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 Tripp Gordon Gavigan

Tripp Gordon Gavigan

Birth
Death 18 Dec 1998 (aged 92)
Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot K, 0, 60
Memorial ID 688773 · View Source
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Anchorage Daily News December 22, 1998

Pioneer Alaskan Tripp Gavigan, 92, died of heart failure Dec. 18, 1998, at his Anchorage home. A visitation is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A second visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The service begins at noon Thursday with Chaplain Don McCullough officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mr. Gavigan was born Nov. 5, 1906, in Valdez and worked as a logger for one year before leaving Alaska in 1924 to attend school in Washington. He earned his bachelor's degree in arts at the University of Washington. While a student, he worked as a part-time miner and later as a miner/assayer. In 1938, he began working as a mining engineer. While working in the Philippines during World War II, he was captured by the Japanese. When the U.S. re-captured the Philippines, he was released and went on to serve in the merchant marines until 1948. Working as a mining engineer after his service, he rose to mine superintendent before 1960, when he began working in the civil service as a tramline operator in the North Dew Line Site on the Chukchi Sea until his retirement in 1965. Playing horseshoes, crossword puzzles and playing at sweepstakes were all activities he enjoyed. Friends said, ''Tripp Gavigan was the 'old man who lived in the alley.' He could be seen downtown shoveling snow in the winter and playing solo horseshoes in the summer. He had great humility, although he was extremely intelligent with a phenomenal memory. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge in world history and geography and would talk for hours on those subjects with anyone.'' Mr. Gavigan leaves no immediate family survivors. Friends suggest memorial donations to the Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave., Anchorage 99501. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Tripp was preceded in death by his parents John Tripp Gavigan and Josephine Wright Gavigan Nesbit and his brother Max.


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 688773
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tripp Gordon Gavigan (5 Nov 1906–18 Dec 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 688773, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .