.
He was active in the community and his church. He was known as “Santa” to many York families. He was a founding member of the Moose Island Yacht Club, a former member of the Portland Yacht Club and a York Rotarian. He belonged to several motorcycle and car clubs along the way. He was a fierce advocate for Pit Bull Terriers, having owned many over 70 years.
Don would want his legacy to be that he loved his wife, family, friends, his country and Christ.
His family is blessed for all of the love and memories that comfort us in our loss. We are also thankful to all of his friends and neighbors that comforted and sustained him after the loss of his Susan.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Monday, April 9th in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York, Maine. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday April 10th in the First Parish Church, 180 York Street, York, Maine. Burial will follow in the First Parish Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094, to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com