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May 14, 1935 – Oct. 31, 2013

Rev. Ronald Russell Tripi,a Buffalo native who served as a teacher and pastor for more than 20 years in East Pakistan and Bangladesh, died Thursday in Holy Cross House, South Bend, Ind., after a brief illness. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Eggertsville and was a 1953 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. After his freshman year at Notre Dame University, he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross’ Sacred Heart Novitiate in Jordan, Minn., on Aug. 15, 1954, and made his First Vows a year later on Aug. 16, 1955. He then returned to Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame, earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1958 and a master’s degree in sacred doctrine from Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C., in 1962.

In 1962, he went to East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, and worked in various parishes as an associate pastor, pastor and teacher for Holy Cross Foreign Missions.

He returned to South Bend in 1986 and became associate pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church there. He was associate pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend from 2001 until his death. He celebrated his 50th jubilee May 25, 2012, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University.

A humble man, his favorite phrase to his nieces and nephews was to “take care of the little people and God will take care of you.”

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Wendy King, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.