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Sept. 21, 1932 – Feb. 4, 2014

Joseph M. Tripi, of Clarence, a construction company owner who built many suburban homes and town houses in the 1980s and 1990s, died Tuesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a long illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1954 graduate of Lafayette High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Buffalo and he served in the Navy as a petty officer second class. Self-employed as a certified public accountant for more than 55 years, Mr. Tripi became a partner with his brother, John R. Sr., a Grand Island builder, in Park Land Enterprises Inc., then founded Parkhaven Builders in the 1980s, building homes in Grand Island, Amherst and Lancaster. His most notable development was town houses on Burroughs Drive in Snyder.

Retiring from building in 1997, he worked for Coach USA as a local and interstate bus driver whose passengers included the Buffalo Bills. Later he operated vans for Aspire of WNY, where he transported disabled clients until he retired from driving in 2008.

He enjoyed swimming and scuba diving.

He was the father of Erie County Family Court Judge Deanne M. Tripi. Survivors also include his wife, the former Claudia Terranova; two sons, Russell J. Ward and Joseph M. Jr.; a sister, Mary Jane Fasanella; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St. at Best Street.