|Birth: ||May 10, 1906|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1993|
Local businessman and former boxer Irving Ripps died Wednesday in a local hospital. He was 86.
Ripps , also known around town as the ``Ambassador of Royal Street," was a resident of Mobile since 1923, when he arrived in America from Russia to join family members who arrived in 1914.
He learned English while attending Raphael Semmes School.
He then began a professional boxing career as ``Battling Ripps ," winning numerous bouts. After losing his first fight in California, he returned to Mobile, where he opened his first clothing store, selling clothing and other items to ships in port. He joined the Bonded Sea Stores of America and remained in business for 63 years.
Ripps married the former Anita Friedlander in 1933 and had two daughters and two sons. The sons, Alan Ripps and Gordon Ripps , later joined their father in the business, which became known as Please see RIPPS on 5B
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District Court Judge Dominick Matranga described Ripps as a man who brought with him great qualities.
``He taught us the qualities of hard work, love and devotion. He left a legacy of that all of us would like to leave. It's really hard to say good-bye to him," said Judge Matranga.
Matranga said Ripps got into boxing after getting into many scraps on the streets. He had his first fight in the German Relief Hall.
He also learned many languages.
``Anybody who walked into his store, he could communicate with them, literally. He loved people. He loved his family and I'm not saying that just to say it. Nobody in need left Irving Ripps without having that need met. He always had a smile for everyone, even after the death of his first-born son, Alan," Matranga said.
During his spare time, Ripps built houses and apartments.
In addition to the Bonded Sea Stores of America, Ripps was a member of Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, B'nai B'rith, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Propeller Club. He was also a 32nd degree Mason with Abba Temple, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Masonic Lodge F&AM.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Friedlander Ripps of Mobile; two daughters, Harriet Powers of Dallas, Texas, and Phyllis Stern of Seattle, Wash.; one son, Gordon Ripps of Mobile; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Mercy Medical Hospice Irving Ripps Memorial, P.O. Box 1090, Daphne, Ala., 36526, or to the congregation of Ahavas Chesed Synagoge, 705 Regents Way, Mobile, Ala., 36609.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today in the Ahavas Chesed Cemetery. Roche-Belmany-Herrington Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Press-Register (Mobile, AL) - Thursday, February 18, 1993
Anita Friedlander Ripps (1911 - 1997)*
Ahavas Chesed Cemetery
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